If GOP wants seat back, pick Lauzen

Published3/22/2008 12:15 AM

Many of those with political experience in the Fox Valley are working to analyze the results from our March 8 special election to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant by Dennis Hastert.

One thought offered, that GOP voters thought it was a done deal and stayed home, is wrong! Many who voted crossed the aisle. I did.


Jim Oberweis set the tone with his negative material. Many voters were put off by the aggressive ads. Bill Foster addressed people with some respect.

Look at election results from the February primary. State Sen. Chris Lauzen won Aurora districts by a 3 to 2 margin over Oberweis. This is the area where both candidates were best known.

Lauzen has a record of "service to constituents," while Oberweis is well-known (by his own admission) for dealing in the stock market. He has said, "I have 50,000 clients."

I do not see Oberweis as a winner in November. There's just not enough respect for constituents coming from his camp.

If the GOP has any thoughts of regaining the 14th District seat, it had better draft Chris Lauzen for the race. He knows how to work for constituents and his record proves it.

Ron Petrucci

St. Charles

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