Sen. Voinovich just finished up his press conference announcing he is not running for re-election in 2010.
The Senator's office helped give me my first real opportunity in politics when I interned for him when he served as Governor. He ran a clean, efficient ship and I'm thankful for the chance he provided me. He surrounded himself with high quality individuals who taught me a lot and helped make me what I am today.
His office also helped provide Ohio with hordes of political hacks that knew how to win. While the Ohio GOP hasn't exactly been kicking much Dem ass lately, it isn't because of the lack of smarts and dedication from the countless people that came through Voinovich's office.
He has provided Ohio with four decades of outstanding service. And while Ohio conservatives may not have always been happy with his choices, we all respect his integrity, dedication and political courage.