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Ex-Ill. Rep. Schilling Mounts Historic Comeback Bid in Iowa

Former Republican Rep. Bobby Schilling
Former Republican Rep. Bobby Schilling (The Dispatch/Todd Mizener/AP)

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019 06:49 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In a move that is capturing the attention of conservative activists and political pundits nationwide, Illinois' former Republican Rep. Bobby Schilling recently announced he will attempt to return to Congress in 2020.

What makes Schilling's comeback intriguing and sure to draw national interest is that the former congressman and pizza parlor owner is running in Iowa's open 2nd District.

"I escaped Illinois and all its taxes and corruption," Schilling told Newsmax, noting he purchased property in Iowa in 2015 and has lived since 2017 in the district from which he is seeking a return to Congress.

During that time, he opened two new pizza parlors with the help of five of his 10 children.

Only once since the beginning of the 20th century has a congressman served from two different states: Republican Ed Foreman, who represented Texas from 1962-1964, moved to New Mexico, and represented that state from 1968-1970.

The historic nature of Schilling's candidacy notwithstanding, his campaign is sure to draw national press because of the striking contrast between himself and certain Democratic nominee and State Sen. Rita Hart.

Much like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.-N.Y., and the Squad in the House, the 63-year-old Hart takes decidedly left-of-center stands on virtually every issue — spending, healthcare, ("She'd nationalize it to the point it will write off charitable care," says Schilling), and immigration.

As the losing Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 2018, Schilling told us that Hart "championed abortion on demand and Planned Parenthood."

The pizza man Schilling, 55, came out of nowhere in 2010 and, riding the wave of the conservative Tea Party movement, unseated Democrat Rep. Phil Hare. Two years later, following Democratic-crafted redistricting, Schilling was unseated by Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos, who is now the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Schilling, who thinks President Donald Trump "is doing a fantastic job," may face a primary challenge from State Sen. Marianette Miller-Meeks, who waged three losing challenges to retiring Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack. But given her record of losses and Schilling's popularity with the conservative grassroots movement, the former congressman is the strong favorite for the nomination.

Although Loebsack almost always won Iowa's 2nd District handily, its heavily blue-collar counties helped Trump carry it comfortably in 2016. Given that the district is one of the handful of seats that could flip from Democrat to Republican and thus help Republicans recapture the House in 2020, its race for Congress is sure to be closely watched.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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