At the end of September, two posts on congressional candidate Catalina Lauf’s campaign Facebook page caught McHenry County Blog‘s attention. The posts were under the visitors posting section, and not in response to a post from Catalina’s campaign.
The poster’s name was recognized. Jennifer Nevins, who was elected as an alternate delegate for Donald Trump in the 2016 primary as part of the 14th district’s delegation to the Republican National Convention. Nevins attended the convention in Cleveland in 2016.
She is also a frequent guest on local TV and radio shows, including Chicago Tonight on WTTW and Beyond the Beltway with Bruce Dumont. The day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the formal impeachment inquiry, Nevins was interviewed by Carol Marin on Chicago Tonight the next evening along with a pro-impeachment inquiry guest.
Here’s the first of Nevins’ posts:
The post was in reference to Catalina’s fundraiser on September 30 and her campaign’s decision to charge less for young professionals 40 and under.
Personally, I’ve always wondered if the local Young Republicans chapters ever did something similar, but in spite of the hostile tone and snarky remarks, Catalina’s campaign can and did what they wanted to do.
Here’s the second post, while not written by Nevins, she responded to it after writing the previous post:
While Nevins’ response to the post was nothing more than a childish insult, it’s what she was agreeing to which jumps out more.
Before writing this article, McHenry County Blog did confirm Nevins actually posted on Catalina for Congress’ campaign Facebook page.
While Nevins has every right to support or be against whomever she wants to in any race and in spite of the respect she holds in Chicagoland on national politics as her frequent media appearances show, how and where she is doing what she is doing is questionable concerning Catalina.
Here is a response from Catalina Lauf’s campaign to the Nevins posts:
“Catalina’s message is one of unity and positivity. Divisive, drive-by attacks comprise the strategy of AOC and Lauren Underwood. It’s sad to see other Republicans employ the same tactics when we should all stand together against the real danger – radical socialism pushed by the fringe left that will threaten the future of the American Dream.”Campaign Spokesperson for Catalina for Congress
Everybody has known the 14th district Republican primary was going to get ugly fast. The gloves came off last month in the responses to a questionable poll released by one of the candidates through McHenry County Blog.
Indeed, Nevins wrote the following in a guest column on Illinois Review back in July:
“As Republicans gear up to wage electoral war against far-Left Lauren Underwood, numerous GOP primary candidates have lined up…
“But it’s also a situation that demands that the wheat be separated from the chaff. The very worst thing that could happen here is that we have a polite primary where pointed arguments and observations are not made. Underwood has to be defeated this cycle before she becomes an entrenched incumbent. We cannot afford to tiptoe around rotten records, lousy campaign platforms and delicate sensibilities.”Illinois Review, “Come on, We Don’t Need or Want ‘Polite’ Primaries” 7/19/19
The link to Illinois Review and the Nevins July column is below.
While all can easily agree that only the Biblical refinement by fire will best prepare the Republican who wins the 14th nomination in March. The multi-million dollar onslaught the Democrats and their leftist allies (Indivisible, LCV, EMILY’s List, DFA, etc.) will fire starts on March 18.
Between now and Tuesday night, the remaining 5 candidates whose 3rd quarter fundraising has yet to be reported to the Federal Election Commission will be made public. And thus far, Catalina Lauf has already revealed how well she has done there, though her report has not yet been filed.
And let’s not forget, candidates’ policy/position papers on the major issues need to be published soon. Catalina Lauf announced on a podcast this past week her campaign will be rolling out its policy positions later this month. The other candidates should be doing the same, too.
And McHenry County Blog will do, and has been doing its part, too.
May the vetting, with discernment, begin in earnest.
Finally, Nevins will be appearing on Beyond the Beltway again, tonight at 6:05PM. The live radio broadcast is on WCGO 1590AM, but that is only the first hour. Both hours are best to listen, and watch live, through social media Facebook or YouTube.
Links to related video and article:
- WTTW 9/25 Impeachment Inquiry Reaction: https://news.wttw.com/2019/09/25/democrats-republicans-react-launch-impeachment-inquiry
- Illinois Review Nevins Column 7/19: https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/07/nevins-come-on-we-dont-need-or-want-polite-primaries.html