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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

Should voters re-elect Ryan over Zerban?

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Greg Peck
November 1, 2012

The challenge of winning re-election to Congress for Janesville’s Paul Ryan on Tuesday is twofold: Ryan is seeking the vice presidency as part of Mitt Romney’s Republican ticket. Ryan also faces a serious Democratic congressional opponent in Kenosha’s Rob Zerban.

Ryan should be alarmed that Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler has heard from Republicans voting early who were convinced they couldn’t vote for Ryan in both spots. They mistakenly believed doing so would cancel their ballots. Or they thought some sort of conspiracy was at play; they errantly believed Ryan couldn’t possibly seek both offices in the same election. Our laws allow that, however.

Ryan has served in Congress 14 years. Does he again deserve the support of voters in 1st Congressional District race when he’s focused on helping Romney win the presidency?

We’ll share our perspectives in our endorsement editorial Friday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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