COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, in response to news that Ohio Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette plans to withdraw from the general election and retire at the conclusion of his term, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:
“Ohio Republicans are in complete disarray, as they scramble to find a replacement candidate for a competitive district that they never thought they’d have to work to defend. Republicans did not see this vacancy coming, and if they had, they wouldn’t have made the 14th one of the only evenly split districts in the state.
“Congressman LaTourette was absolutely right when he said today that the ‘atmosphere in the House of Representatives no longer encourages the finding of common ground.’ House Republicans, led by Speaker Boehner, continue to set record disapproval levels for Congress because their radical, ideological Tea Party freshmen refuse any and all forms of compromise. A month doesn’t pass where these ideologues don’t threaten to shut down the government, or hold work hostage that is important to Ohio’s economy, like passing a Farm Bill during the worst drought we’ve seen in decades.
“After Senate Bill 5, the men and women of the 14th District understand just how out of touch Ohio’s Republican Party is with working families. Those men and women will rally to elect a Democrat to Congress in this seat, whether it’s this year, or in 2014.”