Face the truth, everyone.
The truth is both Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten will be tough to beat in 2020.
And given it’s a presidential election year, Republicans in Illinois have not flipped a congressional seat with an incumbent Democrat seeking reelection in a presidential election since the 1992 flipping of the then 16th congressional district against a freshman Democrat.
And the Republicans had the aid of a rematch and a freshly Republican-drawn map to pull that one off.
And the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is taking no chances. The McHenry County Democratic Party’s website is advertising the grand opening of the DCCC’s headquarters on Saturday.
The open house is scheduled for Saturday through March Forward-Illinois. Here is their advertising for Saturday’s event.
And in case you are wondering, that location in eastern St. Charles across IL Highway 64 from the Charlestowne Mall is central to both districts.
Back on September 11, McHenry County Blog published an article announcing Lauren Underwood’s campaign had chosen St. Charles for its headquarters, and Underwood’s campaign was at a temporary location in western St. Charles.
Now we know where the permanent headquarters is, and as told on September 11, Underwood’s campaign will be opening satellite offices across the district next year.
The Republican nomination is all but decided in the 6th district, unless Dr. Jay Kinzler can do something very remarkable apart from getting onto the primary ballot. Most people already assume a Jeanne Ives-Sean Casten showdown in the 6th next year.
But the 14th district Republican nomination is far from settled.
Eight candidates, and possibly more, are seeking to challenge Lauren Underwood next year, and as the number 1 rule from the old Highlander TV series from the 1990s says, “in the end, there can be only one.“
Yes, there was that sham endorsement by the Lake County Republican Party’s executive committee, but as Evelyn Sanguinetti learned the hard way earlier this year, endorsements by themselves are meaningless.
Since last month, McHenry County Blog has applied metrics and narrowed Republican field to 4. That can change if any of the candidates who’ve entered the race since October 18 can make a distinguishable/tangible impact.
So far, the blog has shared its observations of strengths and opportunities of Jim Oberweis and Catalina Lauf.
The similar treatments of Sue Rezin and Ted Gradel are being finalized and all should be published by the middle of this month.
And we will continue to be thorough.
We’re not here to tickle ears, but to tell the truth.
And concerning Sue Rezin, here’s something available for public viewing as of this morning. Rezin’s Financial Disclosure statement. She filed it late yesterday a day ahead of her extension’s deadline:
For those attending tonight’s WideAwake: Socialism Not Now, Not Ever event where at least six of the eight candidates have confirmed they will be attending, don’t go easy on any of them.
Republican primary voters in the 14th have a huge decision to make, and as discussed in detail in today’s POLITICO Illinois Playbook, Lauren Underwood is under serious consideration to replace Katie Hill as the Democratic freshmen co-president in the House Leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi: