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Deborah Setliff, long-time LaTourette spokeswoman, dies

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 9, 2014

The Plain Dealer reports that Deborah Setliff, the long-time spokeswoman for former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Setliff, also a former Plain Dealer reporter and columnist, was 51. She was LaTourette's communication director from the time he was elected in 1994 until he retired in 2012.

LaTourette told the Plain Dealer Setliff was "like a bull dog, she won't let go."

I had heard Setliff wasn't going to join U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce's staff when he took over LaTourette's seat and that she was ill. I didn't realize, though, how serious her illness was. I was very sorry to hear of her passing.

In the news business, we deal with spokespeople on a daily basis. Some of them get what we do while others don't. Setliff got it.

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