March 23, 2005

Republican challenger emerges against Evans

Saying that incumbent U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, D-Ill., is out of step with the values of his congressional district, a 43-year-old commercial real estate developer from Rock Island said he will try to unseat the 12-term incumbent next year.

Jim Mowen, a founder of Davenport-based Premier Partners, said Tuesday that he will run in 2006 for the Republican nomination in the 17th Congressional District. A formal announcement is planned soon, he said.

(free Quad City Times link)


At 3/23/2005 7:24 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Mowen seems like a nice guy, but he has background issues that will surface should he make this race. One thing is for certain, Lane Evans' plays for keeps. Don't belive me --- ask Mark Baker.

At 3/23/2005 1:08 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thanks Usher...
The Dope knows precious little about this guy and will have to do a little homework.
But you are correct in that Evans' challengers have pretty much had their heads handed to them in the past.
Of course, Evans was always a bit fortunate in that his opponents were pretty weird. Baker being exhibit A. The Repubs thought they'd get on the pretty-boy telegenic bandwagon, but that wagon got stuck in the mud. The district doesn't seem to warm up to empty suits too well.

But they made the same mistake with Zinga. So..., it's either Evans' is just that good, or the Repubs are just that bad. Most likely a combination of the two.


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