BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (TDB) -- Democratic congressional candidate Robin Weirauch says her opponent has a "lackluster record" on veterans issues. The campaign said Bob Latta is on record opposing efforts to increase the death benefit paid to families of Ohio National Guard members who are killed in action. Republican Latta cast the nay votes in February and June 2005 while serving in the Ohio General Assembly. The death benefit was increased from $20,000 to $100,000 as Ohio Guard troops took part in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Weirauch and Latta are in a contest for a vacant House seat in Ohio's 5th District, which covers 16 counties, primarily in the state's NW corner outside of Toledo. The special election is Dec. 11. Some 52,800 veterans live in the district.
Weirauch was born on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton and grew up in a military family. She said veterans' issues will be a high priority if she is elected to Congress.
"I have always believed we have a moral responsibility to do everything possible to care for our nation's fighting men and women. We've seen too many career politicians such as my opponent makes speeches standing in front of veterans groups. The mark of a real leader is standing behind our veterans when it counts."