Politics
3:21 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Schock Takes Criticism

Credit RepublicanConference

A conservative group is criticizing Illinois congressman Aaron Schock for his vote to end the government shutdown and extend the treasury’s borrowing authority. Even so, it does not appear he will be challenged in next year’s primary. Illinois Public Radio’s Scott Stuntz reports.

The group, Americans for Limited Government, issued a press release saying Schock now “shares in the blame” for the President’s health care law. Keith Boeckleman, chair of the political science department at Western Illinois University, says this is not the first time a conservative group has come out against Schock. The Club for Growth called for someone to run against Schock after last year’s debt ceiling fight…but with time running out, Boecklman says it doesn’t look like there are any takers. And even if a challenger did emerge, he says Schock is still a strong candidate. Boeckleman says primary challenges are more successful when there is low voter turnout and with a contested republican primary for governor, that is not likely to happen.