Compare speeches of both congresswomen on the House floor yesterday and which one represents the 14th district best?
“…Lauren Underwood now has a record as a sitting member of Congress. Her voting record is more liberal than even Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s voting record.“Campaign Spokesperson for Jim Oberweis campaign 3/27/20
Technically, Oberweis’ campaign is correct concerning Underwood’s record being more to the left than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). According to the UCLA Voteview project, Underwood voting record ideology currently ranks as the 15th (2nd among freshmen) most liberal in the House of Representatives of the 116th Congress.
AOC, according to the same UCLA Voteview rankings, is the 207th most liberal member of Congress, based on voting record. In the past, McHenry County Blog has applied discernment to the reason AOC’s ranking is in the middle of the House due to multiple protest votes cast throughout 2019 against the Democratic leadership.
That said, while the “liberal” label played well for Republican George H.W. Bush when he won the Presidency back in 1988, in recent years, the “L” word has not worked in the fall against a Democrat, especially in Illinois.
Indeed, this following comparison between AOC and Underwood may be used more effectively to help Underwood’s reelection in the fall, if the Democrats or their allies dared to use it.
Think to yourself, “…which freshmen congresswoman represented me best during the debate over the coronavirus stimulus bill?”:
or Lauren Underwood?:
AOC’s transformation into former Congressman/presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke along with AOC socialist invective during her one minute rant sent her speech viral overnight.
But the denouement for the comparison for the 14th district general election could end “…and we already have the woman best representing our district representing us. Let’s keep her there!”
Something for Team Oberweis and the NRCC to keep in mind when bringing up AOC.