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Erila Harold, the ultra-conservative former beauty pageant contestant, is now mounting a primary challenge against Republican Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13).

Harold was the 2003 Miss America, and this isn't the first time that Harold has been interested in a congressional bid. She was one of several Republicans who sought that party's replacement nomination in the 13th District of Illinois last year after then-Rep. Tim Johnson withdrew from the race not long after winning the primary, losing to Davis.

At first glance, this would look like a sour grapes run by Harold. However, Davis was one of ten House Republicans who voted against a bill to shut down the National Labor Relations Board.

Erika Harold, to me, comes across as an anti-abortion zealot and an anti-bullying activist in a political party that is full of bullies. The fact that she thinks that she's more conservative than Rodney Davis, who barely defeated a Democrat who ran to the left of Obama in last year's general election, tells me that she's too conservative for the 13th District of Illinois.

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 02:57 PM PDT.

Also republished by Land of Lincoln Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

    by DownstateDemocrat on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 02:57:24 PM PDT

  •  I was going to ask if this was one of the seats we (3+ / 0-)
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    DownstateDemocrat, majcmb1, rlb

    came close to winning last time but you answered my question.

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 03:17:36 PM PDT

  •  WCIA-TV already shilling for Erica Harold (1+ / 0-)
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    Given that Jennifer Roscoe, their senior news anchor, is a personal friend of Harold, that's not surprising at all.

    The old boys and girls network of the mainstream media is alive and well...

    "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

    by DownstateDemocrat on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 04:11:20 PM PDT

    •  If Channel 3 is already on board, (0+ / 0-)

      I can't wait to read what the News-Gazette is going to write.  A telegenic, U of I alumna who was a beauty queen with extremely conservative principles must have the boys in the editorial room chomping at the bit.

      "The working class mind is strange and unpredictable" -- Ty Lookwell

      by Illinibeatle on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 06:28:20 AM PDT

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  •  Hopefully she wins the GOP nomination (2+ / 0-)
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    Then we'll have an easier time taking the seat.

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 04:50:48 PM PDT

    •  Even if Davis wins re-nomination (0+ / 0-)

      ...depending on how nasty the Davis-Harold primary battle gets, the 2014 IL-13 race could play out a lot like the 2012 WI-Sen race. Think of Rodney Davis as an Illinois version of Tommy Thompson, and you're not far off.

      "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

      by DownstateDemocrat on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 07:02:20 PM PDT

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  •  Callis v. Harold in the general: (1+ / 0-)
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    Callis would win easily... in a presidential year. Callis would still be the favorite in a midterm, barring a mega 2010-type anti-Democratic wave.

  •  Davis is too conservative. (1+ / 0-)
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    But, he did a good job of not showing that in public.

    •  One of my complaints with the Davis campaign (1+ / 0-)
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      He allowed himself to get branded as an extremely liberal, euthanizing doctor, but he did a mediocre job showing the voters just how crackpot Davis really is.  Not that he had any help from the DCCC or the east central and south central Illinois media.

      Of course, Davis has branded himself as a non-partisan "No Labels" Congressional Problem solver and there are plenty of Democrats such as Cheri Bustos who'll attest to him being "moderate" and not a crazy obstructionist movement conservative.

      "The working class mind is strange and unpredictable" -- Ty Lookwell

      by Illinibeatle on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 06:33:43 AM PDT

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  •  I think it will get very nasty and this is a real (1+ / 0-)
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    serious primary challenge.  She is deeply tied into the central Illinois hard right network and since the party base gets to chose the winner she has a lot going for her in that respect.  She works for a well connected conservative Republican law firm and she has experienced and deeply connected local political operatives in her corner.

    Going by the comments in the C-U paper it seems the local conventional wisdom is against her.  I think she as a very good change of winning the primary.

  •  NLRB vote? (0+ / 0-)

    Sounds a lot like there is a real history here and that the NLRB vote is not really a factor in the primary challenge.

    Does Davis have a strong labor record aside from the NLRB vote?

    •  Of course not. (0+ / 0-)

      Davis knows he can't win the general election if he looks too conservative so he'll take a few votes here and there that make it look like he's not Tea Party. He also wants to keep the more conservative trade unions in the district from getting angry enough to try hard at unseating him.

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