Thursday, May 12, 2005

Roskam to announce for 6th CD

This just in. Peter Roskam’s 6th Cong. Dist. exploratory team has advised that State Senator Peter Roskam [R- Wheaton] will formally announce this coming Monday morning at 10:00 am at an event in Glen Ellyn that he is running in the Republican Primary for the 6th Congressional District seat held for the last 31 years by Congressman Henry Hyde [R- Addison]. Hyde, 81, who won the seat in the otherwise dismal, for Republicans, Watergate year of 1974, announced last month that he would not seek another term, at which time Senator Roskam announced that he would consider running [See here].Of course, the surprise was that the twelve year state legislator, Peter Roskam, did not declare his candidacy then and there.

The press notice of Roskam’s Monday announcement noted that Senator Roskam served, in the 1980s, on the staff of Cong. Hyde and Cong. Delay. Although the prior work for the currently beleaguered Majority Leader Tom Delay was apparently not substantial and has been discussed by Roskam previously with the press, it does seem odd for the Roskam Team to bring it up again—as it almost invites questions on Monday on what has to be considered a less than upbeat subject.

Senator Roskam had built up endorsements contingent on Cong. Hyde’s decision not to run [See here], and became the strong favorite for the Republican nomination earlier this year when State Sen. Cronin [R- Lombard] let it be known that he would not run due to his affection for his family. Or, so he essentially said. That whole episode was odd in that reliable sources had Senator Cronin practically measuring for drapes when he was in Washington, DC in January for Speaker Dennis Hastert's swearing in.

With apparently no other strong, male contenders in the race [See here], it is questionable whether Senator Carol Pankau [R- Bloomingdale], a less conservative Republican than Senator Roskam, will get into the race. But, see Larry Handlin’s [Archpundit] link to Roll Call’s description of State Senator Pankau’s perhaps timely visit to Washington, DC this morning to test the waters, as she apparently looked with glee at the prospect of “more gentlemen,” as she put it, entering the race.

Finally, State Senator Roskam may have pulled a bit of a political faux pas by upstaging Cong. Kirk’s [R- Highland Park, 10th CD] and Cong. Biggert’s [R- Hinsdale, 13th CD; and Biggert has already endorsed Roskam for the 6th CD] previously scheduled media availability [9:30 am] and hearing [10:00 am] on Stem Cell Research for this coming Monday morning at the Dirksen Federal Building in the Loop. Cong. Schwarz (R- Michigan) is also participating in the Stem Cell research event]. Indeed, if nothing else, this conflict in scheduling may highlight that Sen. Roskam is at odds on embryonic stem cell research with two of the Republican U. S. Reps who Roskam would like to join in the Illinois congressional delegation.
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