Some conservative Republicans are worried that Erika Harold's decision to challenge Congressman Rodney Davis next year could hurt the party and its chances to retain the 13th Congressional District seat.
"Having just gone through my own primary, I'm not a big fan of primary elections," said state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, (photo right) a Davis supporter. "I would hope that (Harold) would run for lieutenant governor," he said. "I think that would project her into the political stratosphere. Primaries are enormously destructive forces. The Republican Party ought to be big enough for both of these people. They're both talented people."
Rep. Adam Brown, R-Champaign, (photo right) another Davis supporter, said he was "shocked" that Harold had decided to take on Davis. "I've been a strong support[er] of Rodney. He's a good friend of mine," said Brown.
Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, said "I don't understand why" Harold is challenging Davis. "Someone like Erika, with as much promise as she has in the Republican Party, why target a young congressman who has done what we asked him to do?"
"I think they're using her for revenge and that's sad because she has tremendous promise in this party, and how dare they use her leadership abilities and persona. She's just the kind of person that our party needs," McCarter said. "I'm a little shocked that a few disgruntled ex-party people would use her to advance their own careers."