Today, McHenry County Blog continues its series based on the initial rankings published October 18, ranking the candidates in the 14th district Republican primary.
The rankings, based on the objective evidence of 3rd quarter fundraising and observations are as follows, with links to their articles focusing on their candidacies:
All four of the top-tier candidates according to McHenry County Blog were confirmed by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) as On the Radar Young Guns candidates, after the latest NRCC announcement on October 30.
Today, we begin a 2-part series to focus on Sue Rezin, who ranked #3 of the top-tier candidates, and is now On the Radar.
Rezin’s strengths can be outlined into 3 parts:
- Perfect Electoral Record
- Legislative Accomplishments
- Love of God and Country
Perfect Electoral Record
On July 9 when announcing her entry into the 14th congressional district race, Rezin’s campaign included the following concerning her electoral success:
“Rezin has won every election she entered beginning with an upset victory in defeating longtime Illinois State Representative Careen Gordon who was an incumbent Democrat heavily backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s money and operation in a Tier One race.
“Previous to her race against Rezin, Gordon repeatedly won a series of tough election challenges.
“This is a seat Republicans have held ever since.
“Since then Rezin won reelection to the Illinois State Senate three times including two Tier One races against Christine Benson who is the sister of Chicago Democrat Congressman Mike Quigley.”Rezin for Congress Press Release July 9
Given the 14th district’s freshman Democrat Lauren Underwood won last year and is favored to win reelection given her fundraising and the dynamics of a presidential election, Rezin emphasizing her strength of winning against heavily backed Democrats focuses her message she is the proven winner.
Not only has Rezin won 4 elections to the Illinois General Assembly, she also flipped the 75th representative district in 2010, over 3-term Democrat incumbent Careen Gordon in a district that elected Democrats going back to the 1990s.
Considering the huge challenge the Republican nominee faces against Underwood in terms of fundraising and media coverage, Rezin is ready for these kinds of high profile general elections and is the only candidate in the 14th district race to flip a Democrat seat.
For Republican primary voters who value “winning is the name of the game” for next year’s General Election matchup against Underwood, Rezin makes the strongest case.
After winning election to the state House of Representatives, Rezin never served in the House.
Shortly after the 2010 general election, 2-term State Senator Gary Dahl resigned from the senate, and Republican party county chairs appointed Representative-elect Rezin to the state senate to serve the remaining 2 years of Dahl’s term.
She won elections in 2012, 2014 and 2018 to keep the senate seat in tier-one races.
In other words, Rezin has beaten Illinois Democrats, while successfully flipping a longtime Democrat-held district in 2010 and took the Democrats’ best shots in order to keep her senate seat.
A Republican with a record of beating credible Illinois Democrats is something not many Republicans can claim.
None of the other 7 candidates in the 14th come close to this record, with 5 of them making their first runs for public office, and the other two having run for Congress, both House and Senate, and lost, either in the primary or the general.
Recently, Rezin earned the “Bull-fighter” moniker given her quick, sharp and decisive responses to a questionable poll released in September, and last week, the tainted Lake County Republican Party endorsement in the 14th district race.
Judging by comments about Rezin’s responses both here on McHenry County Blog and on Capitol Fax, Rezin won admiration, respect and likely supporters for her ability to call out questionable actions by/favoring one of her opponents.
Given Underwood, the Democrats and their socialist allies are praising the freshman congresswoman as one of the most effective freshmen in the House of Representatives in recent memory, Rezin is showing Republican primary voters she can cut through the faux praise and expose it for what it really is — something to fertilize the lawn.
Here is an Underwood praise example published this week:
“Less than halfway through her first term, Underwood has accomplished what has historically taken new members of Congress in the majority party a full two years to achieve, according to data on lawmakers’ legislative effectiveness from the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a joint research institution between Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia.Source: Courier Newsroom
“In ten months, Underwood has introduced 15 bills and four amendments. For comparison, freshmen of the majority party of the past two Congresses — Republicans — introduced an average of 13 bills throughout the entire two years of their first terms.”
Rezin thus far has shown she is the best prepared to deal with this kind of coverage of opponents.
And Rezin has a proven record of winning 4 general elections to back it up.
Rezin has proven she can introduce bills in the state senate, and get them passed.
She has had 11 bills where she is the primary sponsor signed into law, and several more where she was a cosponsor.
And given the Republicans are in the minority, or super-minority in the state senate, these accomplishments are no small feat.
During the current session, her Sudden Infant Death Syndrome protection bill was signed into law during the summer.
And while her higher profile SB 2026 for preexisting conditions protections legislation passed the Senate unanimously and the House with the governor’s veto being sustained last month, passing high profile legislation on healthcare demonstrates Lauren Underwood isn’t the only one with a record to protect patients with preexisting conditions.
Given Rezin had legislation move through the legislative process, signed into law, even from the minority party, will be something to compare the overly partisan legislation Underwood will be taking credit for in the general election, but going nowhere in the U.S. Senate let alone being signed into law.
Love of God and Country
The Rezins, both Sue Rezin and her husband Dr. Keith Rezin, do not have to say they love God and country. Their lives, the fruit of the blessings they’ve received in their 34 years of marriage, exhibits the sharing of the blessings they received not only in their home to raise four children to adulthood, but in the community.
The Rezins met when they attended Augustana College, and married shortly after graduating. Both paid their own way through school.
After settling in Morris, Sue Rezin’s serving the community included:
- Morris Hospital Foundation Board
- Community Foundation of Greater Grundy County
- We Care of Grundy County Board
- Charity Foundation Board of State Senator Gary Dahl
- Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois
- Coached Volleyball for 12 years
- Served on the local school board
- 2009 Lincoln Series Inductee honored for her philanthropic work and dedication to bettering her community
- 2019 Legislator of the Year by VFW Illinois
- 2019 Transformer of the year by Transform Illinois
Rezin, who is pro-life, is not only a product of the American dream, but through serving the community in many ways over the years, has helped enable others to achieve the American dream, too.
These life experiences will help Rezin overcome anything Underwood will say to try to convince voters she and Democrats best represents the community.
Like fooling the voters last year about the kind of nurse Underwood is, similar lies will be debunked by the Bull-fighter in Rezin due to her strengths.