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Republicans in IL-13 don't yet have a nominee after incumbent Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Urbana) won a 3-way GOP primary on March 20, in fact, the meeting of Republican county chairmen in 14 Illinois counties in order to select a replacement nominee isn't until May 19.

Now, Republicans appear to be rallying around attorney and 2003 Miss America Erika Harold (R-Chicago). Harold, despite being a multiracial woman, is a hard-line conservative, particularly on social issues such as abortion and sex education. I've heard GOP operatives outside of IL-13 refer to Harold as "the next Henry Hyde". Harold was the youth director for Patrick O'Malley's unsuccessful 2002 IL-Gov GOP primary bid.

At a Democratic unity breakfast in Springfield on Thursday, IL-13 Dem primary winner David Gill went negative on Harold despite the fact that there are several candidates for the IL-13 GOP replacement nomination. According to Gill, "I don't shy away from challenges and I'm ready to take on any Republican that they throw up against me, up to and including Miss America.", a clear reference to Harold.

While Harold is curently a Chicago resident, Harold, if selected by Republicans as the replacement nominee, wouldn't exactly be a carpetbagger, as she is a native of Urbana, Illinois, which is at the eastern end of IL-13.

I live about 30 miles outside of IL-13, and, therefore, am not a voting resident of the district, but Democrats in IL-13 have a legitimate candidate in David Gill. Regardless of whoever Republicans select to run against Gill, IL-13 Democrats should support Gill, because it is highly likely that this district will determine which party will have a majority of seats in the United States House of Representatives in the next Congress.

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Thu Apr 26, 2012 at 08:22 PM PDT.

Also republished by Land of Lincoln Kos.

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  •  I am puzzeled (3+ / 0-)
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    DownstateDemocrat, joanil, sfgb

    From Wiki

    Erika N. Harold (born February 20, 1980) was Miss America 2003, having qualified for the pageant by being selected Miss Illinois 2002. Her official platform was "Preventing Youth Violence and Bullying: Protect Yourself, Respect Yourself." This platform choice was said to have grown out of personal experience; she recounts having been the subject of racial and sexual harassment while growing up.
    WHY IS SHE A REPUBLICAN?????

    While in my former life of a repup/conservative before the scum realized I was Jewish, I heard such disgusting CRAP from the repugs and saw so many disturbing e-mails circulated by them that I forever denounce them and to this day am still ashamed I ever voted repub/conservative.

    Doesn't she know how they must talk about her behind her back?  Doesn't she know she is working for people who PROMOTE the hatred she faced growing up?  

    It took me to be surrounded by the low-lifes to truly understand them, as a repug candidate, hasn't she seen enough?

    WTF!!!

    "Stupid is as stupid does" - The republican motto you can believe in as they live it daily!

    by Mannie on Thu Apr 26, 2012 at 09:16:05 PM PDT

    •  That's my thoughts about Harold (2+ / 0-)
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      Mannie, sfgb

      She sounds like an anti-bullying activist trying to convince a party full of bullies to slate her as their nominee for U.S. House in Illinois's 13th Congressional District.

      Going against one's own interests is a Republican hallmark.

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