In 2010, when the Tea Party-driven GOP wrested the House majority from Democrats, Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-IL) became the first Republican elected to his Illinois seat in almost 30 years. During the campaign for his second term, Schilling could not resist adding to the chorus of Republican conspiracy theories. Asked by a Republican volunteer if he thought Obama had campaigned in 2008 with a strategy to “make America fail,” Schilling responded, ” “A lot of people think this is being done on purpose.” In November, Schilling lost his seat to Democratic challenger Cheri Bustos.
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