Remember how House Speaker Mike Madigan drew a district especially for Tammy Duckworth, whom Peter Roskam beat in 2006?
She beat Joe Walsh in his 2012 effort to become a two-term congressman, even though Walsh trashed her in the WTTW-TV debate.
Then the Dems slated her in 2016 for U.S. Senate against Mark Kirk. She won.
Now, according to Monday’s Politico,
Eyes have trained onto Tammy Duckworth — and her Senate seat in particular. Duckworth, a shortlister in the veepstakes just a few months ago, is getting a fair bit of buzz about whether she gets airlifted into Joe Biden‘s not-yet-named Cabinet.
And should Duckworth depart for Washington, it falls to Gov. J.B. Pritzker to fill the empty seat, and he’s not interested in addressing the issue for which he’ll be lobbied on all sides.
Pritzker is busy with other matters, a Spokeswoman said.
Point well-taken, but that hasn’t stopped speculation from following the senator wherever she goes. Duckworth told Fox/32 on Friday: “Some girls fall for the drummer in the band. I fall for ‘your country needs to serve you’ line… Of course, I would be honored to serve in the Biden administration.”
Just as Duckworth was picked pretty much out of nowhere, likely second-term Congresswoman Lauren Underwood could be elevated to replace Duckworth should Duckworth be appointed to the Joe Biden cabinet.
Both Duckworth and Underwood are women with special attributes that have attracted female voters.
While Governor JB Pritzker would appoint Duckworth’s replacement to the U.S. Senate, the Governor does not have the power to fill U.S. House vacancies
That would require a special election in the 14th congressional district to select a replacement.
Assuming that Jim Oberweis is unable to over come the over 4,000 vote deficit, he is likely to run again and again win the Republican Party Primary Election.
Arguing against this Duckworth-Underwood scenario is that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would not like to lose a Democrat in the 14th District and there is no obvious Democratic Party replacement for Underwood in the typically Republican-leaning district.