GOP Plots Course to Retake Chicago Suburbs

Illinois Rep. Lauren Underwood had been fielding questions from a mostly friendly audience at a recent town hall when she was confronted with a challenge.

Which was worse, a man who identified himself as Robert from Woodstock, asked the freshman lawmaker — the yearbook photo showing her “Democratic colleague,” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, wearing blackface, or his position “in favor of infanticide?”

The question, captured on a Facebook Live broadcast, was a rare flash of hostility in a series of public events that Underwood and her fellow freshman Democrat Sean Casten have held together in recent weeks in neighboring districts in Chicago’s western suburbs that had been represented by Republicans for decades. It was also a reminder that some of their constituents view them as impostors.

Underwood and Casten — like many other Democrats who flipped suburban seats last fall — will be on the front lines of the Democrats’ fight to hold on to their House majority in 2020, and to reaffirm that the country’s suburbs are shifting to the left. Just a few months into their terms, the battle lines are already forming.

Read more at Roll Call.

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