Veteran challenges veteran in 4th Congressional District

10/27/2010 07:12 PM

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, a Hebron Republican, is seeking his fourth term in Congress with the political winds blowing in his favor.

Democratic candidate John Waltz, a Navy veteran, is running to unseat Davis in one of Kentucky’s most conservative districts, which stretches from the Indiana border across the Northern Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati to Ashland on the West Virginia line.

Waltz was inspired to run after he said he failed to get the attention he needed from Davis’ office to help him get health care from the Veterans Administration related to a medical problem.

Davis is a former Army Ranger. And he has said his office did try to help Waltz but said he couldn’t talk about the situation further because of privacy concerns unless Waltz signs a waiver.

Davis, meanwhile, has amassed strong support among various Republican coalitions in Northern Kentucky. He enjoys the backing of business leaders in the region. And he authored the “REINS” Act in 2009, which has won him praise from the tea party movement that has gained momentum in part for railing against government’s expansions. The REINS Act would require congressional approval for federal agencies to make major policy changes through regulations.

Here’s the latest in Pure Politics‘ profiles of key 2010 races:

Programming note: You can see interviews with the 4th District candidates later this week on Pure Politics. Ryan Alessi’s interview with Democrat John Waltz will air on Thursday night’s program at 7 p.m. Eastern and again on the 11:30 p.m. program. And Congressman Geoff Davis is scheduled to be in studio for an interview to air Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern and again at 11:30 p.m.

- Reporting and video production by Don Weber

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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