Underwood breaks nearly six months silence on Democratic presidential contest further evidence Jim Oberweis fading
It’s all over the news. Senator Kamala Harris (D, CA) was chosen as presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s running mate yesterday. The formal nomination of both Biden and Harris will be made official next week at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee (though both Biden and Harris will not be in Wisconsin, but will deliver their speeches virtually).
So here’s a local take on the big news from yesterday from a unique local 14th congressional district of Illinois perspective.
A tweet from Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s campaign Twitter account last night a little after 8:30PM CDT stated the following (transcribed) reaction from McHenry County’s congressional representative (excluding Algonquin Township):
“Today is a historic day — especially for Black and South Asian women.
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the leaders we need in the White House to right our course as a nation and restore American leadership in the world.
“Onward to victory!”Congresswoman Lauren Underwood tweet 8/11/20 8:34PM CDT
Included with Underwood’s tweet were two dated pictures, presumably from her 2018 campaign:
Nearly six months ago, on February 24 addressing the City Club of Chicago, Underwood had said of the Democratic presidential contenders,
“Some people are neutral and some people are not helpful, and nobody…running on the Democratic ticket is helpful to me in my race.
“…presidential candidates as neutral at best or really difficult at worst.”Lauren Underwood addressing City Club of Chicago 2/24/20
For context, when Underwood spoke at City Club, it was within three days after Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders had just smoked Biden in the Nevada presidential caucus, and Biden was on the ropes. Biden’s comeback would begin the following Saturday in the South Carolina primary, and Biden never looked back.
But while the question was primarily addressing the reality at that time of a possible Sanders presidential ticket, the remarks began an absence of any openly public discussion from Underwood on the Democratic presidential race until last night’s tweet.
While there is the clear historical significance of Harris’ selection as running mate, Underwood appears to be moving out of the “neutrality”/”difficult” position she said back in February concerning the Democratic presidential ticket. A lot of factors favor her doing this, most notably a fast-fading candidacy from Republican challenger Jim Oberweis.
Last Thursday, McHenry County Blog published its article with observations made by commenters about Oberweis’ campaign. Several observations were made about a lack of activity from Oberweis’ bid to unseat Underwood.
Currently, the two major congressional elections ratings, Charlie Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball both continue to rate IL-14 as “Leans Democratic”. One of the minor ratings services changed its rating for the 14th, as published in Friday’s Roll Call:
“Lauren Underwood…was expected to face a competitive reelection battle. Her race is now rated Solid Democratic by Inside Elections.”Roll Call Nathan Gonzales, 8/7/20
Inside Elections changed the rating from “Leans Democratic” to “Solid Democratic”, skipping the “Likely Democratic” rating, which makes one believes Inside Elections overstating Underwood’s strength.
That said, a week after blog commenters cited concern, and no apparent change in Oberweis’ campaign, and yesterday’s announcement from Congressional Leadership Fund for additional media market advertising buys on TV which again bypass Chicagoland, Oberweis’ campaign is nearly beyond repair. 14th district voters will likely not have the opportunity with both Underwood and Oberweis to listen to their positions on major issues needing federal legislative responses.
And voters will be shortchanged.
For the record, McHenry County Blog has discussed observations with the Oberweis campaign directly.
So local Republicans attempting to defend Oberweis, present any evidence to prove otherwise and it will be seen if it stands up to discernment. Read last Thursday’s article to know what kind of evidence needs to be seen.
- City Club of Chicago Underwood Statement: http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/02/25/il-14-left-trying-to-redefine-socialism-and-distinguish-democratic-socialism (note, video at bottom of article)