* This email from GOP Sen. Jim Oberweis, who hopes to take on freshman Democratic US Rep. Rep. Lauren Underwood, has been going around lately, and it made me curious for obvious reasons…
I mean, was that even real?
* So, I reached out to the candidate…
The copy of the email is personal communication that referenced a larger discussion regarding the desirability of supporting female candidates in the Republican primary. I responded to an individual who was part of this larger discussion by pointing out the gender and racial diversity of the likely GOP slate for 2020.
As for my self-description as a “token white male,” it was intended to be ironic given the traditional demographics of Republican Party candidates, but, in hindsight, was a less than optimal choice of words. I apologize.
- Trapped in the 'burbs - Thursday, Jun 20, 19 @ 9:28 am:
As the son of an immigrant, I was deeply offended by his helicopter over Soldier Field commercial. Since then, he has proven over and over again how clueless he is. I wonder if he is a bad person or just aloof.
What’s wrong these people? And what is with purposefully misspelling the Senator’s last name? Is he trying to ban durs? He isn’t funny.
Also, the General Assembly was in session on May 22nd. He should have been working his real job instead of attempting to write clever e-mails.
- Trapped in the 'burbs - Thursday, Jun 20, 19 @ 9:30 am:
Someone should tell him that it’s Durbin not Durban.
- grand old non-partisan - Thursday, Jun 20, 19 @ 9:32 am:
I’ve never been a fan, but I give him credit for simply owning it and acknowledging it was a dumb thing to say instead of trying to twist it around and make himself out to be the victim somehow. Props??
I’m no fan of Obie, but at least he knows the meaning of the word “ironic,” unlike Alanis. Rain on your wedding day? That’s bad luck, not irony. (Sorry, I’ve been complaining about that song for 20 years now.)
==I’m no fan of Obie, but at least he knows the meaning of the word “ironic,” unlike Alanis. Rain on your wedding day? That’s bad luck, not irony. (Sorry, I’ve been complaining about that song for 20 years now.)==
That’s the brilliance of it–that’s why the song is ironic.
Sigh. He’s my state senator and I try to pry him loose from that office every chance I get. He’s SorryNotSorry too much of the time.
- Pot calling kettle - Thursday, Jun 20, 19 @ 11:32 am:
He certainly makes an impression. I was with a group of professional colleagues in Springfield talking to legislators in the Capitol. We stopped Sen. Oberweis for a quick chat in the rotunda. After that short discussion, my colleagues all stated they would no longer purchase anything with his name on it. I don’t think I’ve met another politician who could make that bad of an impression that quickly.
This kind of discombobulated dog whistle nonsense is beneath the office of a state senator. Maybe someday, the 25th District will get a Senator that represents everyone in it, and preferably one who doesn’t subscribe to this sort of outdated race-baiting identity politics hogwash.
Uggh. Obi-Wan Coneobi (see what I did there) is also my Sen. He pulls that ‘job creator’ cliche’ when you are sitting down to eat with the guy. It is not surprising how out-of-touch he truly is after five minutes within his presence. OTOH, I met Congresswoman Underwood a few weeks ago at her West Chicago open house. After a four minute conversation, you know she is an impressive individual and light-years beyond what Jim ever could be.