Oberweis residency claim against Rezin does not stand up to discernment
As published yesterday, 14th congressional district Republican candidate Jim Oberweis sent out a hit-piece mailer against his opponent Sue Rezin concerning her residence is not within the current (2011) boundaries of the 14th congressional district.
And as was pointed out in the comments of the article, only being a resident of the state where the congressional district is located is the only legal requirement of residency to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Oberweis’ mailer made no mention of that fact as it shouldn’t, but it does make a claim that does not stand up to discernment. Here’s the portion of the mailer in question:
The inset check mark list is where Oberweis’ mailer crosses the line into disinformation. He highlights the following about Sue Rezin:
- Not From The District
- Lives in Congressman Adam Kinzinger’s District
- No Plans To Move Up North If Elected (emphasis added)
Purposely leaving out what one commenter said that 2/3 of her state senate district is within the 14th district, it’s that last bulletpoint which requires voter discernment.
Last July when Rezin announced her congressional candidacy, the following appeared in POLITICO “Illinois Playbook” on July 10:
Please note the last paragraph and Rezin’s quote:
“We’ll wait to see how the lines are drawn during redistricting.”Sue Rezin, 7/10/19
Looks pretty clear that Rezin is taking the prudent and reasonable approach concerning the boundaries of the 14th congressional district and the fact the boundaries are going to change in 2021.
Oberweis is trying to mislead voters with disinformation that Rezin has no plans to relocate to cross the southern boundary of the current (2011) 14th district. One never knows, after the 2021 redistricting, the southern boundary of the newly redrawn 14th district may move south, and then Rezin wouldn’t have to move, assuming she wins the primary and the general.
It is understandable why Oberweis is spreading this kind of disinformation, given the 14th district primary is down to him and Rezin, plus Ted Gradel’s campaign money playing spoiler. The other four candidates in the 14th district field are unable to compete with Oberweis, Rezin and Gradel due to lack of campaign cash.
And all indications of polling shows the primary race is a two-person contest particularly with Rezin surging in the face of winning the editorial endorsements of both the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald.
Oberweis launching a negative TV commercial against Rezin last week in addition to the residency mailer is all the proof one needs to know the Oberweis campaign’s internal polling bears witness to the Rezin surge.
Therefore, in the final three weeks of the 14th district Republican campaign, primary voters should be discerning and question if a claim made by a candidate against another candidate, is actually true.
As one commenter said in yesterday’s article on the residency questions both Rezin and Oberweis face, Rezin living outside the boundary of the current 14th congressional district is a “red herring”.
Linke to POLITICO 7/10/19: