Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Oberweis has responded to criticism about his spending the final week before the March 18 primary in Florida, rather than Illinois. He plans to be at the condo he owns in Florida until March 14.
In an emailed statement, Oberweis indicated he's already looking beyond March 18 to the November election against Durbin.
"It is certainly no secret that in a highly contested U.S. Senate race in one of America's most populous states, I will be expected to travel quite a bit over the next six months, mostly inside Illinois but occasionally outside Illinois, to meet with contributors and to attend fundraising events," Oberweis said.
"I have currently traveled to Florida for two reasons. First, to fulfill a promise to my wife to spend a few days with her in Florida for her birthday, and second, to raise money for my U.S. Senate race."
Doug Truax, Oberweis' opponent, said Oberweis' actions show he's unelectable.
"We need a warrior to take on Durbin, not a timid snowbird," Truax said.