-By Jon Zahm
(Originally posted at The Race for Congress in Illinois’ New 13th.)
Erika Harold, the former 2003 Miss America, is, by all accounts, an impressive young woman and a real conservative.
But here are some problems…
Erika has never won an election at any level
She lives in Chicago and has done so for years
She has taken up being a lawyer. We have plenty of lawyers in Congress already
She has not helped others get elected to office in the 13th District since at least 2004
Growing up in Urbana and graduating from U of I are good qualities. Being a minority woman is a plus.
But I don’t see Erika Harold as a real strong candidate for this office at this time.
Becky Doyle, the former Illinois Ag Director, is said to be interested too.
Her farm background is a positive but she has no conservative bona fides that I have found yet. Her close association with moderate Jim Edgar is a concern. Also problematic is that she, like other appointment contender Rodney Davis, lost a State Rep. election to Democrat Gary Hannig. An electoral success record is one of the major factors I am looking for. I have to wonder if the establishment is pushing Macoupin County resident Doyle to distract conservative leader Terri Koyne, who is the Macoupin County Republican Chairman.
Many conservative eyes are still looking toward Senator Sam McCann of Carlinville, who is at work in Springfield this week, and retired Senator Duane Noland of Decatur.