The Illinois 8th congressional district election of took place on November 7, , and was considered unusual in several ways. The two main candidates in the election for the United States House of Representatives were incumbent Melissa Bean of the Democratic Party and Republican Party candidate David McSweeney , joined by third-party candidate Bill Scheurer , running as a self-proclaimed "moderate. As the 8th congressional district, covering parts of McHenry County , Cook County and most of Lake County , is considered to lean conservative , the United States Republican Party targeted the district as a high priority for recapture in the elections. However, Bean defeated McSweeney by a nearly five percent margin during a national election which proved unfavorable to Republicans nationwide. The 8th congressional district of Illinois had long leaned toward the Republican Party, and was considered to be the most Republican-leaning congressional district in Illinois. As of , the district had been represented by Phil Crane for 33 years.
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Melissa Bean on the Issues
The Democrat from suburban Chicago is only in her third term, but she's the co-chair of the member New Democrat Coalition's financial services task force -- and financial reform doesn't go anywhere in the House without the support of New Dems. And when bank lobbyists want to stop them, they go to Bean as well. Why hasn't the overwhelmingly Democratic House -- and the House Financial Services Committee led by Barney Frank -- been able to pass a more aggressive financial regulatory reform package? As HuffPost has reported , a significant obstacle to progressive reform is that Bean and 15 other New Dems on the committee have effective veto power. For this, the most passionate backers of financial reform call Bean a bank lobbyists' stooge and "Wall Street's favorite Democrat.
2006 Illinois's 8th congressional district election
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What special interest groups say about a Member of Congress can tell voters a lot. The Palatine Tea Part y has found the ratings and released the results below:. Melissa Bean has touted government accountability, fiscal responsibility and tax relief. But does her record live up to her rhetoric? For starters, ignoring and avoiding her more conservative constituents.