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The hip-replaced canvassing team

I was back in the 6th CD (of IL) canvassing for Lisa Coolidge, who is running against Cong. Pete Roskam. A driver from the district and I were given a precinct. I learned that he had had a hip-replacement operation, too. (His went much better than mine.)

So, there we were -- two guys who had replacement hips walking a precinct.

The reception among those who were actually home was mixed. Some were glad that some Democrat was actually doing something. Roskam had voted for the Ryan budget with its replacement of Medicare with a subsidy for private insurance companies.

This is an uphill battle. The Democratic legislature had redistricted so that Republican majorities were in a few CDs, and this is supposed to be one of the red ones. On the other hand, it's not all that red. It's socially liberal, and Roskam is socially conservative -- as well as fiscally reactionary.

Part of my personal triumph was that I navigated the transportation system to get out there. (The last time I went, a guy picked me up.) A 3/4 mile walk got me to the bus that ran for miles to the Jefferson Park transit hub. (The bus turns around there. It's the terminus for the blue line of the EL. It's a Metra -- local commuter rail -- station. All in more or less the same building.)

Originally posted to Frank Palmer on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:24 AM PDT.

Also republished by Land of Lincoln Kos.

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