NAPERVILLE - Conservatives looking for good news after lots of discouraging headlines over the past few weeks - found some this week when a conservative running for Congress in Illinois' 11th CD was pushed to Republican National Congressional Committee's center stage.
Small business owner and DuPage County Board member Tonia Khouri was named one of 11 candidates nationally to achieve Young Gun status in a press release by the National Republican Congressional Committee this week. This marks a third and final stage in the Committee's Young Guns program, which aims to support challenger candidates in races nationwide.
"To reach the Young Guns stage of our committee's recruitment program, candidates must meet our high standards of achievement to ensure a path to victory on Election Day," said NRCC Chairman Greg Walden. "As a committee, we are working to help elect Republicans to maintain our record-breaking majority in the House of Representatives and further put into action our ideas that will build a more confident America. As the November elections approach, I am confident these candidates will continue to work hard for their communities and put America on a better path."
Since her primary victory in March, Khouri has wasted no time in challenging her opponent, Congressman Bill Foster, on what she sees as his failures while in office. Khouri publicly pointed out Foster's preference for divisive, partisan politics and his irresponsible votes on foreign policy action. Khouri also launched a 'Talk with Tonia' district listening tour.
"I am so glad people are recognizing how much we have accomplished on the campaign and how vulnerable Bill Foster is in what should be a safe seat for an incumbent," said Khouri. "We are working tirelessly to spread the message that Bill Foster has failed us in Congress, and I am confident that district residents will see I'm the right person to represent them in Washington."
While the 11th CD which includes portions of Cook, Du Page, Kane, Kendall and Will counties leans slightly Democrat, but Foster has been a steady far Left vote in the U.S. House and in a year of "throw the bums out," the 11th could be a net win for the Republicans with an energetic challenger in the mix.