Democrats take Hastert’s Congressional seat – in a red district

The Democrats were able to take former Dennis Hastert’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives tonight, in a red district! The victory by physicist Bill Foster (pictured above) is being hailed as a “major blow to the Republican Party.” Hastert was the former Speaker of the House.

“This means there’s not a district in America that’s safe for the Republicans,” said U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, wile at Foster’s victory party, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Republicans really blew this one when they recruited a wealthy dairy farmer to take on Foster. “Foster, an unusually qualified candidate with a Harvard degree and endorsements from 28 Nobel prize winners, was aided by the unpopularity — even among some Republicans — of his controversial opponent, ice cream and financial services guru Jim Oberweis.”

Interestingly, Foster campaigned on”a pledge to raise taxes on the top 1 percent to 2 percent of earners.” Oberweis then translated that in his commercials to “Foster planning to raise taxes on the middle class by $3,000 to $8,000 per family.” But the attack did not hurt Foster.

However, “Foster’s ads reminded voters that Oberweis — who campaigned on a very hard line against illegal immigrants — was found to have two working for a subcontractor at one of his ice cream shops.” (See picture above, which came from an Oberweis commercial).

So, just like the red-faced CA GOP, which we found out recently hired an illegal immigrant, Oberweis too turned out to be a hypocrite on immigration. And now he is the loser in what was a very hotly contested race.

Could Foster’s victory foreshadow what the Democrats are going to do to the Republicans in November? We might very well see a lot of Congressional seats go blue before this is all over.

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