Parallels to perception of Lauf’s focus outside Illinois not lost on this discerning voter
This past Saturday (November 20), former IL-16 Republican candidate Catalina Lauf attended the college football game between the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen and the East Carolina Pirates.
The Navy-East Carolina game was the last home game of the season at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD, as Navy’s final two games take place in Philadelphia this Saturday (at Temple) and the pageantry and tradition of the Army-Navy game on December 11, the final regular season football game for Division I-A NCAA football.
The fact the Midshipmen are in a 2-8 season including Saturday’s 38-35 loss to the Pirates and are not bowl eligible is not relevant, as the men and women of the service academies, in the case of the United States Naval Academy both future Navy and United States Marine Corps officers, will lead men and women in the Navy and/or USMC when their Academy education is complete.
The above tweet explained, with Lauf decked-out in official Navy collegiate apparel, how she was in Annapolis at the invitation of a friend to honor the service assignments of friends.
Lauf had a similar post on her Instagram page, along with metadata she was posting from Annapolis on Saturday night.
All Americans do, and should honor the nation’s men and women who serve our country every day of the year, and whether they attend one of the service academies, officer candidate school or an enlisted man or woman, they are all honored and ready to give their lives for God and country if necessary.
From the desk of John Lopez: It was Lauf’s 2nd Instagram post on Monday, complete with 5 pictures and a video of a U.S. Navy flyover, where Lauf departed from honoring the men and women of the United States Naval Academy into in the honest opinion of a close friend, crossed the boundary to narcissistic behavior.
It also revealed a common “word-on-the-street” about Lauf being interested in events and people outside of Illinois, and not fellow Republican candidates in Illinois, given her record of not financially backing Illinois Republican candidates in the 2020 election cycle, through her Defense of Freedom PAC.
Lauf’s, as written about on McHenry County Blog previously, continued descent of disrespect for local people and institutions which in my honest opinion, has shown why Lauf may not yet be ready for elective public office, especially in Washington, at this stage of her life in her late 20s though she clearly has the potential to serve in public office yet lacks significant experiences, both professionally and in life.
In my honest opinion, Lauf’s lack of a verifiable record of accomplishments will be her undoing if she runs for congressional office in 2022.
Thoughtful commenters from McHenry County Blog have asked — why didn’t Lauf financially back through her PAC Republican nominees like Jim Oberweis (IL-14), Esther Joy King (IL-17) and Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13) who were all in close races, but backed 14 Republicans from outside of Illinois a year ago.
Throw in, after Lauf’s 2020 primary loss to Oberweis in IL-14, it took her over 4 months until she finally endorsed Oberweis publicly, when the other five Republicans who also lost the IL-14 primary endorsed Oberweis within hours after the primary returns were posted.
Here is the verbiage from Lauf’s 2nd Instagram post about her trip to the United States Naval Academy with emphasis added:
“We are so proud of ALL our service academy appointees from Illinois…
“Don’t worry, we’ll make it to West Point and the others too! 😉
“We had so much fun tailgating and at the game, and we are forever grateful to all of our young service-members nationwide and their new journeys ahead 🇺🇸
“Also to be a freshman again! First college football game I’ve been to since my Miami Of Ohio days — college kids — ENJOY your time it goes by fast!”Catalina Lauf Instagram post, 11/22/21
All right, from my emphasized points above, Lauf commits she/her campaign will “…make it to West Point and the others too!”
Obviously, West Point is reference to the United States Military Academy where the cadets learn/train to be future leaders in the United States Army.
Sounds like she’s also committed to visit the other service academies:
- Colorado Springs, CO, home of the United States Air Force Academy and includes the United States Space Force Academy (cadets for Air Force wear gold sashes on their dress uniforms, Space Force wear silver sashes)
- New London, CT, home of the United States Coast Guard Academy
Looks like more frequent flyer miles (or extended road trips) forthcoming for Lauf and her congressional campaign to the states of New York, Connecticut and Colorado, though likely not at a football game like she did in Annapolis given the season is all but over.
One starts to think, as Lauf is expected to seek election to Congress next year in the new IL-11, she’s devoting time and Instagram posts with pictures of veterans and service members as a prelude to a potential Republican primary race against 20-year career Army officer Major (ret.) Michael Pierce of Naperville, who has declared his candidacy to challenge Congressman Bill Foster (D, Naperville) for the IL-11 congressional seat.
To be clear, Lauf has yet to declare a congressional run for 2022 now that her challenge to Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R, Channahon) ended when Kinzinger announced on October 29 he will not seek reelection.
Whether Lauf runs for anything in 2022 is her business, and she’ll make her announcement for her plans for next year at the appropriate time.
And Lauf states the Navy-East Carolina game was the first college football game she’s attended since she went to school at Miami of Ohio.
Lauf graduated from Miami in the fall of 2013, so assuming she attended RedHawks football games her senior year at Yager Stadium, it’s been at least 8 years since she last went to a college football game before Saturday night.
But since Lauf attended a football game across the country in Annapolis, it’ll be interesting to see if she will be attending the big football game in Naperville this Saturday afternoon, as the defending Division III National Champion North Central College Cardinals take the field in the 2nd round of the Division III playoffs, hosting the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
North Central College, based in the new IL-11, had a perfect 10-0 season after winning the National Championship in Division III in 2019 over Wisconsin-Whitewater, and with the 2020 season wiped out due to COVID, are defending their title.
The Cardinals advanced in the playoffs to the round-of-16 when their 1st round opponent had a COVID outbreak on the team, and their playoff match-up was declared a “no-contest” win.
The parallels of Lauf’s constant attention to people and events nationally, opposed to locally in college football is not lost with the political figures she’s supported. Hopefully Lauf’s potential IL-11 primary opponent being alumni of North Central College is not why she’s withholding public support for a local, Illinois-based defending football champion from Naperville where Division III players are all non scholarship athletes.
And given Lauf tweeted about the service academies, the United States Coast Guard Academy also plays in Division III NCAA football.
If Lauf tweets or posts Instagram pics from Saturday’s game at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, Lauf could begin to show herself as one who cares about local, Illinois-based people and institutions.
Kickoff is Noon CST on Saturday in Naperville.
But back to the Lauf Instagram pictures with her decked in official Navy apparel from Under Armour officially licensed products, brought back memories from 42 years ago of a certain song from the Village People, released in 1979.
Enjoy the video for “In the Navy”.