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Jim Oberweis, others picked for NRCC’s “Young Guns” program

Friday, Aug 16, 2019

* NRCC

The National Republican Congressional Committee today announced the first round of “On the Radar” candidates as part of the Committee’s 2020 Young Guns program. The program mentors and supports candidates in races across the country and works to provide them with the necessary tools to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents.

“It’s clear the 2020 election will be a choice between two futures: a future of more freedom or government control,” said Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. “The new socialist Democrats are embracing policies that are in direct conflict with the needs and priorities of the American people: more taxes, more spending, more government, and less freedom. Simply put, this is theft.

“In stark contrast, Americans’ priorities are Republican priorities. This is why we are recruiting the best to compete in 2020 and I am proud to welcome each of these candidates to the Young Guns program. I remain focused on ensuring they have the resources they need to win, and I look forward to seeing them on the campaign trail over the next 14 months.”

* Candidate list for Illinois

(IL-06) Evelyn Sanguinetti
(IL-14) Ted Gradel
(IL-14) Jim Oberweis

A snub of state Sen. Sue Rezin in the 14th? Interesting. And 73-year-old Jim Oberweis is part of the “Young Guns” program?

…Adding… Candidates apparently needed to have $100K in the bank at the end of June, but Rezin didn’t announce until mid-July. The same goes for Jeanne Ives in the 6th CD.

* From Sanguinetti…

Today, Evelyn Sanguinetti, Republican candidate for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District, was named as one of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “On the Radar” candidates as part of the Committee’s 2020 Young Guns program. The program mentors and supports candidates in races across the country and works to provide them with the necessary tools to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents.

“Americans’ priorities are Republican priorities. This is why we are recruiting the best to compete in 2020 and I am proud to welcome each of these candidates to the Young Guns program,” said U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. “I remain focused on ensuring they have the resources they need to win, and I look forward to seeing them on the campaign trail over the next 14 months.”

“I am honored to receive this important recognition by the NRCC and I look forward to victory next November,” said Evelyn Sanguinetti. “This election is about beating Sean Casten to ensure our kids and grandkids have the chance to live the American dream. Socialism is not the answer. Sean Casten has consistently shown that he does not represent the interests of the 6th district, but rather the elite progressive donors and socialists he’s catered to since being elected to office.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

37 Comments
  1. - anon2 - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:06 pm:

    At 73, he is the future of the GOP.


  2. - Lt. Guv - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:06 pm:

    Only in the pool that is the Republican party would Oberweis be considered a “Young Gun.”


  3. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:08 pm:

    Jim Oberweis’ wife, a Florida resident, can’t vote for her husband…

    At 73, that’s a 23 year veteran of AARP.

    Slip and Sue? Must’ve got that “young guns” thingy by magic, LOL

    Slip and Sue and Oberweis… the comedy is too much.


  4. - Nearly Normal - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:11 pm:

    Need to see the dictionary that the NRCC used to define “young” for Oberweis. Using their definition almost makes me feel young again!


  5. - Truthiness - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:11 pm:

    Oberweis is the past, present, and future of the GOP in Illinois. After watching some of the speeches yesterday at the Republican County Chairs breakfast, the GOP of the suburbs are gone and the GOP of Trump loyalists is here to stay.


  6. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:11 pm:

    Oberwies checks all the right boxes: over 50, white, male, wealthy, the opposite of “woke,” unencumbered by reality…


  7. - Montrose - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:12 pm:

    If Oberweis is a Young Gun, the gun they are referring to must be a musket.


  8. - Candy Dogood - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:14 pm:

    ===Jim Oberweis is part of the “Young Guns” program?===

    With money you can buy flattery.


  9. - Wowzers - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:18 pm:

    Has Rezin actually formally announced yet? Might be waiting for her to hit benchmarks. Still early.


  10. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:19 pm:

    From loose cannon to young gun.


  11. - Iggy - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:20 pm:

    =Has Rezin actually formally announced yet=

    yes she formally announced recently.


  12. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:21 pm:

    Maybe his actual guns are young?


  13. - Moe Berg - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:22 pm:

    Great comedy. Bonus points for GOP keeping with “guns” when referring to what it believes to be its most promising candidates.

    2018 Republicans: Man, we got creamed in the burbs
    2020 Republicans: Hold our beer…


  14. - NoGifts - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:22 pm:

    I guess these days I’d recommend “rising stars” rather than guns.


