As reported yesterday on McHenry County Blog and Illinois Review, State Representative Allen Skillicorn, who represents the 66th representative district in southern McHenry and northern Kane Counties, has endorsed State Senator Jim Oberweis for the Republican nomination in IL-14.
Skillicorn cited Oberweis’ stances against taxes and “Pelosi/Underwood” immigration policies in the press release dated Tuesday at Oberweis’ campaign web page, and posted in a Facebook meme on Wednesday afternoon.
OBSERVATIONS: After nearly four decades being involved at all levels of politics, I do not believe in pure coincidence, especially in politics. The Skillicorn endorsement of Oberweis is one of those instances.
On the surface, Skillicorn becomes the 6th current member of the General Assembly to openly back Oberweis for Congress. While Skillicorn can be distinguished because for five months, he was thinking of running for IL-14 himself, Skillicorn decided to run for reelection to his House seat in Springfield instead.
The old saying “timing is everything in politics” applies here.
The Skillicorn endorsement of Oberweis takes place within 36 hours of the attack by IL-14 opponent James Marter published on Sunday here on McHenry County Blog with clarification by Marter accusing Oberweis of not standing openly with then-State Representative Jeanne Ives in last year’s gubernatorial primary.
Marter’s accusation, originally communicated in a campaign Facebook meme accused Oberweis and State Senator Sue Rezin of embracing then-Governor Bruce Rauner’s stances for Sanctuary State and Medicaid funding for abortions, in spite of, and as pointed out by McHenry County Blog, both Oberweis and Rezin voted against those bills.
Marter attempted to portray himself with “There is only one fighter of Conservative principles and American values in the Illinois 14th congressional district…” and link Oberweis and Rezin with supporting Rauner in last year’s gubernatorial primary because they did not openly back Ives’ candidacy.
Skillicorn’s endorsement of Oberweis is a complete response against Marter’s attack from Sunday.
Skillicorn, being one of eight members of the General Assembly who openly backed Ives last year, gives cover to Oberweis that a vocal Ives supporter stands firmly with Oberweis, along with describing Oberweis as having a proven record, something Marter does not have despite his House Freedom Caucus and “only fighter” rhetoric.
Skillicorn, along with then-State Senator and Oberweis congressional endorser Tim Bivins, openly and forcefully backed Ives last year.
Oberweis is also being backed by Bivins’ successor in the state senate, Brian Stewart.
In my opinion, the Skillicorn endorsement lays waste any future attempts to portray Oberweis as being against Ives and for Rauner’s policies in last year’s primary, even though Oberweis did not openly endorse Ives.
In the bigger picture of being a decisive factor in the IL-14, the Skillicorn endorsement will likely not sway the nomination into Oberweis’ favor.
What it does is effectively silences Marter, and anyone else, who attempts to link Oberweis with Governor Rauner in last year’s primary.
Marter’s attack against Oberweis in this arena was quite a stretch, and Skillicorn’s endorsement shows Marter’s attack completely missed the mark.
A hat-tip (H/T) to commenter “Correcting” for providing a link to NBC 5’s blog page listing the IL General Assembly members backing Ives’ in last year’s primary:
Catalina Lauf Calls Out Lauren Underwood
On Tuesday, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood met with the Northwest Herald editorial board to discuss legislation pending in Congress. Catalina Lauf in a Twitter post Wednesday night, called out Underwood:
COMMENTARY: Catalina Lauf hit it on the head in her tweet, and as has been said in articles here many times, Underwood is at her worst when she tries to talk Democratic talking points. From the article that was published on Tuesday:
Underwood said many bills passed in the House could get a 51-vote majority or 60-vote supermajority in the Senate – such as universal background checks, staying in the Paris Climate Accords and election security measures – but are landing with a thud. Underwood targeted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for not advancing legislation that doesn’t carry unanimous consent.
“I think that we have passed over 200 bills in the House, many of which have had Republican support—many things,” Underwood said. “And the idea because they didn’t have unanimous support they can’t be considered, that is gridlock and dysfunction at a level that I had never even contemplated and I point to one man – Mitch McConnell – as being the problem.”
Underwood highlighted two bills related to background checks on firearms that have passed in the House but have lost all momentum in the Senate: H.R. 8, which allows for universal background checks, and H.R. 1112, which extends the review period for background checks on firearm purchases.Northwest Herald, published online 9/4/19
Underwood shows little respect to the voters by making such statements that are flimsy compared with the truth.
McHenry County Blog published an article last month on August 25 addressing the “…many of which have had Republican support…” or bipartisanship Underwood alludes to. Let’s look at the summary of the August 25 article:
The Democrats cannot blame “Moscow” Mitch, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the SAFE Act being held up. The Democrats can only look in the mirror and blame themselves for failing the American people by not working in a real bipartisan manner. The same can be said of the bulk of House-passed legislation, too.McHenry County Blog “IL-06/IL-14: ‘Bipartisan’ and ‘Bipartisanship’ “, 8/25/19
This 8/25 article was written in response to Congressman Sean Casten’s Northwest Herald editorial board visit last month.
In the above referenced McHenry County Blog article, the background checks legislation and the election security measure (SAFE Act) were discussed.
And as pointed out in the 8/25 article, single-digit Republican support, like 8 Republicans for H.R. 8, 3 Republicans for H.R. 1112, and ONE Republican for the SAFE Act, is nowhere near real significant Republican support.
When Congress reconvenes next week, real good-faith negotiation on gun legislation, and the budget appropriations bills needs to be practiced by Underwood and her Democratic colleagues in the House.
And concerning the gun legislation, refer to the 8/18 McHenry County Blog article below, which documents the most moderate Republican in the Senate, Susan Collins’ opposition to H.R. 8, as proof Underwood insults the intelligence of voters in IL-14 with what she told the Northwest Herald this week and claiming the current House-passed gun legislation would pass the Senate.
- Northwest Herald article: https://www.nwherald.com/2019/09/03/rep-underwood-discusses-pending-legislation-in-midst-of-gridlock-between-house-senate/a7fn7yn
- McHenry County Blog 8/25 article: http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/08/25/il-06-il-14-bipartisan-and-bipartisanship
- McHenry County Blog 8/18 Gun Legislation article: http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/08/18/ives-on-wls-am-tonight-6-8