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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Post-election thoughts on the 17th

I'm reading this article in today's paper about ultra-conservative Bobby Schilling's defeat of Phil Hare:

Illinois tea party congressman sees challenges ahead
Schilling, 46, is among at least 30 tea party-affiliated candidates nationwide who campaigned on big promises of enforcing financial restraint in Washington and paring back President Barack Obama’s health care reforms.
But he admits it’ll be tough to get things done in Congress, given the divisive party politics and tensions between Republican leaders and tea party activists. He also acknowledged there could be consequences for not delivering, from the very supporters who put him in office.

As I'm reading along, I can't help but think these new Tea Party congresspersons are going to have the toughest job in Congress. Of anybody. Ever. And they're going to get it from all sides. And probably from within.

Schilling made a "contract" with the citizens of the 17th, which I'm copying here for future reference:

1. Bobby will not accept the 5-year congressional pension.
2. Bobby will not accept any congressional pay increases whatsoever. Any pay raises will be returned to a charity inside of the 17th district.
3. Bobby will not sign on to the congressional health care option.
4. Bobby will term limit himself to 8 years maximum in the House of Representatives.
5. Bobby will provide constituent services that are “second to none.”
6. Bobby will not vote in support of any bill that he has not read.
Bobby signed the contract in front of supporters on January 6th in Moline, IL.... (Copy.)

It's going to be very interesting to watch what happens in the next two years.

Posted by Marie at November 6, 2010 10:35 PM


Give him two comfy years in DC, and I'll bet he conveniently forgets all about any self-imposed term limits. It's always interesting to see challengers railing against the incumbent being a "professional politician", which makes me want to ask them exactly why, then, they're running for public office.

Posted by: Pete Anderson Author Profile Page at November 7, 2010 9:22 AM

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