WASHINGTON (Heartland Newsfeed) — In a news release made Tuesday afternoon by the Democratic Congressional Candidate Committee (DCCC), they called for Republican U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (IL-13) to refuse any kind of financial help from the Republican National Committee (RNC).
Noted in the release was the RNC’s actions Monday night to re-enter the special election for U.S. Senate in Alabama after withdrawing financial support for Republican candidate Roy Moore three weeks prior. Moore has been accused by multiple women over the past month citing sexual assault and dating underage teenagers when he was serving as a district attorney. As a result of the RNC choosing to endorse and support a candidate with such allegations, the DCCC is calling for Davis to disavow the party and refuse their assistance in 2018.
“A few weeks ago, Davis said Moore’s actions had ‘no place in the Senate‘,” said DCCC spokesperson Jacob Peters. “Now that the RNC has decided to re-invest in Moore’s race, Rep. Davis must refuse the support of the Republican National Committee in 2018.”
Peters noted that any organization that spends money on child molesters have no business spending money in Illinois and that Davis needs to do the right thing now or explain to voters later why standing with Washington Republicans is more important than standing up to a child molester.
Most of these allegations against Moore are well outside of the legal statute of limitations, so any legal action would be based in the court of public opinion, but it doesn’t make it any less inappropriate.
Davis, a Taylorville native, is running unopposed in the March 20 primary. A pending five-way Democratic primary will be taking place between Springfield residents Angel Sides and Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, Edwardsville resident Erik Jones, Urbana resident Jon Ebel and Bloomington doctor David Gill, who is running for the Democratic nomination for the sixth time. His 2012 race against Davis was the closest in the modern history of the current 13th Congressional District, decided by 1,002 votes, while independent candidate John Hartman took 7.2% of the vote.
Gill had intended on running for the seat in 2014, but was appointed by then-Gov. Patrick Quinn to the post of assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. There was a considerable ballot access battle in 2016, where Gill didn’t file the required number of signatures and was disqualified from the primary, resulting in Mark Wicklund getting the Democratic nod. An attempt to run as an independent would result in failure after the Illinois State Board of Elections chose to rule against Gill, citing the same decision as the primary. Wicklund would lose to Davis by nearly 20% last fall.
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