Skip to comments.Former State Sen. Steve Stivers seeks rematch against Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15)
Posted on 07/07/2009 10:17:37 AM PDT by LdSentinal
A former GOP state senator who narrowly lost a 2008 bid for Congress to Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy has formally announced he's seeking a rematch for the Columbus area seat.
Republican Steve Stivers, who lost to Kilroy by a 2,312 vote margin after a month-long tallying of provisional ballots, says he expects a different 2010 result. Kilroy got 45.94 percent of the 2008 vote, while Stivers got 45.18 percent. Other candidates split the rest.
"We need to put a stop to out-of-control spending, higher taxes and more debt and instead focus on helping Ohio families, encourage job creation and business growth here at home," Stivers said in a Tuesday morning press release.
As Stivers attacked Kilroy for voting to increase the size of government, and backing bailouts "with billions in taxpayer dollars," the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee blasted Stivers as "a former bank lobbyist who is only looking out for Washington special interests."
"This new Steve Stivers of 2010 may be repackaged, but voters will easily see he is still the same Steve Stivers they rejected in 2008," said a statement from DCCC spokeswoman Gabby Adler.
Stivers, who serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard, said he expects attacks against his character, and retorted: "When you've been shot at by real bullets, negative political attacks just don't matter."
Former Cincinnati-area GOP congressman Steve Chabot, who lost to Democrat Steve Driehaus in 2008, is also seeking a rematch. Driehaus won that race with 52.5 percent of the vote to Chabot's 47.5 percent.
This dude better make sure that ACORN doesn’t get involved.
I believe that Gov Palin should identify the 60 to 70 most vulnerable Dem House seats and spend her new “time off” campaigning to oust those Dems. A shift of 40 seats to the GOP favor is just enough to take control of the house. More than that and you can build a solid majority.
If she can also fit in 5 or 6 Senators that would set up a great run for 2012
Second, and perhaps most important, this district is trending leftward. The demographics have shifted an awful lot. There is conservative strength in the rural areas of the district but that alone isn't going to win it. There just aren't enough votes in the rural areas to offset the huge 'Rat advantage in Columbus and, increasingly, the suburbs. I'd swear there were more "Arlington for Obama" signs the last time around than there were dandelions in my lawn this Spring (which was a lot).
Noble got 14k votes, Eckhart 13k.
I just think 2010 is going to be a tough slog for 'Pubs in general. The media is going to burnish Bama's glow even more because he's "too big (and important) to fail", and that means keeping as many Bama allies as possible. Even given the utter failure Strickland has been, the voters, in the end, will probably give him another turn.
Stivers running again in OH. This was the seat stolen by Jennifer Brunner on behalf of Kilroy.
“All Stivers needs is some of the votes that went to the Libertarian Noble and Eckhart the Independent.
Noble got 14k votes, Eckhart 13k.”
According to this website, Stivers isn’t pro-life:
Although this website cited him for voting a pro-life position:
I hope Stivers pulls it out this time. Obama is slowly sinking in the polls.
Congressman-Elect Stivers is running again? Good. It would have been shame for him retire after one stolen term.
He and Chabot are 2 of our best pickup opportunities.
This shows the danger of minor-party candidates who don't have a prayer of being elected costing a pro-life candidate an election. I'm sure the minor party candidate thought he was "making a statement" or "teaching them a lesson", and in the end helped defeat a pro-life candidate and sent a rabidly pro-abortion 'Rat to Congress to help implement Oscumbag's pro-abortion agenda. Lot of good that did the pro-life cause.
Eckhart is a Christian and pro-life. I don’t know if the term “anti-abortion activist” would be an accurate moniker for him, though.
My recollection was that Eckhart’s campaign was based largely on the abortion issue (or at least that’s what the papers reported). I have no problem with that (I’m 100% pro-life myself), but I would prefer to have Stivers in Congress instead of an ultra-liberal Democrat.
I would like to announce that I am going to run in the Republican Primary in 2010 for Representative to Congress in the 15th congressional district. I filed my intent to run on March 24, 2009 with the FEC. Below is my contract with Ohio:
Back to our Roots Contract with Ohio.
I am David Ryon. I am a Republican Candidate for Representative in the 15th Congressional District. This is my initiative to bring the Republican Party back to its roots and my 15 point contract with the constituents of the 15th congressional district and Ohio. If you want a candidate to actively:
1. Roll back spending in order to start paying off our $10+ Trillion dollar debt, abolish the Federal Reserve, and restore the gold standard.
2. Repeal the 16th Amendment (Federal Income Tax).
3. Balance our Budget by ending deficit spending with a Balanced Budget Amendment.
4. Right-size our federal government by getting rid of the Department of Energy, IRS, and Department of Homeland Security.
5. Create tax deductions for health care costs.
6. Create tax credits for education costs for those who attend public institutions, private institutions or home-schooled.
7. Bring our troops home immediately.
8. Support a non-interventionist Foreign Policy.
9. Defend the lives of the unborn and abolish the federal death penalty.
10. Guard our 2nd Amendment rights from legislation that would diminish the ability to keep and bear arms.
11. Protect our national sovereignty by protecting our borders.
12. Vote against a National ID Card and against the formation of a North American Union and Vote in favor of strengthen individual States rights.
13. Advocate the Republic that our Constitution created and not a Social-Welfare Empire.
14. Stop career politicians by supporting term limits in the form of a 12 year restriction. No person shall serve more than 12 years total between the House of Representatives, United States Senate, and/or President of the United States.
15. The one addition to government I would support is the creation of the Department of Peace and Non-Violence as a cabinet-level department of the executive branch as proposed by our founding father Benjamin Rush.
This is my pledge and contract that I make with the people of the 15th congressional district and Ohio. I encourage you to support my candidacy with your vote in the Republican Primary in 2010.
2010 Republican Candidate for Representative to Congress
15th congressional district, Ohio
Good luck there David.
But Steve Stivers is the clear choice for this one.
You might consider trying for a lesser post like state legislature that you have a more realistic chance of winning.
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