Advertiser Tribune - Latta Delivers Pro-life Message In B.G.
(Tiffin) State Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, was on the campaign trail Friday in three towns. He and Democratic opponent Robin Weirauch of Napoleon have reached the stretch run of campaigning before the special general election Tuesday.
Latta and Weirauch are seeking to fill the seat of Paul Gillmor in the 5th Congressional District.
"I always say, to sum up Bob Latta would be to talk about faith, family and community," Latta's wife, Marcia, said. "He takes his faith very seriously.
"He's very involved as a family person," she said. "He's a family man. In the community, he's very involved here. He's a past president of our local Kiwanis. He did all the legal work for free for setting up a Bowling Green Community Foundation."
Marcia Latta doesn't mind talking about her husband.
"I've been married to him for 21 years," she said. "I think I know him pretty well."
Bob Latta had his wife and eldest daughter Elizabeth at his side in the Wood County Courthouse atrium where he was lauded by Mark Lally, a legislative counsel to Ohio Right to Life.
"The Ohio Right to Life political action committee strongly endorses Bob Latta for congress," Lally said. "Whether he was protecting the unborn children from the brutality of partial-birth abortion, protecting taxpayers from being forced to pay for abortions, or protecting parents from being left without a say when their minor daughters were seeking abortions, Bob Latta has been a strong defender of the pro-life cause."
Marcia Latta offered a clue to why her husband values life.
"One of the reasons I think the value of life is so important to Bob is our oldest daughter Elizabeth was a preemie," Marcia Latta said. "We had a lot of very, very difficult struggles with her in the first year; major health issues and concerns. When you witness a teeny, tiny life fighting for each and every breath, it truly makes you really value how important and dear life is."
Elizabeth, a Bowling Green high school student, is a healthy girl now. She plays tennis for her school, plays clarinet in the school band and is part of the high school quiz bowl team. She naturally supports her father.
"He's there for me and my sister," Elizabeth Latta said. "He comes to sports activities. He comes to our band concerts and stuff like that."
Bob Latta was joined by State Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, R-Napoleon, for part of the day.
"Bob Latta has proven time and again that he believes in protecting life from conception to natural end," Wachtmann said. "He has a 100 percent voting record with Ohio Right to Life, and he will continue his support of the pro-life cause if elected to Congress."
Bob Latta contrasted his pro-life views with those of his opponent, who apparently has the backing of Planned Parenthood and EMILY's List.
"One of the most important things a congressman can do is represent the values of his constituents," he said. "Just like me, the people of northwest Ohio are conservatives who believe in protecting life, preserving traditional marriage, keeping taxes low on Ohio families, and preventing illegal aliens from getting free, taxpayer funded health care."