Representative Jan Schakowsky hails from Illinois’ 9th Congressional District, where the answer to the above question has long been “yes.” Her district has been represented by a Democrat since Sidney Yates took office on January 3, 1949.
She’s a member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ hard left Progressive Caucus, and she drinks Left Wing Kool-Aid by the gallon. For example, she voted not to accept Ohio’s Electoral College votes in the 2004 Presidential election, and wants to tax your IRA and 401k retirement funds.
Does Jan Schakowsky support Obamacare? That’s putting it mildly. She wants a complete government takeover of your health care (even though she’s ignorant of the Obamacare bill’s contents). Despite her denials that this footage exists, here she is preaching the universal health care gospel:
She’s married to Robert Creamer, a convicted felon, disciple of Saul Alinsky, and author of the Democrat blueprint for enacting Obamacare. At her husband’s sentencing, Schakowsy announced that she was proud of Creamer:
She said she was proud that her husband “has for his entire adult life devoted himself to fighting for a better future for others — he has been a constant crusader for social and economic justice in this country and beyond.”
Schakowsky is so reflexively supportive of anyone with a pulse and a (D) tacked onto their last name that she gave $28,000 to disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Jan Schakowsky thinks Republicans are, like, crazy extremist nutballs because they, like, quote the Constitution and stuff. Because they’re rich people. Or something. Listen:
She’s so far out of the mainstream that even Alan Dershowitz thinks she’s loony:
The fact that this race is a possible upset is remarkable, given its voting history. Charles Cook rates the district Democrat +20, and incumbent Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky has not faced a serious challenger since she won the Democratic primary for the open seat in 1998. Schakowsky has many vulnerabilities: she is one of the most liberal members of the House and a close ally of Nancy Pelosi, a not very popular figure this election cycle. Schakowsky is a big fan of increased government spending, more federal regulatory control, and higher taxes, the three matches that have helped light the Tea Party fire around the country.
Schakowsky has never met a deficit she did not want to grow with more federal spending. She is closely associated with the very unpopular health care reform bill that passed in March 2010, for which a roadmap was written by her husband, Robert Creamer, while he was in jail for bank fraud in a check-kiting scheme involving a nonprofit advocacy group with which he worked.
Schakowsky has also been the darling of J-Street and one of the biggest, if not the biggest, recipient of campaign cash from the group’s Political Action Committee this year — almost $100,000. J-Street, a group that alleges that it is pro-Israel and pro-peace, suffered a huge blow this week when it became clear that it had been less than honest about the role of Israel-hating billionaire George Soros in financing the group. In reality, J-Street has played a different role — serving as a protector in the Jewish community for Barack Obama while he bashed and pressured Israel for much of his first two years in office. George Soros does not send any money to pro-Israel groups. In a district where 15% or more of the voters are Jewish, many of them observant, the connection to J-Street and Soros will not help Schakowsky.
Alan Dershowitz, a lifelong Democrat, came to Chicago and endorsed his former Harvard law student, calling him the best and brightest political talent he ever had in class. Pollak was the first Republican Dershowitz ever endorsed. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan came to Chicago for a big fundraiser with four hundred people to support Pollak. Many other prominent Democrats and independents have thrown their support to Pollak, who has raised far more money than any other challenger Schakowsky has faced. Pollak, who is now running his first cable TV ads, is an underdog, but one with a real shot if he continues to close the gap in the next five weeks.
Schakowsky is a proud supporter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a front group for Islamic terrorism. Created by its now-defunct parent organization The Islamic Organization for Palestine, CAIR and its founders/members share extensive links to the terrorist groups Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Holy Land Foundation, Lashkar-i-Taiba, and the Global Relief Foundation.
Want to anger Jan? Try suggesting to her that the government should monitor radical mosques and “peace activists” for evidence of links to terrorist organizations, and watch her demand a blindfold be put on the FBI:
Nancy Pelosi couldn’t ask for a better
pit bull defender than Jan Schakowsky, especially if desperation demands that she call for demonizing CIA counterterrorism efforts and divulging classified intelligence to blabbermouth politicians.
In 2004 Schakowsky gave the keynote address at the 46th Annual Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner, an annual celebration held by the Chicago chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America:
Until 1999, DSA hosted the website of the Progressive Caucus. Following a subsequent expose of the link between the two entities, the Progressive Caucus established its own website under the auspices of Congress. But DSA and the Progressive Caucus remain intimately linked. All 58 Progressive Caucus members also belong to DSA.
I’ve covered the U.S. House’s Progressive Caucus before, and examined its overlap with the so-called Populist Caucus. If the Progressive Caucus is Dr. Evil, the Populist Caucus is Mini-Me.
Another clip of Jan Schakowsky dodging questions about her radicalism, just last week:
She puts up a very smiley façade until an inquisitive questioner starts looking beneath the surface, doesn’t she? We who live in Ohio’s 13th Congressional District can breathe a sigh of relief, safe in the knowledge that nobody as loopy and extreme as Jan Schakowsky represents us: