Skip to comments.Rep. Steve LaTourette to retire from Congress, sources say
Posted on 07/30/2012 4:23:37 PM PDT by Typelouder
Longtime Republican congressman Steve LaTourette of Bainbridge Township will announce his retirement from Congress tomorrow, according to GOP sources in Ohio and Washington, D.C.
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LaTourette has scheduled a "major announcement" at 10 A.M. press conference in Painesville on Tuesday morning. His office would not discuss its subject but said "you shouldn't miss it."
LaTourette was unopposed in the March GOP primary, and was not deemed to have a strong strong opponent in November's election. The Democrat on the ballot against him is perennial candidate Dale Virgil Blanchard.
County Republican chairmen in the district LaTourette represents - which includes Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties and parts of Cuyahoga, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties - will select his replacement on the ballot, Republicans said.
LaTourette, 58, was first elected to the House of Representatives in a 1994 election that swept Republicans into power for the first time in decades. The former Lake County prosecutor won his seat by defeating incumbent Democratic Rep. Eric Fingerhut.
He displayed an irreverent streak early on, inviting humor columnist Dave Barry to serve as a temporary press aide . He also established a centrist voting record that kept him from being targeted for defeat by organized labor.
A recent voting evaluation by National Journal magazine cited LaTourette as the second most liberal Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, behind North Carolinas Walter Jones.
High profile breaks with his party have included opposing the TARP bank rescue program and backing extended unemployment benefits during the recession. When a congressional "supercommittee" wrestled with a plan to cut the federal budget deficit, LaTourette was among a bipartisan group of 100 Congress members who sent them a letter that said nothing including tax increases should be off the table.LaTourette helped establish an arbitration process that saved hundreds of auto dealers that were scheduled to close after the federal government bailed out General Motors and Chrysler. When Clevelands Defense Finance and Accounting Service office was in danger of closing during a military base consolidation process, LaTourette led efforts to save it.
LaTourette is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which directs federal spending. His ability to use that post to steer money to Ohio projects has been hampered by a recent ban on congressional earmarks.
A close ally of House Speaker John Boehner, LaTourette served as the congressional liaison to Republicans in Columbus who redrew the new congressional district lines. He has said the the new lines of his district encompass a "swing" territory that could elect a Republican or a Democrat, unlike many districts that were drawn to favor one party or the other.
Welcome news...maybe. Depends on who the party orgs put up to replace him...might just be the same story over again or worse. WaPo article on the same thing called him “one of the few moderate Republicans left in the House”...if only that were true. The good news is that the Dems’ already chose their candidate as a token candidate as they were expecting to have LaTourette as an unbeatable oppenent...so the GOP will likely still win the seat if they pick a decent candidate.
Hmm...well, I guess he wasn't all bad.
It sez he ran unopposed in the primary, and that the Pubbie ballot spot will be filled by Pubbie chairs in three counties and parts of four others. Opposition includes a perennial failure Demwit, a Green, and a Libertarian. Thanks Typelouder.
It’s about time that f^%#head, s(#$head, j(*$off, arsehole, c*nt, etc. left Congress.
Sorry, that’s my LaTourette’s kicking up again.
Nice of him to wait until AFTER the primary so the elites can choose his replacement.
He must have been a real rip-snorter, I never heard of him.
Maybe his replacement will not be a EUNUCH
Awfully late to bail out now. Was he caught in bed with a boy?
I won’t shed any tears if LaTourette retires, particularly given the timing of his announcement (which will allow the county GOP, which I believe is fairly conservative in that part of OH, to pick his successor on the ballot). Whoever runs for the GOP should be able to beat the third-tier Democrat in November in a district that was made a bit more Republican in redistricting (but only leans Republican).
A few years ago (before he moved on to bigger and greater things), Josh Mandel would have been an ideal candidate to replace LaTourette in Congress. Do any FReepers have any idea of who the GOP could nominate in this NE OH congressional district?
On each ranking, LaTourette is the lowest ranked Republican congressman (there are 12), and on the Club for Growth he ranks below Kucinich!
All 5 ratings were based on votes cast and whether they were voting with the nation's best interests in mind, or their own reelection prospects.
From the article:
“Potential candidates include Geauga County Prosecutor David P. Joyce, former Ohio Rep. Matthew Dolan, and U.S. Marshall Peter J. Elliott.”
I don’t know anything about these individuals.
Of course, had he retired prior to the primary that Democrats would have recruited a top-tier challenger as well, and the general election could go either way.
I think that the timing of LaTourette’s retirement could work out as well for us as the late retirement by execrable RINO Jim Greenwood in 2004; the Bucks County, PA GOP picked conservative Bucks County Commissioner Mike Fitzpatrick, who easily won that November. (Fitzpatrick would go on to lose reelection in the Dem-leaning district by the skin of his teeth in über-Democrat 2006, but won the seat back in 2010 and should win reelection by a comfortable margin this November.)
Will his seat go republican or to the party of the ass?
If he switches parties tomorrow and admits that he is a gay pedophile... the dims will make him minority leader.
If his replacement turns out to be a conservative, even though his replacement would be a Republican this could be considered a pick-up based on this joker’s voting record.
The Dem is a perennial office-seeker with no $$.
I just can’t F%&k#3n control it. Sorry a$$&ole.
That's really all I needed to know.
He’s my rep - good riddance. Since I’m not a party member I’ve no idea who they’ll plug in to take his place, but I may drop a line to the local tea types to see if they know...hell might even throw my hat in the ring...lol
Any guess as to who will replace LaTourette on the ballot?
I think it’ll stay republican this cycle. The problem is if they select too conservative a candidiate, while he or she may win this time against their throw away candidate, the next election in two years will find a more formidable dem in opposition.
I wish that they were ALL that kind.
I suppose it won’t be too long now till we see him on MSNBC bashing Conservatives.
Sources say he’s taking his ball and going home because of an unspecified “committee assignment dispute” with the leadership. So he is Congress’s oldest 4 year old?
Reading post in early A.M. and spit out my coffee! Thanks! ROFLMAO
“Reading post in early A.M. and spit out my coffee! Thanks! ROFLMAO”
Sorry about that. I just can’t understand how the shrinks can call that an abnormal condition (i.e., not just someone being a brat), while calling being gay normal, and making a move now to call pedophilia normal.
Like I just said on another thread, not surprising. And this guy used to “represent” me in Congress too.
At last, I had time to borrow a computer.
There are four names being mentioned as possible GOP nominees for this race. They are Geauga County DA David Joyce, former state Representative Matthew Dolan, Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jack Schron, and Lake County Recorder Jason Wuliger. They all sound credible, but I know nothing about them.
The district is an urban/suburban district that where Obama and McCain ran essentially even in 2008.
Your most conservative candidate to replace LaTourette has to be state representative Ron Young from Lake County. It is possible that they may find him too conservative and go with someone else. It’s a very long list.
The Ohio Democrat Party is trying to pressure the perennial candidate to drop out so they can name a replacement. They have until the thirteenth of August.
“The Ohio Democrat Party is trying to pressure the perennial candidate to drop out so they can name a replacement. They have until the thirteenth of August.”
He ran and lost in 2000 and 2002.
The guy who ran and lost in 2008 and 2010 is running for State Supreme Court after winning a fluke primary.
I guess it is a good year to be a guy who ran against LaT twice and lost by 20+ points each time.
I see that Ron Young is from the more rural eastern part of Lake County, but presumably is well known in the suburban (and very marginal, if not Dem-leaning) NW corner of the county adjoining Cleveland. Lake County is still the heart of that CD, and from what I read Young has a history of winning tough races (and beat a Dem incumbent in 2010), so given that he’s also a solid (and proven) conservative I think he could be someone who “hits the sweet spot” for us.
The only name I could think of would be for the Dems to run Eric Fingerhut again, and after his single term in Congress, he did manage to return to the Ohio Senate for awhile (left office in 2007).
You do not have to live in the district so I wonder if Dennis Kucinich wouldn’t run.
Other Dem choices would include 2 of Lake County Commissioners, although they are both running for other offices at the moment.
Kucinich couldn’t win that district.
He’s veered too far left and too kooky over the years.
But in a blue wave year, he might.
Plus he has a some credibility as the only guy who went to DC and did not get rich off it.
Did you hear that Kuch “considered” running in Washington State (for the new 1st district)? Hilarious.
Yeah, although that mainly was before the new WA-10 was drawn (Kucinich was hoping for a more lefty district and for Adam Smith to stay in the WA-09). When OH Republicans drew a new district from his bailiwick in West Cleveland through Lorain to Toledo, he ran there instead, but lost the primary to Toledo’s Kaptur.
After losing the primary, Kucinich went through the motions of considering moving to the Seattle area, but Adam Smith would have beaten him in the primary and I don’t think he really was considering seriously it at that late stage. It would have been fun to see a recent presidential candidate lose two House primaries in two states in the same year.
When Fingerhut represented the district (then numbered the OH-19), it had a finger that winnowed far west into heavily Dem areas south of Cleveland. I don’t think that Fingerhut would be a very good candidate for the Dems in the new OH-14; they’d be better off with some blue-collar county official from Lake or Ashtabula Counties.
You know what Democrat used to represent part of the district in Congress? Jim Traficant! (The old 17th stretched into northeast and north-central Trumbull County until the 2000 Census, and those areas are in the new OH-14.) He’s out of prison now, and certainly would make the race entertaining. Somehow, however, I don’t see OH Dems managing to convince the Democrat nominee to step down and then replacing him on the ballot with Jim Traficant. : )
Update: (Perennial Candidate) Dale Virgil Blanchard has no plans to drop out of congressional race
I have no idea who local Republicans will nominate to succeed Steve LaTourette. A great choice IMHO would be state Representative Ronald Young, a fervent TEA Party conservative from Lake County. Problem is that LaTourette dislikes him and the local party establishment has some problems with him, as well. Matthew Dolan is definitely in the running, and given his youth (he looks like a college student) and his family’s prominence, he’s in the running. Some are talking David Joyce as a compromise candidate, which is what happened in Illinois (Rodney Davis). I suppose we’ll see, but any input from Ohio Freepers would be appreciated.
Goldwater, the Dems would like to pull Mr. Blanchard for Capri Cafaro, she ran against LaTourette in 2004 and is currently occupying a state senate seat.
David Joyce, Geauga Co prosecutor replaces Steve LaTourette
Republican leaders in the 14th Congressional District selected Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce on Friday to replace nine-term U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Joyce landed the nomination in a meeting of GOP chairs and central committee secretaries from the seven counties that make up the district, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Portage, Summit and Trumbull.
Joyce, who has served as prosecutor in a reliably Republican county since 1988, has directed the high-profile case against a 17-year-old charged with killing three students in a shooting rampage in February at Chardon High School.
Joyce will likely be favored over Democrat Dale Virgil Blanchard, who has run for Congress 10 times.
Joyce said in a phone interview that he was ready to take a conservative but practical message of belt-tightening to Congress.
“There’s going to have to be some shared sacrifice here to make this system work,” he said.
“The economy’s out of whack. Everybody in this community I know has tightened their belts to make it work for their family: I think Washington needs to do the same.”