From a NYT story on Illinois freshman Republican Bobby Schilling:
[…] He voted with his Republican colleagues to eliminate a $230 million federal grant to build an Amtrak line from Chicago to Iowa City, long coveted in the district.
After the vote, Mr. Schilling told local reporters that he actually supported the rail line and believed that the Senate would not allow the cut anyway. Mr. Schilling now says the rail project is good, just not now. “Right now it’s all about prioritizing,” he said.
In other words, he was for it when he voted against it. IL-17 is a D+3 district, so, yeah, he’s in trouble if he keeps up this lame-ass bullshit.
One of the factors that wasn’t mentioned in the Times’ article is that this is a redistricting year, so a few careful moves of district boundaries can make or break a one-term teabagger. For example, in NY-25, where Ann Marie Buerkle beat Dan Maffei, a little bit of redistricting plus better turnout could push her out of office. New York’s registration is trending Democratic and we’re losing seats, so I’m expecting Republicans to keep one safe district in western New York, and Maffei has a good chance of winning back his old seat in the new NY-25.
(That’s a NYT link and it’s the first day of the paywall, so let me know if you have problems with it.)