Democrat Wins Seat Once Held by G.O.P. Speaker

Move over GOP House Members… “Stunning many who considered the district west of Chicago reliably Republican territory, Bill Foster, a physicist and Democrat, won a special election on Saturday to fill the Congressional seat that J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House, held for two decades.”

Mr. Foster’s success deeply disappointed Republicans, in part for its broader implications: the victory in this early race may buoy Democrats as they look ahead to a string of Republican retirements this fall.

Hastert’s district had once been “a Republican stronghold,” but today’s special election changed that:

Mr. Foster defeated James D. Oberweis, a dairy company owner, in a contest for the 14th Congressional district, a long swath that runs from the far western suburbs of Chicago nearly to the state’s Iowa border. He will fill the remaining months of Mr. Hastert’s term.

Mr. Foster won with 53 percent of the vote, while Mr. Oberweis had 47 percent, The Associated Press reported.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen said:

Despite spending 20 percent of … their cash on hand, the [National Republican Congressional Committee] was unable to hold a seat easily won by President Bush and held by Speaker Hastert for 20 years. Americans of all political stripes are rejecting Republicans’ divisive, status quo politics and turning to Democratic candidates for change.”

Stay tuned… If this is a “sign of things to come in the fall” we could be seeing a “a rash of retirements” in the coming weeks as more GOP members of the House jump ship leaving more GOP House seats up for grabs in November.

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3 Responses to Democrat Wins Seat Once Held by G.O.P. Speaker

  1. Did you see how that woman from the The Republic Party tried to spin her way out of this? Very humorous!

    Good soldier that he is, it’s inconceivable that Hastert foresaw anything but their guy holding that seat or he would have sat in it till the start of next term. And then the Party through major cash at the problem and still couldn’t pull it off.

    Yeah, I’d say that it doesn’t mean anything. Anything more than that there’s goind to be a complete wipeout of the right wing this year. Maybe even so bad that wingnut radio loses enough credibility to need to start doing layoffs. Their advertisers aren’t just looking for exposure. They want to be associated with the perception that they’re part of what’s happening in society, not part of what society has just repudiated.

    Yeah, it gets real ugly for those guys from here. Oh, and I wouldn’t read too little into the fact that McCain campaigned in a solidly Republic District and couldn’t get the folks to buy what he’s selling.

  2. john stone says:

    This makes me happy! I never did like Dennis and what he stands for. I hope this is a sign of things to come!

  3. John Stone: This time they couldn’t buy that seat, they couldn’t steal, and they sure as hell coukdn’t win it fair and square. I’d say that sounds like a problem over on the whole right hand side of things.