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BLOG: Bob Latta — he's ALWAYS working for you

Tom Jackson • Jun 21, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Taxpayers in Congressman Bob Latta's district, which includes Huron, Sandusky and Seneca counties, may be getting lots of extra representation when they send him to Washington. When he's working in his office in the U.S. Capitol Building, he never goes home.

A Columbus Dispatch story says that six of Ohio's U.S. House members, including Latta, sleep in their offices during the week.

For some reason, all of them are Republicans.

Maybe Democrats like to read fancy magazine articles about "maintaining a work-life balance." Maybe Republicans work harder, or they are just fanatics. We report, you decide.

"He works long hours and this is more time-efficient," Izzy Santa, Latta's press secretary, told the Columbus Dispatch.

I visited some Congressional offices years ago. I noticed that the U.S. Senate offices seemed spacious, almost adequate for a Byzantine emperor, but the House offices seemed cramped. Does Latta sleep on a futon to maximize his space? Does he keep pajamas in a desk once used by Henry Clay?

We figured that Latta, 55, a Bowling Green resident who likes to talk about serious stuff like the federal deficit and energy policy, might want to chat about what it's like to live in an historic federal building.

It turns out, he doesn't!

"We don't have further comment on the story," Santa said.

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