Especially for those readers in Chicago, take note that tomorrow is the Democratic Primary for IL-06, a race that has deservedly gotten a lot of press, and I've specifically and often praised the campaing of Lindy Scott as one to watch and support. If you live in IL-06 or have friends that do, please consider supporting Lindy.
Here are excerpts from a Feb article on his campaign from the Chicago Tribune...I think they well sum up what he has brought to this race:
If there's a stereotype of a Democrat politician--or any politician, for that matter--Lindy Scott does not fill the bill.
The trim, bearded Wheaton College professor, who's trying to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) in a west suburban congressional district, is the former pastor of a Des Plaines evangelical church and an eight-time Chicago Marathon runner.
For 16 years he taught in Mexico City, where he founded the Evangelical Free Church of Mexico, and he now teaches Spanish and the history of church-state relations in Latin America. His wife is Brazilian and their three children have tri-citizenships: the United States, Brazil and Mexico.
Though white evangelical Christians typically vote Republican, Scott says his faith led him to the other side of the aisle. "I cherish life, and life should be cherished across the board," Scott said, greeting students in the campus coffee shop with a friendly, "Hola!"
"The Democratic Party is closer to my ideals and others who are concerned for the poor, Social Security not getting privatized, no tax breaks for the wealthiest, concern for the environment. Along the whole spectrum, Democratic values are closer to my understanding of my religious beliefs.
"I'm solidly Democratic," he added. "But I'm also a unique Democrat."
That background is what Scott, 54, is hoping will help him stand out in a three-candidate 6th District Democratic primary where he is widely seen as the dark horse. The other candidates are Christine Cegelis, a Rolling Meadows businesswoman who ran against Hyde in 2004, and Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, an Iraq War veteran who has the support of the national party.
The winner will face state Sen. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) in November.
Scott argues he can attract moderates and turn out new voters--including Latinos--in a traditionally Republican, but changing, district. He has written several books about politics, foreign policy, social ethics and other policy issues.
He was moved to run for office the day after the 2004 presidential election. He was "saddened" that white evangelicals voted overwhelmingly for Bush, "mostly on the abortion issue, which [Bush] interpreted as a mandate on all of his policies, especially the war on Iraq..."
Scott's strategy involves expanding beyond the traditional Democratic base. He's received the endorsement of two Spanish-language newspapers. Students are walking precincts for him. And his Web site includes endorsements from more than 600 ordinary people.
"I think [my campaign] is tapping a chord of religious folk who don't like how religion has been hijacked by the far right," Scott said.
As part of an approach to "consistent across-the-board cherishing of life," Scott supports universal medical coverage and measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions. He opposes the death penalty and belongs to Democrats for Life. Although he described Roe vs. Wade as "established law," he supports parental notification for minors seeking abortions and promotes a series of proposals to make abortions rarer--including federal funding for day-care centers and insurance coverage for birth control.
"Sadly, most pro-life Republicans that I know are just pro-birth, not pro-life, because they don't care about the child or the mother after birth," he said. "How can you justify cutting [funding for] food stamps, how can you justify cutting school lunches, how can you justify cutting medical attention for children, how can you justify cutting Head Start programs, and say you're pro-life?"