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Candidate Gradel calls out opponent Underwood for 'pandering to the most radical' Democrats


By Glenn Minnis | Nov 9, 2019

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Naperville) | twitter.com/repunderwood

Illinois Republican congressional candidate Ted Gradel is blasting U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood’s (D-Naperville) vote to pursue impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump as a pure “power grab.”

"As AOC’s (U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York) silent partner, Lauren Underwood proves time and time again that she is concerned only with advancing her own political career by pandering to the most radical members of her own party,” Gradel, who is challenging Underwood in the 14th District next November, said in a press release. “This impeachment probe is rooted in the very partisan divide that hard-working Americans are tired of. They want members of Congress who will work to solve the real issues that affect real Americans, not play political games.”

A former Notre Dame football star, Gradel launched his campaign last month on a platform of fiscal responsibility.

Illinois Republican congressional candidate Ted Gradel

“I am prepared to go to Congress to work for the people of our community and the good of our country,” Gradel said.

A small business owner, Gradel was recently pegged as an “On the Radar” candidate by the National Republican Congressional Committee as part of its 2020 Young Guns program.

Gradel is part of a Republican primary field that also includes state Sens. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) and Sue Rezin (R-Morris) and former Kendall County Republican Party Chairman James Marter.

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