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GOP Pickup Likely in Ill-17

GOP Pickup Likely in Ill-17
Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

By Friday, 30 April 2021 09:13 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Republicans in Illinois and Washington, D.C., closed the week on a happy note, as Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos announced late Friday her retirement in Illinois' 17th District (Quad Cities).

All political eyes were immediately on Republican Esther Joy King, U.S. Army officer and tax attorney, who came close (52 to 48 percent) to denying Bustos a fifth term.

Many Prairie State political observers believe that Bustos’ position as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) left her vulnerable to King’s spirited attacks that the congresswoman was out of touch with the 17th District.

But obervers also agree that the Democrats’ $3 million spending in the twilight of the campaign to just over $300,000 by King was enough to put Bustos over the top.

A few hours after Bustos’ surprise announcement, King told reporters she would run again in ’22 ''because I know that the residents of this district deserve so much better than what the liberal elites have been serving them up in Washington.''

The conservative King could not resist one final whack at Bustos, pointing out she ''clearly saw what we’re seeing every day: [the 17th District] was going to make a change in 2022 and Cheri was destined to lose.''

East Moline insurance executive Charles Helmick is already in the Republican primary, although King remains the favorite from her near-triumph two years ago.

The unexpected timing of Bustos’ exit has left area Democrats scrambling for a new standard-bearer.  According to the Quad-City Times, ''Rock Island County Democratic Party Chair Derek Jones declined to name any potential Democratic candidates at this time.''

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

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Republicans in Illinois and Washington, D.C., closed the week on a happy note, as Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos announced late Friday her retirement in Illinois' 17th District (Quad Cities). All political eyes were immediately on Republican Esther Joy King, U.S. Army officer...
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