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Tall tale? Warrensville Heights corrects NY Times, says their mayor is tallest politician

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 15:14:43-04

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — The City of Warrensville Heights says the New York Times is fake news.

The paper published an article Tuesday boasting that Robert Cornegy Jr., a Brooklyn city councilman, is the world’s tallest politician at 6-foot-10.

But at a staggering 7 feet tall, Warrensville Heights Mayor Bradley Sellers is the tallest politician in the world, according to June Scharf, the city’s director of communications. Sellers was a former power forward for the Chicago Bulls.

Scharf said the city has reached out to the Times to get the record corrected. The city was told they would have to go through the official certification process with the Guinness Book of World Records.

City officials weren’t aware this record existed, but now that they are, they would like to rectify it, and get Mayor Sellers on the book as the tallest politician in the world.

Cornegy Jr., who currently holds the official record, is also a former basketball player, helping the 1984-85 St. John’s University team to the Final Four. He told the New York Times what he went through to get the measurement and official record was “borderline ridiculous.”

“But I think it was worth it to bring that designation to New York — and Brooklyn,” he said.

News 5 will check back with Warrensville Heights to find out if they are able to make their mayor the official tallest politician, and bring the designation to Northeast Ohio in the process.