And hope for Republicans to flip the 14th comes from the most unlikeliest of sources
In case you missed it, yesterday WTTW launched the online voters guide for federal races for the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as Cook County offices up for election this year.
All seven 14th district Republican candidates took advantage of the opportunity to record a video of up to two minutes in length to be part of the voter guide.
Given, by all indications including candidates’ polling and local newspaper endorsements, the 14th district Republican primary is a two-person race between frontrunner State Senator Jim Oberweis, and State Senator Sue Rezin, here are their video links:
The remaining candidates can be viewed at the following link under the 14th district, where the Republicans are listed in ballot order.
The video of each candidate is included, as well as the transcript of the video and brief Q&A.
All of the Republican candidates did very well with their videos and none of them had any kind of issues. The one candidate who did was Congresswoman Lauren Underwood herself on her video:
From Underwood’s transcript:
“I’ve led the effort to make our government and economy work better for everyone by passing a bill that would allow Illinois families to once again deduct their state and local taxes from their federal tax return.”49-60 Seconds mark of Lauren Underwood WTTW voter guide video
The gaffe could be something as simple as dropping the word “entire” from the video script between the words “their” and “state”. But she said it, and as most taxpayers know, at no time did the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 prevent taxpayers from deducting state and local taxes (SALT) from federal income taxes within the limitations imposed by the 2017 law.
Many taxpayers chose not to itemize deductions, given a bigger return with the enhanced standard deduction. But Underwood did get the fact wrong in addition to her dropping the one word.
Her legislation, H.R. 1757 which her and Congressman Sean Casten first proposed in mid-March of last year, went nowhere for nearly 9 months. In December, the Democrats scrapped H.R. 1757, and pushed forward H.R. 5377 that would repeal for two years the SALT deduction limits.
H.R. 5377 will go nowhere in the Republican Senate even though the 5 Republicans who supported the bill were crucial for House passage.
But with Underwood’s gaffe, Republicans can take some hope that she is not perfect and can make errors on the debate stage.