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Hawaii Hiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:33 PM
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Special election in Illinois today
"There is a special election today in IL-14 to fill the seat of retiring congressman (and former Speaker) Dennis Hastert. The Democrat, Bill Foster is a former high-energy physicist working at Fermilab in Illinois and also a successful businessman, founding a company that now sells more than half the theatrical lighting in the U.S. The Republican, Jim Oberweis, is a businessman who started a successful mutual fund company and also also owns a chain of 43 ice cream stores. Normally, a race between a liberal Democrat and a conservative Republican in a district with a PVI of R+5 that has sent a Republican to Congress for 11 consecutive terms would be a no brainer. However, change is in the air and this seat is being bitterly fought over. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), chairman of the DCCC, who is sitting on a pile of money $34 million high is spending like a drunken sailor in this district, not only to beat Oberweis but also to force his NRCC counterpart, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), to match him. Cole's problem is that he is basically broke. The symbolic value of the Democrats taking over the former Speaker's seat would be immense, so the GOP is throwing in everything they have to help Oberweis".

The less Republicans in the House & Senate, the better!
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global1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:02 PM
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1. Oberweiss Is Running A Real Negative Campaign.....
the guy is a loser but has a big ego and like HRC - he's in this race for himself - he wants to play politician.

Obama has endorsed Foster and did a few TV ads for him. Keep your fingers crossed on this. Hastert had a big hold on his district and was hard to unseat. I don't know if Oberweiss will ride in on those coattails.
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