Angela Zimmann on MSNBC Tomorrow; Latta in Hiding

Angela Zimmann, who is challenging incumbent congressman Bob "Who?" Latta in Ohio's 5th district (northwest Ohio), has been booked to appear on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC tomorrow around 10:30-11 a.m.

Her email says,

I encourage you to tell your friends, family, and neighbors about my appearance on MSNBC – let them know that we are working hard to bring new representation to Northwest Ohio and our grassroots campaign is getting national attention.

Meanwhile, Latta is working hard to live up to the "Who?," making himself scarce as far as debates go.

The other day, the first 5th district congressional debate took place at Owens Community College in Perrysburg — without Latta. Zimmann and the Libertarian candidate participated,

With an empty podium bearing Congressman Latta’s name, the incumbent Republican’s absence was hard to miss.

Zimmann referred to her opponent as ‘Silent Bob,’ criticizing her opponent for avoiding public discussion of his voting record.

The Latta campaign said Congressman Latta was unable to attend because Owens Community College contacted the campaign too late. However, Owens student government member Joshua Wikanda told The Blade that candidates were invited in late March.

OK, 5th district voters (and voters everywhere), let's get real here. Why would you vote for a candidate who will not be upfront about where he stands and publicly defend his positions?

Latta is one of the lower profile members of Congress, and from what I hear, he's fairly invisible in his district. I've been told by people who live there that although they disagreed with him, Latta's predecessor, the late Paul GIlmore, was at least out in the community and would respond to people's calls and comments.

People need to ask themselves, "What is Bob Latta doing for us?" And then they need to ask "Do we even KNOW what Bob Latta is doing?"

Maybe he'll show up for the next debate. But I wouldn't hold my breath. It looks like people will be continuing to ask "Who?" when Bob Latta's name is mentioned.

* The student government member mentioned in the quote from ZImmann's site is Joshua Widanka; his name was spelled wrong in the original article.

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