The presidential race promises to take up much of the political oxygen in 2020 but a Republican congressional candidate says electing her and a GOP House majority will help restore some sanity to the nation’s capital.
Former Illinois State Rep. Jeanne Ives is seeking the Republican nomination in her state’s sixth congressional district. The seat is currently held up Democratic Rep. Sean Casten, who defeated longtime GOP incumbent Peter Roskam in 2018.
Ives says Casten needs to go because instead to going to Washington to seek solutions to problems impacting his constituents, he’s become a cheerleader for impeachment. She also says Casten has practically become a member of “The Squad,” the name given to progressive lawmakers such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar.
“People need to understand: this is the most unreasonable, unserious Congress we’ve ever elected. Look, if they’re not trying to ban your red meat, they want to take away your red hat. I mean that’s where they are,” said Ives, in an interview with Radio America’s Greg Corombos.
Ives points to the push for a Green New Deal as another example of House Democrats, including Casten, losing touch with reality.
“Really? You think the world is coming to an end in ten or maybe it’s twelve years? And now you want to rearrange the entire economic engine of not only the State of Illinois but the entire United States because you don’t believe in fossil fuels? These people are crazy,” said Ives.
Listen to the full podcast to learn what issues matter most to Ives and how she would chart a different course in Washington. She also explains how her ability to get things done while vastly outnumbered by Democrats in the Illinois legislature proves she can get things done in Congress as well.