Who would have thought
last December when U.S. Rep. Steven C.
LaTourette filed to run for re-election that he would step down as
his party’s nominee?
withdrawal still surprises many people, including me, as he kept his decision
close to the vest until a day or so before his news conference. There wasn’t
even a hint of speculation that the congressman wouldn’t seek re-election.
As of this column’s
writing, who would replace LaTourette wasn’t known, as Republican leaders were
scheduled to have met Friday. Names like former state Rep. Matt Dolan
and Geauga County
Prosecutor Dave Joyce
But more than a few
potential candidates had to be prepared for a potentially life-changing
decision. Some thought long and hard about a run for Congress, but decided not
to throw their hat into the ring.
Eventually around 20
people expressed an interest in the position that if selected would create a
flurry of activity as the Nov. 6 election is only 84 days away.
Running for Congress
isn’t like running for a county, municipal or township position. There are
seven counties in the 14th Congressional District and with so little time, it
makes it tougher for candidates to get their message out to voters.
This race, however,
should now attract previously unexpected media coverage of the online, print
and broadcast variety so that will help the candidates.
The Republican Party’s
nominee likely will be considered the favorite in November, but it’s not
necessarily a slam-dunk.
Solon Democrat Dale Virgil Blanchard
as his party’s nominee and has run for this seat every two years since 2000. He
won the party’s nomination in 2000, 2002, and 2012.
During those campaigns,
Blanchard has never raised or spent much, if any, money. Yet, he always
attended candidate events, filled out questionnaires and did whatever he could
to be a responsible candidate. Because of this and other previous appearances
on the ballot, some voters might remember his name this November.
When I saw Blanchard in
July he said he continued to run for Congress each time because he wanted to
give voters a choice especially if there was a scenario when LaTourette wasn’t
on the ballot.
Now Blanchard has his
best opportunity so far and he’s energized and ready to make a run. The
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has tried to talk Blanchard into
stepping down, but as of this writing he hadn’t.
Does he really owe it
to the Democratic Party, which after 12 years provided little or no financial
support? I’ll be curious to see if this time he raises and spends money on this
Blanchard won’t have an
easy time winning against the Republican Party’s candidate, but this might be
his best shot yet. Could he win or make it close?
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Summer Cookout Fundraiser for Ann Radcliffe
, candidate for Lake County Recorder, 5:30
to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at Deekers Sidetracks in Mentor. See Terri Conley
Seventh annual steak roast for Lorraine Fende
, candidate for Lake
County Treasurer, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Wickliffe Italian American Club.
See Diane Fox
or Nick Cindric
Fourth annual Labor Day Picnic for Wickliffe Mayor Bill Margalis
, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug.
31 at Wickliffe Italian American Club Picnic Pavalion. See Sue Margalis
Fundraiser for state Rep. Casey Kozlowski
, candidate for Ohio House of
Representatives District 99, 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the home of Tom
and Melissa Pope
in Saybrook Township. See Kozlowski.
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2012 election, Dale Virgil Blanchard, Dave Joyce, Matt Dolan, Ohio 14th Congressional District, Ohio Democratic Party, Steve LaTourette