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Wednesday, October 4

Cong OH-14: Katz (D) Joins Call For Resignations; Rally for Troops Shapes Up

I spoke on the phone with the campaign manager for Lew Katz (D-Chesterland) this morning and learned that Katz has purchased a quarter-page ad in tomorrow's Akron Beacon Journal to address the growing scandal involving the Republican House leadership's inadequate response to inappropriate emails sent by Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) to underage House Pages. In the meantime, he confirmed that Katz is calling on House Speaker Dennis Hastert (D-IL) and any other House leaders who knew about the emails prior to the story breaking this week to step down from their leadership positions. Also, in a debate last night, Katz specifically called on opponent Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Painesville) to speak out on the actions of Hastert and other House leaders in this matter.

Meanwhile, plans are taking final shape for Saturday's big rally to support past and present U.S. troops, which starts at 10:30 am at Point Park across from City Hall in Downtown Willoughby. It is expected to be the largest such rally this year.

Mike Lebowitz, Iraq War veteran and organizer of the rally, asked his former law school professor and Navy veteran Lew Katz to host the event. Katz and Lebowitz corresponded while Lebowitz served in Iraq. Lebowitz is excited that the event is creating such a buzz. "While in Iraq, we felt thrown into a completely different world and out of touch with home. When we actually heard about a rally in support of soldiers, it boosted morale. Now that I am home and understand the importance of displaying support, putting on this event makes me feel like I am still doing my part." Lebowitz is amazed at the positive response and support the community has shown.

Lebowitz served as a member of the 101 Pathfinder Company. He, among other veterans ranging from World War II to the present, plan to share their experiences, concerns, and support on Saturday.

"I am so glad to participate in this great event to honor the men and women who serve America in Iraq and our veterans who have served America with distinction for over 200 years," Katz stated. "We must, above all, never forget those who made the supreme sacrifice and their families who live their lives with that terrible void. We have not always honored these men and women, but we must resolve never to make that mistake again."

Tyrone's Blues Sinsation will provide the music and light food and beverages will be available. Donations will be accepted to benefit veterans and the troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

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