Open Season on Democrats: Obamacare Traitor Mary Kaptur

May 26, 2010 08:36

Ohio’s ninth district residents aren’t unhappy with their Democratic representative, Marcy Kaptur. There are 10% more Democratic voters than Republican voters in the district, and Kaptur has held the seat for 14 consecutive terms. But this election cycle is different, and Republican challenger Rich Iott thinks he has a fighting chance.

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“What the Rich Iott campaign has done is start to give people who would otherwise support Marcy – but don’t like what they’ve seen out of her, or out of Washington – the belief that she can be defeated,” said Fritz Wenzel, a chief adviser to the Iott campaign. “The intensity on the Republican side is so much greater than on the Democratic side.”

In other words, even Iott knows it’s a long-shot, but because of the recent political climate, he’s feeling good. Kaptur’s last-minute flip-flopping on the Obamacare vote added an element of vulnerability to her candidacy; she was member of the Stupak voting bloc, and northern Ohio’s strongly pro-life sentiments haven’t taken kindly to that. Then, there’s the anti-Democrat, anti-Washington mood permeating through the country. Kaptur has been in office for what seems like forever, and Iott is a political newbie.

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