Discernment: Taking shots at primary opponents because they did not attend rally and over 18 year old comment disingenuous to the truth and goal to nominate candidate who can win in November
By chastising four of his opponents for not attending the Chicago March for Life on Saturday, January 11, Marter transformed his own participation from an act of selflessness and humility, into an act of selfish and prideful politics.
First, while openly calling out opponents Jim Oberweis, Sue Rezin, Ted Gradel and Catalina Lauf by name for not participating in the March for Life, he left out that opponent Jerry Evans was in Chicago that Saturday.
So he told a half-truth, which is a lie itself.
So let’s see what Ted Gradel, one of the candidates called out by Marter for his absence on the 11th, was doing during the March for Life:
Ted Gradel was serving the community, by helping people less fortunate than us who struggle to live a life, with a glimmer of fun and hopefulness.
All of us are an auto accident away from being a patient at Marklund or similar facilities.
One final note, Gradel served Marklund through his membership with Aurora/Fox Valley Notre Dame Club, not his congressional campaign.
And if anyone needs a refresher on Gradel’s stance on life, please click here for his passionate testimony about being adopted at birth, a genuine act of love that saved his life.
There is no doubt where Ted Gradel stands on Right to Life, even if he doesn’t attend a rally in Chicago.
Once again, Marter takes a cheap shot at Jim Oberweis with another half-truth, saying:
“… During a previous campaign, State Senator Oberweis infamously equated pro-lifers to the Taliban, apologizing only when threatened with an opposing ad campaign from the Catholic League.”James Marter, 1/14/20 press release, emphasis added
That “previous campaign” was the 2002 U.S. Senate primary 18 years ago which Marter failed to identify, and the Taliban reference was said in 2001 about a month after the 9-11 attacks on our country that year, making the ill-chosen words even more ill-chosen.
Oberweis was called out, Oberweis did the right thing and confessed and apologized, and repented.
The Scriptures I read teaches us to confront sin, let the sinner confess and repent and he’s forgiven before God and man. Oberweis clearly did that.
And two months ago, Oberweis earned the only pro-life organization’s endorsement to-date in the 14th district race in the 2020 primary campaign for Congress. Oberweis was endorsed by the Lake County Life PAC, the political arm of Lake County Right to Life.
As for the weak linkage of both Oberweis and Sue Rezin to agreement with Governor Rauner’s policies in spite of Oberweis’ and Rezin’s voting records, that was exposed for the stretch of the truth it was when he said this last summer, and Marter still has not learned his lesson.
Relevant links are here:
- Taliban comment: http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/01/03/il-14-james-marter-pulls-out-18-year-old-attack-on-jim-oberweis-on-abortion
- Linking Oberweis & Rezin with Rauner: http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/09/01/il-14-applying-discernment-to-james-marter-campaigns-facebook-meme-8-30-19
And last, Marter turns upon Catalina Lauf in a two-pronged attack, the first one questioning her absence from the rally.
On that Saturday, Lauf participated on the Black & Right radio show as a phone-in guest.
She was also asked about where she stood on Right to Life, and she responded.
Readers can look at this article to hear what she said towards the end of the 8 1/2 minute interview.
But readers should also see what was written in the last portion of the article as it ties into Marter’s other description about Lauf concerning her work with Citizens for Rauner in 2018.
“Fear, waffling and flip-flopping go hand in hand, when you don’t have a firm grasp of what you stand for.
“It’s really a sign that your positions are for sale. Mine aren’t.”James Marter 1/14/20 Press Release
As said in last Thursday’s article, Lauf, as recently as the interview with her in The Resurgent, Lauf does attempt to gloss over her 10 months working for Citizens for Rauner in both the primary and the general election.
While Lauf does need to explain the apparent incongruity of what she stated on the radio interview on January 11 with her employment for 10 months with Citizens for Rauner in both the primary and general election of 2018, everyone who lived through their 20s know those are formative years and she turned 25 nearly halfway through her employment with Citizens for Rauner.
But when Marter starts asking a “firm grasp”, the discernment begins with wondering of the 57 year old Marter when he was Lauf’s age of 26 1/2 in 1989, what was he doing for the Right to Life cause back then?
Look at Oberweis and having to be set straight after his Taliban comment of 18 years ago. Oberweis was 55 when that happened, so even though one’s mid 50s aren’t considered the “formative years”, we continue to grow in wisdom throughout our lives, as Oberweis did then.
Given the trend for new members of Congress is for men and women to be closer to Lauf’s age opposed to Marter’s, Republican primary voters are reminded to know what they are looking for in their eventual nominee.
Primary voters can see through this “purity test” Marter attempts to put on the four candidates recognized by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) “On the Radar” candidates as simply a desperate attempt to cast aspersions on his four better funded rivals who have resonated with voters more effectively than he has in 2020.
Or voters can also remember if their goal is to nominate the best candidate for Congress who has the best chance to unseat Congresswoman Underwood, will likely take less than perfection to any ideological litmus test, and remembering that no one is perfect.
This voter prefers a candidate who’s more consistent telling the whole truth opposed to perfection on any ideological litmus test while showing their commitment to a cause like the March for Life with humility and selflessness, not selfishness and pride.