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Former Congressman agrees with LaTourette: Congress is in gridlock
A fellow moderate Republican understands frustration with lack of compromise in Washington
by WKSU's KELLI FITZPATRICK

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Kelli Fitzpatrick
 
Steve LaTourette announces his resignation Tuesday.
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Former long-time U.S. Congressman Ralph Regula mentored Rep. Steve LaTourette when LaTourette arrived in Washington in 1995.

And while he says he was surprised when LaTourette announced Tuesday morning that he’s resigning, Regula says he knows what his fellow moderate Republican is feeling.

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“I can understand that. I’ve said many times since I retired that if I were still there, I would be really unhappy because there is gridlock there.”

Regula calls LaTourette a “thoughtful” moderate, and is sad to see him resign.

LaTourette’s current term expires in January. The Republican Party chairmen of the 14th district must select his replacement by August 13.

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