  15. - Lord of the Fries - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:23 pm:

    Wow no Ives?? Not surprising that the NRCC would support the only candidate that has a shot in the general.


  16. - Will Caskey - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:25 pm:

    I seriously kind of appreciate the NRCC’s total dedication to words being absolutely meaningless. It’s been their paid media strategy for decades.


  17. - nickname here; comment below - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:25 pm:

    you’d think given all the GOP problems getting women into higher office, they’d make Rezin a priority in the 14th. curious to why she was excluded but some guy named Ted Gradel was included


  18. - Roadrager - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:27 pm:

    Jim Oberweis has been running for office since “Young Guns” was in theaters.


  19. - OneMan - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:28 pm:

    Sure why not, perhaps one of the less ludicris things to come out of the GOP the last few days.


  20. - Donnie Elgin - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:28 pm:

    Dude is young at heart; his family runs an ice cream company.


  21. - JS Mill - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:31 pm:

    =Socialism is not the answer. Sean Casten has consistently shown that he does not represent the interests of the 6th district, but rather the elite progressive donors and socialists he’s catered to since being elected to office.”=

    So she will propose ending social security?


  22. - Fav human - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:34 pm:

    I look at the list as a ” we can support them if they win the primary” list.

    Esp in the 14th that makes sense, even if the choices do not. But Gradel has a good story, ND football, biz, etc.


  23. - Paddyrollingstone - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:41 pm:

    Roadrager - Young Guns, the lousy movie, premiered in 1988.

    Well played, sir.


  24. - In 630 - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:45 pm:

    A young gun…if that gun is a musket.


  25. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:57 pm:

    To the addition, so the money has to be young…


  26. - Bruce (no not him) - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:59 pm:

    In my day, 73 wasn’t considered young. But now that I am getting older, 73 still isn’t young.


  27. - Southern Illinois Mayor - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 2:01 pm:

    No diving please. That end is rather shallow, really more of a wading pool.


  28. - Norseman - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 2:09 pm:

    === Jim Oberweis is part of the “Young Guns” program? ===

    (GIF of people laughing hysterically.)


  29. - Dance Band on the Titanic - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 2:17 pm:

    - Lord of the Fries - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 1:23 pm:
    Wow no Ives?? Not surprising that the NRCC would support the only candidate that has a shot in the general.

    Oh, has another viable candidate declared? Don’t see either of these two beating Casten.


  30. - Ned Nederlander - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 2:32 pm:

    “Young” gun Gradel played for Notre Dame in 1986…the same year Lauren Underwood was born.


  31. - In 630 - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 2:45 pm:

    Montrose beat me to the joke and I didn’t even catch it. Apologies.


  32. - Former Quigley Supporter - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 3:03 pm:

    I think it’s raised $100K, not $100K in the bank, because Sanguinetti did not have that much in the bank by the end of June, but she raised a little over $100K.

    Marter had just over a month to raise his money after his announcement. Rezin and Ives had not announced by June.


  33. - Candy Dogood - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 3:06 pm:

    ===I guess these days I’d recommend “rising stars” rather than guns.===

    A star so bright he blinded voters in a multiple failed state wide and congressional campaigns.


  34. - Former Quigley Supporter - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 3:06 pm:

    What I am looking for from Oberweis and Gradel are their Financial Disclosure reports, which should have been filed by now. Neither have filed for an extension yet, either.

    Oberweis has been a candidate for nearly 6 months, and Gradel for 3 1/2 months. There should be something on file with the House Clerk’s office by now, even a request for an extension.

    Sanguinetti’s is on file. Too early for Ives, and Rezin has an extension.

    We are watching.


  35. - Nick Name - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 3:18 pm:

    “Young guns”? In the era of bulletproof backpacks for school children, are they high?

    ===Socialism is not the answer===

    If she drives, she may not use socialist roads. If she walks, she may not use socialists sidewalks. And if she sues someone, she may not do so in socialist courts.

    Painting all Dems as socialists will backfire. But I repeat myself.


  36. - NoGifts - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 4:00 pm:

    ==Candy Dogwood== :) LOL


  37. - Amalia - Friday, Aug 16, 19 @ 4:20 pm:

    cannot wait for the “Young Guns” video. that’s doing to be Colbert worth.


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