LaTourette Replacement Named
The Republicans in Ohio's 14th congressional district have picked somebody to replace long-time Congressman Steve LaTourette on the ballot in November.
He is Geauga County prosecutor David Joyce who has served in that office since 1988. Apparently, he's going to try to extend LaTourette's endless ride on the 1989 Kirtland murders, something often mentioned to explain LaTourette's inexplicably enduring popularity in the district.
From Joyce's official bio:
After the election of 1988 Dave joined with then Lake County Prosecuting Attorney Steven C. LaTourette to combine their offices to handle matters involving conflicts with clients and to allow for joint training and extra manpower in the event of a disaster. The benefits of this arrangement proved useful during the Kirtland cult murders. The Lake County News Herald opined at the time that, “this arrangement is the high water mark on how government should operate.” Since then Dave has assisted in numerous counties throughout Ohio as a special prosecutor and some of his case and trial work has been featured on national shows such as CBS 48 Hours.
As a long-time fixture in the prosecutor's office, he most likely hasn't developed a record of stands on controversial issues. I don't know much about him other than what's in his official bio, but I am sure I will hear more. I will pass along anything I learn.