Potential challenger wonders if U.S. Rep. Underwood puts constituents' best interests first
Illinois State Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) notes that since formally taking office earlier this year, Democratic U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (Naperville) has grown even more out of touch with her 14th Congressional District constituents.
“Since the first day she was elected, she has stood in support of Nancy Pelosi, voting for such legislation as lowering the voting age and eliminating the Electoral College,” Skillicorn told the Kane County Reporter. “She’s also found the time to defend an anti-Semite and take countless selfies with AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez). The working people of this district are not in tune with that.”
Underwood was recently on hand alongside Pelosi at the Chicago Hilton for a fundraiser hosted by U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky that drew a crowd of at least 3,000 and filled two ballrooms. Other Illinois lawmakers spotted at the event include U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos, Sean Casten, Bill Foster, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Robin Kelly, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Mike Quigley and Brad Schneider; Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, state Comptroller Susana Mendoza, state Treasurer Mike Frerichs and state Rep. Greg Harris.
Since arriving in Washington, freshman lawmaker Underwood has virtually become a fixture on the D.C. establishment scene, regularly attending glitzy fundraisers critics insist have come at the cost of her constituents.
“People from this area don’t support the policies of Nancy Pelosi,” Skillicorn added. “Her socialist views are definitely seen as extreme in these parts.”
Rumored to be a potential challenger to Underwood in 2020, Skillicorn said he will formally make his intentions known sometime next month.
“It’s something I’m still entertaining,” said Skillicorn, who would join a field that already includes state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove and former Notre Dame football player Ted Gradel.
Underwood defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren of Plano in the November midterm elections. The 14th district covers parts of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.