Early Sunday afternoon, IL-14 candidate for Congress, James Marter, posted on Facebook he had received the personal endorsement of James Scudder, Jr., who is the pastor of the Quentin Road Baptist Church in Lake Zurich.
Marter’s Facebook meme is clear Scudder’s endorsement is personal and not in the capacity as a pastor, or his church. With less than one week left prior to Marter for Congress’ campaign fundraiser in Crystal Lake on Sunday, it is unknown if Scudder will be in attendance or will ask potential donors to give to Marter’s congressional campaign.
On Friday, Marter’s new video was featured in articles on Capitol Fax and Illinois Review. McHenry County Blog linked the new Marter for Congress video, too:
- Capitol Fax article link: https://capitolfax.com/2019/09/20/rate-james-marters-new-campaign-video
- Illinois Review article link: https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/09/marter-pushes-for-14th-cd-gop-nomination.html
Former Member of the Clergy in IL-14 Field
Given the endorsement described above, a reminder within the IL-14 field, one of the candidates in addition to being the only veteran, he’s also the only candidate who was a member of the clergy. Anthony Catella was an ordained Catholic priest from 2010-2015. Catella voluntary left the priesthood in early 2015 and returned to St. Charles, where he lives today.
He served in the Diocese of Alexandria (Louisiana) as a parochial vicar. The image shown was published in the June 2011 newsletter of the diocese. Most of Catella’s priestly service was in or around the Leesville, LA area.
During Catella’s time in the Army in the 1990s, he was stationed at nearby Fort Polk after his overseas deployment.