As I’ve discussed before, one of the NRCC’s best chances to take back a GOP seat lies with former State Senator Steve Stivers in his race against 1st term incumbent, Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy.
I think this already got some play on twitter yesterday, but I wanted to make sure everyone saw this great profile in Time naming Stivers as one of ten GOP congressional contenders who could follow in Scott Brown’s wake:
Ohio’s 15th District has been the site of close battles in the last two election cycles, and this year should be no different. In 2006, Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy lost to the long-time incumbent by just 1,000 votes. Two years later she won, defeating Republican candidate Steve Stivers by just over 2,000 votes.
Now Stivers is back for a rematch, this time with promises of heavier backing from House Minority Leader John Boehner and the Republican Party — and an attitude. “When you’ve been shot at by real bullets, negative political attacks just don’t matter,” said Stivers, who has served in the Ohio National guard since 1985, including a stint in Iraq, and is now a Lieutenant Colonel.
An active Ohio state senator from 2003 to 2008, Stivers pushed legislation on tort reform, expanding health care coverage, cutting taxes and freezing college tuition rates.
For her part, Kilroy has consistently voted along party lines in the House. If public outrage over government spending persists she stands little chance of winning in a district that has recently provided tiny margins of victory and in which she was the first congressional Democratic since 1966.
Additionally, Mark Hemingway called out Kilroy for taking 10 grand in dirty money:
WHO: Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, D-Ohio
WHAT: Kilroy received $10,000 from Rep. Charles Rangel’s National Leadership PAC, the political action committee of the powerful New York Democrat who is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee that writes tax law.
WHY IT’S DIRTY: Rangel is being investigated on multiple issues by the House Ethics Committee, including failure to report income from properties he owns in New York and the Dominican Republic. A company that gave $1 million to a New York school facility that will bear Rangel’s name subsequently received lucrative tax breaks, and he has reportedly solicited political contributions on official stationery.
WILL KILROY GIVE IT BACK? Kilroy did not respond to The Examiner’s request for comment.
Both are interesting stories, but most importantly they give me an excuse to re-post one of my favorite youtube creations: