ERA gaffe at Batavia forum will stick to her like “Taliban” has stuck to Jim Oberweis for 18 years
As has been told elsewhere, 14th congressional district Republican candidate Catalina Lauf had one of those moments which, for the forseeable future, will follow her anytime she is in electoral politics beginning in 2020.
Her gaffe had to do with the question asked of her nearly 30 minutes into the League of Women Voters (LWV) candidates’ forum on January 30th in Batavia.
Lauf was up first to answer the question on supporting a congressional resolution extending the time for states to approve the ERA (the resolution is H.J. Res. 79).
Click the video below, and the Lauf portion starts at the 32:03 mark and pause after 15 seconds:
While a commenter here on McHenry County Blog asked a valid question if Lauf was confused by the TLA (three letter acronym) of “ERA” and would Lauf had been better had the moderator asked the question spelled out as “Equal Rights Amendment”, the damage is done to Lauf.
Definitely makes the many Lauf detractors giddy, but they were never friends of her anyway. It’s the people whose first impression of Lauf will be set now and in the future, by the gaffe.
Those 15 seconds in Batavia will define Lauf for the rest of the primary campaign. And in the remaining 36 days of the campaign if her campaign is seen as a threat by Jim Oberweis’ frontrunning campaign, know those 15 seconds can easily be dropped into a 30 second negative commercial/video.
Speaking of Oberweis, he still has his detractors trying to turn the pro-life community against him by resurrecting the 18-year old “Taliban” comment, which he long ago, like shortly after he said it, confessed, made amends and apologized.
In 2020, Oberweis has thus far, earned the only two pro-life PAC endorsements, so most mainstream pro-life supporters have forgiven Oberweis of the Taliban comparison.
Getting back to Lauf, Blogger and 14th district resident Jeff Ward of Geneva did not mince words in his tweets last Tuesday:
And then his general tweet introducing his article on Batavia’s debate:
Then on Friday, Ward wrote his article titled “Catalina Lauf’s Candidacy is a Farce!”, and the worst one yet about Lauf, which hit multiple points of the truth because Ward knows how to find the truth, and sift through candidates’ embellishments. He did a real master stroke here.
His article received over 20,000 hits once it was published on Friday.
Here are some lines:
“No 26-year-old on this vast planet has nearly enough job or life experience to become a national economic advisor.”
“Put more simply, in an effort to make the rest of us believe they really do love brown people, Republicans ferret out female trophy candidates who somehow buy into their…world view while lacking the intelligence that would make them difficult to control.”
“The plain truth is, Catalina Lauf is nothing more than a political bimbo.”
“…but more than one GOP observer told me her recent candidate forum responses were ‘always a bit off.’ “Jeff Ward, “Catalina Lauf’s Candidacy is a Farce!”, The First Ward, 2/7/20
I admit, Mr. Ward came to the edge of being sexist in his article on Friday. That is part of his schtick, and he clearly got frustrated by the pro-Lauf people who bombarded him trying to defend Lauf in his article last Tuesday, in the face of her 15 seconds of shame at the Batavia debate which he includes in his Friday post.
About 3 weeks ago, I began asking a question about Lauf in Twitter: as the objective hiring manager, would I hire/vote for a candidate who cannot explain gaps in her resume or provide professional references?
The gap in Lauf’s resume’ she refuses to talk about is her 10 months working for Citizens for Rauner in 2018. And of the 48,000+ Twitter followers, no one she worked with at the Commerce Department last year, Citizens for Rauner in 2018 or Uber would go on record and provide a professional reference.
Even former Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti would not publicly write an endorsement, which would have been a professional reference since Lauf worked with Sanguinetti while working for Citizens for Rauner.
Some may ask what about the other candidates?
Take the other Millennial, Jerry Evans at age 36. He has a thriving small business in his name he’s built for over 8 years that has grown. Don’t need professional reference, his small business accomplishment speaks for itself. He also has relevant life experiences like marriage (5 years), home ownership (2 1/2 years) and fatherhood (19 months) not to mention his unapologetic faith in God.
Most other candidates are same way.
Ward’s language used in his tweet is a bit crass and his article, and his articles’ links in the 14th from last week are below for reference. Here’s a tweet I sent, because his was unprintable:
The Catalina for Congress campaign, that kicked off to much fanfare last August and raised just under $105,000 in its first 38 days, but raised just under $66,000 in the following 92 days and ended 2019 with less than $32,000 in the bank, taught me much once facts were revealed.
Her policy/platform rollout first promised in October, and then early January never materialized through today. It’s not needed now.
She was heralded as the “anti-AOC”. She ended up being a “Beto O’Rourke” who 11 months ago started out very strong, but quickly fizzled when it was clear the former 3-term congressman didn’t have substance to be President of the United States and people saw through him.
Clearly last fall, most people, especially the donor community, figured out the same thing and short of a real act of God, Lauf is no longer in this race except in name only and it’s been this way since the fall.
The candidate vetting has worked.
Links to blogger Jeff Ward’s 14th district articles week of Feb 3:
- Friday’s article: https://thefirstward.net/2020/02/07/quick-hits-catalina-laufs-candidacy-is-a-farce
- Tuesday’s article (Batavia debate, Sue Rezin’s mailer): https://thefirstward.net/2020/02/04/quick-hits-supplemental-feb-4-2020
- Wednesday’s article (Jim Oberweis’ mailer): https://thefirstward.net/2020/02/06/quick-hits-newspaper-campaign-mailers-dont-work