HIGHLAND - State Rep. Mike Bost (R-Highland) is putting the pressure on Congressman Bill Enyart on several issues - from Enyart's mysterious absence from the public to his apparent abandonment of veterans - and Bost's strategy is appearing to be working. Three months out, the Cook Report changed their predictions on 21 Congressional races, and the 12th CD is one of them.
Cook Report is changing its 12th CD prediction from "Leans Democrat" to "Toss-up," and that is good news for Bost and it's making the National Republican Congressional Committee very happy.
“After being outraised by Mike Bost in the 2nd Quarter and showing signs of a struggling campaign operation, Congressman Bill Enyart is going into the final months of the election cycle looking weaker than ever," Katie Prill, NRCC Spokesperson told Illinois Review Friday.
"Shouldn’t be too surprising for Enyart seeing he hasn’t spent any time back in his district and has voted with Nancy Pelosi every step of the way in Congress.”
Enyart's lockstep voting with Nancy Pelosi is not setting well in the 12th CD. He's voting with the far Left on issues from Medicare funding to fracking - a topic that southern Illinoisans are counting on for economic recovery.
"Obama-Pelosi lapdog, Congressmen Bill Enyart has voted with the anti-American energy politicians more than 77% percent of the time and actually supported efforts to keep energy prices high," the Bost campaign said last week. "EPA regulations and burdensome permitting processes continue to stifle southern Illinois energy development."
Enyart is a first time Congressman, having succeeded retired Democrat Congressman Jerry Costello in 2013.