Foster Endorsed by Lifetime Republican

[Update 2/14: “Campaign Physicist’s” get-out-the-vote (GOTV) “Turf-cutting Kit” from the Patrick Murphy for Congress campaign that Foster helped with (.pdf alert.) Also: looks like a Veterans for Foster group is forming. For more info, e-mail me at]

This story hasn’t come to DeKalb yet, so:

Lifelong Republican and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Don Cassiday stood alongside Foster at a news conference Monday at Foster’s Aurora campaign office to break ranks and endorse Foster.

“I think that Mr. Oberweis’ stand of continuing to support the Bush administration in Iraq is very unwise and I think the future of this country depends very heavily on our getting out of there,” said Cassiday, an Aurora resident. “That’s my reason for supporting Bill.”

Meanwhile, the Foster campaign released results of a poll of 525 “likely voters,” more of them Republican than not, which shows Oberweis ahead in the race 45%-43%.

That’s not a good sign for Obie, who has the greater name recognition in a district that leans Republican.

IMO Foster’s up to the challenge. He helped Rep. Patrick Murphy, the only Iraq War vet in Congress, to beat out a Republican incumbent in a squeaker of a race by first working each role on the campaign (one at a time, I assume) and then as a volunteer staff member in Rep. Murphy’s Congressional office for five months. This is a man who obviously revels in hard work and loves riding that first arc on a new learning curve.

The Foster campaign opens its third office this weekend at 326 E. State St. in Sycamore. It’s in that strip mall across from the hardware store that’s just before Brown’s if you’re heading east on Rt. 64. Stop in and say hello if you’re in the neighborhood–say, for Chinese food–especially if you’ve a yen for the phone-banking thing.