Press release: Peter J. Corrigan gaining ground in competitive race for Ohio’s 10th Congressional district

Editor’s note:  This press release was issued on 7/23/2010 by the Cuyahoga County Republican Party.  In even-numbered years, all 435 seats in U.S. House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Congress, are up for election.  The general election this year will be held on November 2nd.  Those who are elected will take office in January 2011.  Ohio’s 10th Congressional district, wholly contained within Cuyahoga County, stretches along the lakefront from the west side of Cleveland over to Bay Village and extends inland as far south as Olmsted Falls and Parma.

10th Congressional Candidate Peter Corrigan Proves Tough Test For Kucinich

Seven-term incumbent Congressman Dennis Kucinich faces the toughest challenge of his Congressional career in 2010 against Peter Corrigan. Corrigan, the Republican candidate for Ohio’s 10th Congressional District has been on the move and experts in Ohio and the national stage have begun to take notice. A conservative Republican, Corrigan is running against ultra-liberal Dennis Kucinich in a seat that was previously thought of as “un-poachable” by mainstream political pundits. However the Weekly Standard recently published an article suggesting that if Dennis Kucinich can be defeated, Corrigan is the candidate to do it. To review the article please click on the following link http://weeklystandard.com/blogs/can-dennis-kucinich-be-defeated

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has officially announced Peter Corrigan as an ‘On the Radar’ candidate, an important first step in its Young Guns program. Founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program is a member-driven organization dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide.

NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions stated “Peter is an accomplished, independent leader who will fight to create jobs and rein in government spending. I am confident that we will be successful in our efforts to win this seat and add it to the Republican column in November.”

Recent polling by Scott Brown’s pollster, Neil Newhouse at Public Opinion Strategies, shows that Kucinich has lost a portion of his base support after abandoning his stated positions on key issues such as healthcare and the budget crisis by caving to political pressure from the Obama Administration. Voters in the District are evenly split (47%-47%) on whether Kucinich should be re-elected; very weak numbers for a 14-year incumbent Congressman, but not surprising given his – and the Democratic Congressional leaders’ – plummeting approval ratings.

Kucinich currently has twice the money on hand as Corrigan for this campaign; a gap Corrigan intends to eliminate and surpass in the next 30 days. For more information, to volunteer or make a donation please visit the Peter Corrigan for Congress Campaign website at www.corriganforcongress.com or call the campaign office directly at 216-579-9487.

Corrigan comes from a long line of public servants to Ohio and enters the 10th Congressional District race this fall with his family’s legacy in mind. The grandson of a Chief of the Cleveland Fire Department, the nephew of a Cleveland city councilman and of a judge on the Ohio Court of Appeals, as well as the son of a well renowned Cleveland physician, Corrigan knows Ohio’s 10th Congressional District well and plans on representing it accurately and passionately. He was a high school Honors student, as well as a lettered Track and Field star who later attended Wake Forest University. After earning his Bachelors in Physics, Corrigan attended Case Western Reserve University to receive his Masters and afterwards, Harvard Business School. After many years of working as a tradesman, physicist, and business leader, Corrigan currently works as the Chief Operating Officer of Prestolite Electric in Cleveland where he resides with his wife and three children.  For more information, please visit Peter’s site www.corriganforcongress.com

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