Congressional Event at BU

By Junelly Gonzalez

College Republicans have been building an impressive list of guest speakers, with only being an active club at Benedictine University for about a year. The College Republicans and the local Republicans in DuPage County, gathered in Krasa ABC to hear Congressman, Peter Roskam of the 6th Congressional District, State Representative Darlene Senger of the 41st District, and Businessman, Vince Kolber on September 24.

Congressman Roskam currently serves in the U.S. House of Representatives as the Chief Deputy Whip and ranks fourth among Republican leadership in the House. This upcoming election he is running against Democratic incumbent Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. Representative Senger currently serves as a State Representative in the Naperville and Lisle area. She is hoping to make her way to U.S. House of Representatives by defeating her opponent, Democratic incumbent Congressmen Bill Foster. Vince Kolber currently serves as the Founder and Principal of RESIDCO, an investment management company. He is hoping to become the next U.S. Representative and replace current Democratic Congressman, Mike Quigley.

All three candidates were questioned on various topics such as the youth, God, and economical growth.

“The political world is nuts but it’s fun. This stuff bites you and when it does we love to have you guys [the youth] and you will feel the love if you ever volunteer,” said Representative Senger.

Businessman Kolber expressed how there are three areas in particular that need reform. He believes we need to concern ourselves with job loss and work towards job growth, we need to fix Obamacare because he believes it has an anti-job growth nature, and he thinks there needs to be immigration reform in the form of sealing borders and making a clear path to legal status for immigrants.

Questions about the economy were continued throughout the night.
“We need to change the tax code, get spending under control, and become energy independent,” said Congressman Roskam.

Businessman Kolber embraced a more progressive stance on religion when he was asked about God.

“We can decide to embrace God or not. In America, you have the freedom to choose with no difficult time given to you. That is what makes America the exceptional country that it is,” said Kolber.

Students involved with the College Republicans attended the event as well.

“I think it went very well, we had a decent crowd, and the candidates were able to give their opinions on a lot of different issues. Everyone was able to have a good time and we had great questions asked by the crowd,” said Andy Rainville, President of The College Republics.

The College Republicans have hosted various events in the past, which Rainville calls “a building block in the right direction.” The College Republicans have hosted standout politicians such as Congressman Joe Walsh, Lieutenant Governor candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti, Senator Mike Connelly, Secretary of State candidate Mike Webster, and State Representative Jeanne Ives. They are currently working on a trip to Chicago for a political networking event. If anyone is interested in joining the College Republicans, they have meetings the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:30p.m. -7:30p.m.