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6th & 14th Congressional Districts Updates 6/30/19
Underwood Re-election Announcement — What I Saw and Heard
WOODSTOCK — As has been reported elsewhere, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood formally announced her candidacy for re-election to represent the 14th congressional district on Saturday. Complementing what print media has written, adding what I saw and heard at this event at the Woodstock Opera House and analysis.
Underwood’s announcement took place just before 11AM to an audience of about 75 people.
Prior to Underwood taking the stage,
- Senior Advisor Ronnie Cho,
- Kane County Democratic Chairman Mark Guethle,
- McHenry County Democratic Chairwoman Kristina Zahorik and
- McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks
addressed the audience.
Upon taking the stage, Underwood retold her story of how then-Congressman Randy Hultgren promised he would not vote to repeal health care and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. And once he voted to eliminate Obamacare, she decided to run for Congress. The rest was history.
She talked about her legislation, The Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act (H.R. 2372), and the accomplishment of passing this bill out of the House on a unanimous voice vote on May 21, noting “bipartisanship” is rare. She told the audience how she is working to insure taxpayers receive an increase to the state and local taxes (SALT) deduction limits (H.R. 1757), noting most in the audience paid more federal taxes this year.
Underwood also responded to the opposition to her and why all of her supporters need to work even harder in 2020. She joked about the “Fake Nurse” moniker Republicans, in particular the National Republican Congressional Committee, have attached to her. Upon completing her speech of 20 minutes, she posed for a group picture and left. Chicago Sun-Times D.C. Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet tweeted yesterday she gave a 2nd announcement at a BBQ in Plainfield in the late afternoon.
ANALYSIS: I genuinely prayed for Congresswoman Underwood prior to her taking the stage and after she took the stage, praying she would really rise to the occasion.
My prayers were not answered.
Congresswoman Underwood missed a golden opportunity when kicking off her re-election campaign to really set herself apart from all of the partisanship in Washington.
Given what happened and how she voted on the House floor on Thursday, she had a real story to tell, to really set her apart from both Republicans and Democrats alike.
She didn’t, and decided to play it safe.
Underwood should have discussed the real bipartisanship she applied and supported for the formal passage of the Senate-amended H.R. 3401, the appropriations bill for emergency funding for the southern border. After the Senate amended the original House bill on an 84-8 vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was convinced by Democrats from the Problem Solvers Caucus and the Blue Dog Coalition, led her caucus to pass the Senate-amended legislation as is.
Underwood should have strongly said to her audience on Saturday she voted for getting the urgent funding to the southern border amid the crisis, and defend Speaker Pelosi did the right thing.
And unlike the legislative accomplishments she touted yesterday, the appropriations bill approved on Thursday will be signed by President Trump upon his return from the Far East.
As reported in POLITICO, Pelosi listened to the Democrats in the Problem Solvers Caucus — a bipartisan group of moderates that pushed Pelosi to take up the Senate bill. This inflamed progressives within the Democratic Party and caused real hatred to explode, including:
— Congressman Mark Poncar tweeted on Thursday afternoon prior to the final vote: “Since when did the Problem Solvers Caucus become the Child Abuse Caucus?”
— Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told POLITICO: “I think the Problem Solvers Caucus is emerging to be this tea party within our own Democratic Party”
The Democrats easily throw the word “hate” around about President Trump, Republicans and Christians applying Scripture to public policy.
Uderwood could have stood up, even at her re-election announcement, and champion the need that as she represents all residents in the 14th district, and just like she says in Twitter, “Hate has no place in our community or anywhere in our country.” and strongly say within Congress, too.
No one can read the statements from her Democratic colleagues, particularly Congressman Poncar without seeing/feeling real hatred over the bipartisan solution and vote from Thursday.
Underwood should have jumped on the hatred from her Democratic colleagues unleashed on other Democratic colleagues.
Opportunity missed, in favor of stoking partisanship for her re-election, instead of statesmanship.
This is where Underwood should take a lesson from President Trump, and what he did within 24 hours after her announcement.
President Trump became the first President of the United States to set foot in North Korea, and had a face-to-face with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
And may the world be a much safer place for the risk the President took to meet with North Korea face-to-face after stepping foot into North Korea.
When I first heard this, I immediately thought about the famous phrase from the early 1970s, “Only Nixon could go to China.”
Coincidentally, that phrase was first said by a Democrat.
Congresswoman Underwood could have had a similar, maybe not historic, moment if she had taken the risk of telling her enthusiastic supporters and others in attendance that she is going to represent all people in the 14th district, and stay above the partisan wars which takes place from both sides of the aisle.
Regrettably, she chose partisanship.
Underwood’s kind of “playing it safe” strategy is one of many reasons Republicans have a very real chance to win back the 14th in 2020.
POLITICO Link: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/27/border-bill-democrats-1386116
FOX News opinion: “Harry Kazianis: Trump’s unconventional North Korea strategy — is it worthy of a Nobel Prize?”
Wikipedia “Nixon Goes to China”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon_goes_to_China