Monday, October 30, 2006

Zack Space Tells Radio Listeners: “It’s Time for Change”

NEW PHILADELPHIA -- In a WJER town meeting, questions were raised about why Padgett’s own union, the Ohio Education Association failed to endorse her; Space again challenges Padgett to sign his ethics pledge.

Today, Congressional Candidate Zack Space reasserted to the voters that he would be the agent of change in the 18th Congressional Race dedicated to restoring a people-focused agenda in Congress if he is elected on November 7th. During the hour-long debate on WJER-AM, Space told listeners, “Washington is broken and in need of new leadership.”

According to Space, “I have two kids, and I’m worried about their future because our country is headed in the wrong direction. Our government doesn’t seem inclined to work for us anymore, and we need to change the way business is done in Washington.”

“I believe our government should do the same thing we expect from our own families. This means balance our checkbook, establish pay-as-you-go standards that require us not to spend more money than we have coming in, and bring transparency to the earmarking process to eliminate wasteful spending. Our government must be more concerned with fiscal responsibility,” he said.

The forum, which featured calls from listeners, raised questions about why Padgett -- a 20-year educator, the current chair of the Ohio Senate Education committee, and member of the teachers’ union -- would fail to receive the endorsement of the Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association.

Space called Padgett’s casual dismissal of the endorsement an “afront to all those thousands competent hardworking teachers in the state of Ohio, and nationally who support this campaign because they understand that I get it when it comes to the need to prioritize educational funding.”

Space during the discussion, challenged Padgett to sign his ethics pledge to not accept gifts, trips, and meals from lobbyists and to put the people rather than special interests first in Congress. Padgett, again refused to sign the pledge.

During the forum, Space answered questions about how he would attract companies and jobs to the district, his plans to restore the ethical credibility of the Congress, and how he would ensure that the needs of the people of the 18th Congressional District are not undermined by the influence of congressional lobbyists.

According to Space, special interests have had too much interest in policymaking, “In the face of so much scandal, we need representation we can be proud of. I’m committed to bringing new priorities for working families to Congress.”

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