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Friday, February 21, 2014

Matt Lynch plans to stay in congressional primary against U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce

State Rep. Matt Lynch said Friday he has no plans to drop out of a Republican primary against incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District.

Lynch, R-Bainbridge Township, filed to run against Joyce, R-Russell Township, rather than seek re-election to his seat in the Ohio House of Representatives District 76.

“I’m in it to win it,” Lynch said. “I have no plans or intentions of doing anything other than to win.”

Sarah LaTourette, a Bainbridge Township Republican who is the daughter of former U.S. Rep. Steven C. LaTourette, filed to run for the Ohio House 76th District seat.

After Sarah LaTourette filed to run for the Ohio House seat, Lynch would have a primary had he filed for re-election.

“My only reluctance to run for Congress was (Joyce) was a Republican incumbent,” Lynch said. "Once LaTourette showed me it was OK to challenge a Republican, I went ahead."

He said that he has begun to receive some financial support for his congressional campaign.

“I’m collecting support from liberty groups from all across Ohio,” Lynch said.

He declined to name some of those supporters specifically saying he would rather let them speak for themselves.

Lynch said the weekend after the Feb. 5 deadline to file to run in a partisan primary he received calls from Washington and was on a plane to D.C. on March 10.

“It’s really a national campaign because of the tension that has developed between the conservative wing and what some would call the establishment part of the party,” he said.

Lynch said he hasn’t spoken personally with Joyce since filing to run in the primary, but has exchanged voicemails with the congressman and anticipates seeing him throughout the campaign.

“I have no personal animosity with David,” Lynch said. “I’ve known him for over 25 years.”

The winner of the May 6 Republican primary moves on to face Democrat Michael Wager of Moreland Hills and Solon Libertarian David Macko in the Nov. 4 election.

John Arthur Hutchison
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why aren't the libertarian groups supporting the libertarian? If they think Dave is too mainstream and republicans are too mainstream, they should support a third party candidate. Sounds like they are more about winning in a party they mock, as opposed to sticking to their principles and electing a libertarian...

March 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM 

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