CHAMPAIGN - Picked as one of The Daily Beast's nine women "remaking the GOP," 13th CD GOP candidate Erika Harold was listed as a party-changer along with national Republican stars such as New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefish and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi:
The Daily Beast wrote: "If a former Miss America and Harvard-trained lawyer doesn't get your attention, maybe the unmitigated crap this woman is taking from some of the men in her own party will reveal the tenacity she's using to unseat a fellow Republican in Illinois's 13th Congressional District. For having the gall -- some would call it courage -- to run against her party's establishment, Harold, 33, has been called Miss Queen, "a love chid," and "a streetwalker" whose "pimps are the Democrats" all by a local GOP chairman. A Weekly Standard article written to praise her for her very real political skills also noted with surprise that she "wasn't beauiful," and, "also, she was short." Memo to Republicans: just stop it. And let Harold help you help yourselves."