Brian Walsh

In Ohio’s 16th Congressional Democrat, freshman Democrat John Boccieri is locked in a tough race with Republican small businessman Jim Renacci.  Ranked as “Toss Up/Tilt Republican” by non-partisan political handicapper Stu Rothenberg, this seat is a prime pick up opportunity for the GOP on November 2nd.

Polling has consistently shown Renacci with an edge over Boccieri, a strong signal that Ohioans have grown tired of his lockstep support of the Pelosi/Obama agenda.  Perhaps most damaging, Boccieri’s willingness to burden his constituents with new, job-killing energy taxes as a result of his support of Cap-and-Trade was the last straw in the Northwest Ohio district.  Despite the large sums of money spent in OH-16 by national Democrats and unions to reward the incumbent for his loyal support, Renacci’s plans to focus on fiscal responsibility and limited government as his approach to address the issues affecting voters.

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Original Post (06/10/2010):

This year, Republicans are doing what it takes to win back a seat in a traditional Republican stronghold.  After nearly sixty years of supporting Republicans in Northeast Ohio, the 16th District sent Democrat John Boccieri to Congress in the Democratic wave of 2008. Boccieri, who ran as a so-called “conservative” Democrat in 2008, has become a reliable vote for his liberal leadership and now faces a top-flight Republican challenger in businessman Jim Renacci.

Boccieri is best known for being part of the “Flip Flop Five,” an undistinguished group of Democrats who voted against the Democrats’ healthcare takeover the first time around but caved to their party leadership and supported the final product as the outcome of the vote was still in doubt, and as one of the few coal country Democrats who supported for the job killing National Energy Tax. In fact, days before he cast one of the deciding votes for Speaker Pelosi’s government healthcare takeover, a poll found that a majority of the district’s likely voters opposed the unpopular legislation.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.