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Thursday, September 08, 2005

OH-Sen: Re-Elect Ryan: 'Encouraged' Paul Hackett

Posted by Bob Brigham

If Congressman Tim Ryan were to have run against Republican Senator Mike DeWine, Representative Ryan would have slapped him like a fly. But Congressman Ryan is focused on his district right now.

From an email:


In 2002, the voters of my District placed their trust and confidence in me. It was, and still remains, the greatest honor of my life. In turn, I promised them my complete dedication to bringing economic opportunity and reform to a region where economic hardship has persisted for far too long.

I'm very proud of the progress my district has made, and optimistic for its future. But to continue this progress, there is much more work still to be done. So today, after much thought and discussion with family, friends, and supporters, I am announcing my plans to run for re-election in Ohio's 17th Congressional District.

I'm deeply honored and grateful for the support I've received from so many individuals and organizations at the national, local, grassroots, and netroots levels who've urged me to run for Senate. However, my first priority is to continue the work I've begun for the people I now represent. For this reason I have decided that now is not the time for me to pursue another office.

Next year's mid-term elections present extraordinary opportunities for Democrats in Ohio and across the nation. I look forward to helping Ted Strickland become the next governor of Ohio and to working with my fellow Democrats to elect Democrats to statewide and legislative office. I am also confident that the Senate seat now held by Mike DeWine can be won by a Democrat who will champion the interests of all Ohioans rather than rubberstamp the policies of a President and Republican Congress that reflect the interests of a select few. In particular, I believe Paul Hackett is one such individual who -- should he decide to run --would serve Ohio well in the U.S. Senate. I have encouraged Mr. Hackett to run for the Senate seat and hope that I will have the opportunity to actively support his candidacy.

Tim Ryan should be wearing sunglasses on the floor of the House his future is so bright.

As for the Senate seat: RUN PAUL RUN!

Posted at 07:00 PM in Ohio | Technorati


"Tim Ryan should be wearing sunglasses on the floor of the House his future is so bright."

Indeed. ;)

Posted by: nickshepDEM [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 8, 2005 10:08 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Imagine Ryan and Hackett eventually replacing Dewine and Voinovich as the Senators from Ohio! How kick-ass would that be?

Posted by: HellofaSandwich [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 8, 2005 10:13 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment