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Politics in the Air

June 29, 2009 - Joselyn King
The 2010 election season already has begun, and the recent vote on "cap and trade" legislation likely will fuel the political fires that burn next year.

Consequently, the emissions from that fire could result in a change in the political landscape.

The National Republican Congressional Committee immediately pounced on U.S. Rep. Zack Space regarding the "cap and trade" issue. First, because he chose not to comment as to his stance on "cap and trade," and later because he voted in favor of the bill.

The NRCC apparently smells meat, and they're ready to barbeque.

The propaganda is already spewing forth: "After days of silence from Zack Space regarding his position on the Democrat's National Energy Tax, Ohio families will now have to 'wait and see' whether their Congressman will choose to reverse his ill-fated support for this devastating bill," wrote Paul Lindsay, deputy communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, in a press release last week.

"Zack Space's 'wait and see' approach does not inspire confidence among the many Ohio families who are concerned about the drastic effects that this National Energy Tax will have on their way of life. Having already supported this bill despite its devastating impact on coal producers and farmers, Space's ambivalence is nothing less than insulting."

No word yet on whether the Republicans already have someone in mind to run against Space next year.

But many attending the Belmont County Democratic picnic Sunday expressed concern that their candidate could be vulnerable in 2010.


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