Weirauch calling for campaign truce

Robin Weirauch, Democratic candidate for Ohio's 5th Congressional District, wants a signed truce banning negative campaigning. Republican Robert Latta, her opponent, believes his actions will speak louder than words and promised to run a clean campaign without the formality of a signed pledge.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

 

Robin Weirauch, Democratic candidate for Ohio's 5th Congressional District, wants a signed truce banning negative campaigning.

Republican Robert Latta, her opponent, believes his actions will speak louder than words and promised to run a clean campaign without the formality of a signed pledge.

Weirauch suggested both candidates sign a pledge drafted by her campaign after watching a bitter battle between Latta and Steve Buehrer in the Republican primary. Both Latta's and Buehrer's camps were reprimanded by the Ohio Elections Commission for lying about each other's records.

Latta's primary campaign said that Buehrer opposed prayer in public schools and the posting of the Ten Commandments in public buildings. Buehrer's campaign and a conservative political action committee distributed incorrect information about Latta's 1998 vote in the Ohio Senate regarding a voter referendum on a sales tax hike. The commission ruled the campaigns had knowingly given voters false information in both cases.

Each of the Republicans was trying to woo the district's conservative voters that have put Rep. Paul Gillmor (R-Tiffin) in Congress since 1990. Gillmor died unexpectedly after a fall in his Washington home in September. His seat will be filled in a special election on Dec. 11.

The 5th district seat has been held by a Republican since the 1930s, including Latta's father, Del Latta, from 1959 to 1989. Gillmor narrowly defeated Robert Latta in the primary to take over the seat when his father retired.

Weirauch has also previously run for the 5th district seat. Just 11 months have passed since Weirauch lost to Gillmor in her second bid for the seat. She garnered 33 percent of the vote in 2004 and 43 percent in 2006. A former assistant director of the Center for Regional Development at Bowling Green State University, Weirauch now devotes all of her time to her election campaign.

Weirauch said she wanted the rest of the campaign to focus on issues, not mud-slinging. "Over the past two months this campaign has gotten out of control and it is my belief that the best interests of the constituents of Ohio's 5th district are not being well served by the tone thus far," she said.

"I believe that our campaigns owe it to the district to wage a campaign based on the issues and our experience, rather than stoop to the level of petty personal attacks," she said.

Brad Bauman, communications director for her campaign, said a letter asking Latta to sign the pledge was hand-delivered to his office nine days ago. "I just don't get it," Bauman said. "All we are asking for is a commitment to refrain from personal attacks. I don't think that's too much to ask."

Robert Latta now represents Ohio's 6th house district, a seat he has held since 2001. He served in the Ohio Senate from 1997 to 2001.

Matt Parker, Latta's campaign manager, called the pledge suggested by Weirauch "vague" and said it was "just a piece of paper."

Parker said the negative publicity in the primary "was definitely an aberration in Mr. Latta's career. Frankly, our campaign is looking forward to running a good, clean campaign," Parker said

"Obviously in the primary with the influence of some outside groups, he had to defend himself.

"Bob Latta is used to running positive campaigns that focus on the issues that are important to northwest Ohio and the nation and he's going to do that in this election," Parker said.

Comments

Negative campai...

I love the negative campaigning. It's what politics is all about. If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen

Annie (Anonymous)

Politics is supposed to be about representing Americans. Maybe the negative campaigning is more representative of this demographic than not??

Ralphie (Anonymous)

It all depends on what you call "negative" campaigning. Sometimes the "truth" is negative for you. Does Robin have something to hide? Or is it don't pick on the girl kind of thing. If you can't take it now, what will happen in DC. You can't call a time out if you're getting picked on on the house floor.

Truce (Anonymous)

Foregive and foregot. Move on.

Truce (Anonymous)

Foregive and foreget. Move on. Sorry spelling error.

John Hanncock (...

Sign the Truce

Truce (Anonymous)

Let's never speak of this again.

swiss family......

it is really a shame, it would be a nice campaign if they would stick to the issues at hand, and levae the mud slinging out, but i am sorry to say , thats not the way that it happens today!! for her to want it to be a clean campaign, makes me think that her skin is too thin to be a politician, and it also makes me think that she has some big secrets to hide!!

JEF (Anonymous)

Anyone who believes that the current climate of politics is highly negative, how little knowledge of the history of U.S. political campaigns. Yes, it has been 'dirtier' and 'nastier.' The 24 hours news cycle with coverage on cable, TV, radio and the internet just makes it appear more intense. Dirty politics is as American as apple pie. Let the mud slinging begin!

swiss family (A...

i'm really a shame, it would be a nice comment section if i would stick to the issues at hand, and levae(?) the mud wrestling out, but i am sorry. thats the way that it happens today!! for me to want to be a leaner, makes me think that my skull is too thick to be a normal person, and it also makes me think that i have some big secrets to hide!!

Hmmmm (Anonymous)

Calling a truce signing isnt that a form of dirty tricks, playing the goody goody card against your rival? i say if you cant handle the " heat" get out of the kitchen. its all part of the job. bring on the battle , if you want the job fight and work for it.

JEF (Anonymous)

Hmmmm wrote: 'Calling a truce signing isnt that a form of dirty tricks,' Good point. How about a reverse tactic against one's opponent? Call FOR an agreement on mud slinging. If one's opponent declines they have tacitly agreed to a positive campaign. Regardless, numerous studies have shown that voters respond favorably to negative campaigning. It ain't goin' away. We like to see a little 'fire in the belly' of our political candidates.

Bully! (Anonymous)

Hey Swiss, looks like JEF is the only one who knows a little history here. There is not more mudslinging now or more hurricanes or global warming or illegal immigrants or I can go on and on. Question everything and look it up once and a while. The one thing there is more of is television and idiots.

swiss family......

Bully, you are sooo right, and their arent more murders or rapes or any crime whatsoever... get your head out of your butt, you need some air !!! and you did prove your point about there being more idiots today, very clearly !!!

swiss family ca...

tool.

Bully! Reply: S...

Nice try jackass. Didn't mention murder, rape or crime and yes it appears I have proved my point about more idiots.