Habeeb: Wassink doesn't have necessary support

Habeeb: Wassink doesn't have necessary support

The chairman of the Champaign County Republican Party says he doesn't know how many ballots it will take to choose a nominee to replace Urbana Congressman Tim Johnson on the November ballot.

Chairman Habeeb Habeeb says that he thinks the selection will be narrowed down to three of the four finalists.  Those three include Johnson's former Chief of Staff Jerry Clarke, Rodney Davis, who works for Congressman John Shimkus, and Chicago lawyer and former Miss America Erika Harold, an Urbana native.

Habeeb thinks Kathy Wassink of Shipman, who heads up a company that provides services to children with disabilities, does not have as much support as the others.

GOP leaders in the 14 counties in the new 13th Congressional District will meet Saturday to make their selection.

Habeeb made the comments Wednesday on the NewsTalk 1400 WDWS Morning Show.  Click here to listen to the full interview with Habeeb.


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Sid Saltfork wrote on May 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Nice of him to say that before this weekend's behind-the-door vote. 

uhs1980 wrote on May 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I'm not surprised by his comments, and trying to manipulate the outcome after what he did to Stephanie Holderfield. I don't believe I will be voting for any Republican from this area until they replace Habeeb!


johnny wrote on May 17, 2012 at 2:05 am

The candidates have no control over that.

Mark Taylor wrote on May 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm

The Ford County Republicans are THE ONLY REAL REPUBLICANS WHO ARE NOT RHINOS IN THE AREA. They had the moxie to endorse Santorum and his calls to prohibit abortion and birth control -- the only Biblically justifiable stance on these two issues: total bans. PERIOD!!

The Champaign Republicans are get along to go along communistical country club sell outs. RON PAUL IS THE ONLY HOPE TO SAVE THE GOP. The state GOP conventions in Arizona and Oklahoma are just the beginning. PAUL IN TAMPA -- BROKER THAT CONVENTION!!

rainhorizon wrote on May 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

A total ban on birth control?  In this day and age I cannot believe anyone would honestly advocate for such a thing.  It is this kind of hyperpolitical, pseudo-religious, counterintuitive nonsense that makes me wonder where in the world the GOP is headed. 

Sid Saltfork wrote on May 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Don't take him serious.  He plays Steven Colbert all the time to get people confused.  Just go along with the joke.

Mark Taylor wrote on May 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm

This is Rick Santorum's position and look at how much support he got. We've almost banned abortion in a lot of states and we're just one supreme court justice away from finally overturning Roe v Wade. 

rsp wrote on May 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

And that's why people don't know whether to take it seriously or not. People have given up a lot of rights that way, thinking it wasn't too serious or didn't affect them. 

areader wrote on May 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm

After what I've seen the Republicans "pull" the past few months, I'll NEVER vote Republican again--  too many "back room" meetings"!  What a disgrace to the party!