Lipinski the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican?

Obama has slot to fill and conservative Dem could be a fit

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By Bob Uphues

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The Chicago Tribune today has an article about who the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican might be, and suggests that U.S. