IL-14: GOP Women Running for Congress Talks of Rezin Campaign

There are some paragraphs in an Associated Press article about Republican women running for office that might be of interest to readers:

Among difficult losses for GOP women, Illinois state Sen. Sue Rezin lost a tight congressional primary in a Chicago-area district that Republicans held for decades before Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood flipped it in 2018.

Rezen has won four elections–three of them top tier state races–and was the opponent Democrats feared most in a general election.

But she struggled to compete in fundraising and lost to state Sen. Jim Oberweis, who loaned his campaign $1 million.

Rezin said the pandemic was a factor.

She modeled her campaign on turnout of 80,000 but only 35,000 voted in the March 17 primary.

In the weeks leading up to the election, people were scared to even open their doors for fear of the spread of the coronavirus, her team said.

But the overriding issue, Rezin said, is that for all the GOP chatter about supporting women, the party hasn’t gotten serious about committing to helping women to win.

“The days of checking the box are over,” she said.

“If our party continues to just check the box for women, we lose and the Democrats win.”


IL-14: GOP Women Running for Congress Talks of Rezin Campaign — 5 Comments

  1. Isn’t it traditional for the party leadership to stay neutral during primary elections?

    Did Rezin expect the Republican leadership to stack the deck for her the way that the DNC stacked the deck for Hillary when she ran against Bernie in 2016?

  2. Billy Bob, what you’re describing (not being neutral and tipping the scale to one candidate during the primary) is exactly what some of the local GOP central committees and/or their chairmen did to benefit Jim Oberweis — a candidate that the Underwood campaign is probably laughing at and glad to have seen won!

    Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent by a dark money group which we later found out was funded by Republicans for the sole purpose of defeating Oberweis because they were worried he would hand that seat right back to Underwood.

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