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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Wednesday, October 20, 2004

    Another ooh la LaTourette endorsement - but not here 

    The Akron Beacon Journal has joined The Plain Dealer in endorsing U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette for a sixth term of representing Ohio's 14th District, which includes northeast Summit County. The editorial board's conclusion: LaTourette has done a good job and his Democratic challenger, Capri Cafaro, is an empty dress. If the assessment of Ohioblog's former colleagues in the editorial department is, as usual, on the money, it seems to me another case of choosing between the lesser of two evils. LaTourette may run a shipshape professional operation, but his personal choices, such as striking up a relationship with a lobbyist who was his chief of staff and lobbies the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on which he serves, have been just plain messy and spill over onto the professional side. What bothers Ohioblog the most is the hyprocrisy found even in LaTourette's strengths. He can't be turned out of office because he now is an influencial member of a committee he would not even be on if he had kept his original pledge to run for no more than four terms. Every person has the right to change his mind. That's why a smart politician doesn't paint himself into a corner with such statements. I'm just glad I don't live in the 14th.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 9:43 AM

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