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Wednesday, November 15

Cong OH-18: GOP Takes Aim at Space (D)

Freshman U.S. Representative Zack Space (D-Dover) is still experiencing orientation week and the Republican establishment is already salivating about trying to take away his seat in two years. "Bob Ney gave Zack Space that win more than Zack Space won it," said Ohio GOP spokesman John McClelland. "We will look forward to taking that seat back in two years. It would be fair to say we will be actively pursuing someone to replace Zack Space sooner rather than later."

"He’s here and our job now is to beat him," said Carl Forti, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. "It’s a GOP-leaning district and we need to recruit a top-tier candidate."

Disgraced former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Heath), whose seat Space won, has already called Space to wish him luck and offer his assistance. Ney was "polite and cordial and eager to help," Space said. Ney seemed to be "motivated by a sincere desire to enhance constituent service, which he was so well known for."

Space reports that he is undecided about tomorrow's House Majority Leader vote. Both of the candidates, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA), were helpful to Space during his campaign.


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