McHenry County born-and-raised Catalina Lauf has emerged early on as a candidate for Congress in IL-14 who may be a force to be reckoned with, and she is now on the map McHenry County Blog maintains to show the candidates and approximately where they live.
With the former Department of Commerce adviser the 7th Republican to declare their candidacy for 2020, the IL-14 field is starting to resemble the Democratic presidential field, on a smaller scale. Two or more candidates, and will need to develop something like this:
While Lauf’s candidacy is barely 2 days old, examining some of her tweets this month, one can begin to get an idea where Lauf stands on the issues, with these two replies to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (AOC) tweets on legislation in Congress.
The first Twitter thread was posted August 4 within hours of the mass shooting in Dayton and nearly 24 hours after El Paso, and responded to AOC talking about H.R. 8:
The second tweet from Lauf, posted August 6, has to do with AOC accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intentionally holding up H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Act of 2019, and Lauf’s stance on the “greatest empowerment for women”:
Now that we have an idea where the newest IL-14 candidate stands on the second amendment and H.R. 1585, like all of the IL-14 candidates, she needs to develop more fully where she stands on the major issues so discerning voters can decide for themselves who is the most qualified Republican to contest Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s reelection next year.
Since her campaign’s launch on Thursday beginning with her interview in the New York Post and the release of her campaign video “Heartland”, her Twitter following is growing steadily. Friday mid-afternoon, she had a little over 2,500 followers on Twitter. Here is her Twitter following as of 10PM Friday night:
A good and steady growth with her Twitter and Instagram presences, helped by tweets like this from The Daily Wire‘s Ryan Saavedra to his nearly 300K followers on Twitter:
And the articles being written beyond the Post write-up is getting her name out, too.
OBSERVATION: Lauf’s candidate’s filing this week reminds me of Ted Gradel’s IL-14 campaign announcement back on April 23, including his introductory video made with the aid of a former Notre Dame legendary football coach.
Gradel’s campaign kickoff (pardon the pun concerning the former Notre Dame kicker) led to him raising over $34,000 his first day as a candidate, and $158,000 within the first week of his campaign announcement.
If Lauf’s campaign heads in a similar trajectory of fundraising and support, the latest candidate for IL-14’s Republican nomination could be a force to be reckoned with for the nomination.
- H.R. 1585 Link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1585/text
- H.R. 8 Link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/8/text
- Capitol Fax Link: https://capitolfax.com/2019/08/23/congressional-roundup-14
- ShawMedia Link: https://www.nwherald.com/2019/08/22/26-year-old-woodstock-woman-newest-gop-candidate-in-14th-district-race/ame01yy