Stem cells become issue in the 6th.
The question of using embryonic stem cells for medical research is proving another litmus test in the 6th Congressional District.
At a news conference Tuesday, Democratic candidate Tammy Duckworth called for action on a measure in Congress loosening restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell studies.
â€œScience and hope are two things I believe in strongly. Unfortunately, theyâ€™re in shorter supply than they should be,â€ said Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran from Hoffman Estates.
Her Republican opponent, state Sen. Peter Roskam, opposes using embryonic stem cells, arguing that scientific investigations using adult stem cells have yielded better results.
â€œIt is my intention to focus on this type of research in Congress which is producing results for Americans who are afflicted with these diseases,â€ the Wheaton resident said.
â€œWe cannot leave our moral obligations at the laboratory door and take one human life and cast it aside for the benefit of another.â€
Paperwork becomes an issue in the 17th.
The State Board of Elections’ list of latest candidate filings now includes Phil Hare in Congressional District 17.
No objection to the filing is listed, which I take to mean there hasn’t been one. (Some of the filings listed include a notation that an objection is pending.)
Meanwhile, the Federal Election Commission website does not list a Phil Hare campaign committee, which I take to mean he hasn’t yet filed organizational papers, which I further take to mean he hasn’t yet raised the $5,000 that triggers the requirement to file.
Hare has also been blasted for not properly reading the House rules.
This is a congressional elections open thread, but try to stick to Illinois races, please. Although, on a side note and completely off topic, I will say that Sen. Lieberman’s plight reminds me of Alan Dixon’s losing race in 1992. Dixon, you will recall, broke with party ranks one too many times when he voted to confirm Clarence Thomas and he lost the Democratic primary. The lesson there is, you have to win a primary before you can be crowned in the general. Dixon “voted like a Republican” and was sent to the private sector. Lieberman seems to have the same problem.