Within a half-week of cohosting a Washington fundraiser with Senator Marco Rubio for 14th congressional candidate Jim Oberweis, Congressman Francis Rooney (R, FL-19) announced he would not seek reelection next year to his safe Republican district.
Given the report in an article posted on POLITICO yesterday, Rooney’s announcement caught everyone by surprise.
In recent days, Rooney had floated he may vote for impeachment of President Trump. Additionally, Rooney is the only cosponsor to proposed federal legislation to establish a “carbon tax”.
The POLITICO article can be accessed in the following embedded tweet:
As mentioned in the tweet, Jim Oberweis’ wife has been a resident of Florida since 2012, and the Oberweis’ own a condo in Bonita Springs, FL, which is in the 19th district. Legally, Mrs. Oberweis could run for the seat.
When Jim Oberweis announced his 2020 candidacy for Congress back in February, Chicago Sun-Times DC bureau chief Lynn Sweet confirmed Oberweis’ wife is still a resident in Florida.
Whether that has changed in the past 8 months is unknown. She has an active voter registration on the Kane County clerk’s website, but that could be a holdover from when she voted in Illinois through 2011.
Or might Jim Oberweis relocate to FL and seek the Republican congressional nomination there? To do so would mean he’d have to resign his state senate seat, but the funds he’s raised for the 14th could be used in a congressional campaign in another district, even in another state.
While the presidential primary in Florida is the same day as the Illinois primary, down-ballot nominations will not be determined until the August 18 primary election. So if Oberweis’ 14th district Republican nomination falls short in March, could he legally run for Congress in Florida in August?
My guess is Oberweis isn’t going anywhere yet, and his wife will make her own decision what to do for the August Florida congressional primary.
Speaking of Florida, and as previously reported, Senator Marco Rubio comes to Illinois on Friday as the headliner for a luncheon fundraiser for Oberweis in Oak Brook. McHenry County Republican Chairman Diane Evertsen is on the Host Committee: