Elbridge Gerry would be terribly proud. Proud of the GOP-controlled Ohio Legislature. The gerrymandering by this clutch of righteous politicos exemplifies the state of affairs that presents itself to The People of our nation. The GOP-dominated re-redistricting committee sliced and diced the map of Ohio into oddly-shaped distortions so that their party would be assured of maintaining control of the politics of the state. The ‘spirit’ of re-redistricting was foiled at every twist and turn of the pencil with which they drew.
The 9th Congressional district came out looking like a giant dog bone, stretching thinly from Toledo all of the way to Cleveland. It put long-serving Democrats, Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich in the same district. Clever. Crafty. Neither Marcy nor Dennis can drive to one another’s home without traveling through District 5 or taking a ferry along Lake Erie.
In doing so, however, a large portion of Lucas County, formerly in Kaptur’s district, was placed in district 5- that of right-winger Bob Latta. Latta believes it is an honor to be rated the 7th most conservative House member. His dad held that seat for years and son Bob exploited his father’s name and won the seat in a special election after the sudden death of Congressman Gilmore in 2007. Latta’s top campaign doners reads like the Fortune 500 with gas, oil coal, banking, electrical and finance groups giving heavily to his war chest. Latta’s latest bill, now in committee, no doubt written by oil lobbyists, blows holes in the EPA and opens up pristine lands in the Arctic tundra for drilling. It is an ecological nightmare. H.R. 1777
Enter Angela Zimmann. The BGSU professor and Lutheran minister was angered that her house was now in Bob Latta’s 5th district after the GOP re-draw. Me too! As a result, Zimmann decided to run for Congress to replace the doleful Latta. She is bright, articulate and compassionate- three qualities lacking in Latta.
District 5 extends 130 miles from the Michigan border half-way down the state. Latta has enjoyed the support from the more conservative areas away from Toledo, but now he must contend with a large hunk of more bright people up north. Watvch this race closely, friends. It may be one of the hottest congressional races of the year.