Former Trump administration adviser, 26-year-old Catalina Lauf, who is Latina is running for Congress in Illinois. She doesn’t explicitly announce herself as the Republican counterweight to Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who’s from New York.
Alternatively, Lauf, the daughter of a small-business owner and a legal Guatemalan foreigner, says her campaign to retake the state’s 14th Congressional District in 2020 is premised on unity and entrepreneurism. At the corresponding time, Lauf said, if voters want to draw correlations to Ocasio-Cortez, she’s not about to stop them.
Lauf told Fox News on Monday, “I’m not anti-anyone, I’m pro-America, But if there’s a difference” with Ocasio-Cortez, Lauf added, “it’s that I’m motivated by a love for my country, not hate for everything it stands for.” If elected, Lauf would become the youngest female ever elected to Congress, taking the mantle from Ocasio-Cortez. Wednesday, the former adviser to the Commerce Department submitted her declaration of candidacy and currently faces competition from many GOP opponents to represent the region, which lies at the outskirts of Chicago.
In a video posted to Twitter, Lauf said, “Someone like me doesn’t fit the mold. Nowadays, we’re told our skin color, our heritage, and gender determines who we are. If that’s the case, I would be impossible, but I’m not impossible. I’m a product of the American Dream.” Lauf’s start of her congressional bid is already bringing national media attention. Not only because of similarities to Ocasio-Cortez also, because she has become one of a tiny number of leading Republican Latinas to defend President Trump’s immigration systems.
Lauf said in an interview with “Fox & Friends, “He’s not a racist, referring to Trump this weekend. “People like my grandmother, my mom, and numerous other Hispanic-Americans who have come here legally feel so offended by that, because they did it the right way. And there’s a process for it. And you should be a law-abiding citizen. President Trump is giving his best to protect this country, and we should be pushing, enforcing immigration laws.”
While, in 2018 Democratic obligatory Lauren Underwood, who beat obligatory Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren by five percentage counts, has fiercely criticized the Trump administration’s migrant detention centers. Hultgren had been elected to represent the region from 2011 to 2019. His defeat to Underwood was described as a “stunning upset” by the Chicago Tribune.
Underwood ran chiefly on health care matters. According to the Tribune, she raised a higher amount than $4 million in donations that came mostly from people outside of Illinois. In her short tenure, Underwood has shifted hard to the left, leaving Republicans hopeful for a triumph. At a testy hearing in May, she affirmed to Kevin McAleenan, Homeland Security Secretary that youth deaths in the centers were apparently “intentional,” provoking McAleenan to call the accusation “appalling.”
Lauf, for her role, said Underwood’s claims are comparable to the “disgusting” actions in which national Democratic politicians have reviled federal agents. To deliver a Republican to the 14th Congressional District, Lauf said she would concentrate on talking to electors how “extremely liberal Lauren Underwood is,” as well as “her kind of sad attempts to be one of the AOC ‘Squad’ members.”
Lauf said, “I know the district is Republican by heart, and it should have never been lost.” Debating that a “small socialist-pushing fringe of the Democratic Party” has come to the office that does not express her constituents’ values. “I plan to offer a counter to that message, one that doesn’t tear others down, but lifts all of us,” she noted. “A message that concentrates on what brings us together, not our differences. How that commonality will assist us in getting things done for our constituents and preserve the promise of the American Dream.”
Partisanship, Lauf declared, has made even fundamental democratic conversations to state nothing of bipartisan decision-making more and more rare. Primarily on contentious problems like immigration improvement. “Any real leader would be willing to come to the table to talk about any issue with those on the other side,” Lauf noted. “That doesn’t mean we reach a compromise on everything, but right now Democrats like Lauren Underwood aren’t even having the conversation. I believe there are ways we can find common ground on issues like infrastructure and closing immigration loopholes.”
Asked to comment directly at Ocasio-Cortez and Underwood, Lauf doubled down on that theme. Lauf answered with, “United we stand, divided, we fall.”