Monday, November 05, 2007

GOP Recruits Strong Candidate in Ohio 15 (Pryce Seat)

The team at Red State links to a piece in the Columbus Dispatch. The Dispatch reports that the GOP has at last gotten the candidate it always wanted to attempt to hold the seat of retiring Representative Deborah Pryce:

Doug Preisse, chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party, said late yesterday that he is delighted Stivers has changed his mind about running in the 15th District, which includes most of Columbus, western Franklin County and all of Union and Madison counties.

"The complexion of the campaign has just changed overnight," Preisse said.

Stivers, 42, a member of the state Senate for five years, was the first potential candidate whom U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner of West Chester called after GOP Rep. Deborah Pryce of Upper Arlington unexpectedly announced in August that she would not seek a ninth two-year term...

But Stivers offers a new challenge, because as a lieutenant colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard, he has led troops in the Iraq war. Stivers and other members of the Columbus-based 237th Personnel Services Battalion returned from a 12-month tour of duty in the Middle East and Africa in December 2005.

It looks like there will be plenty of Republican House candidates next year who are Iraq war veterans.

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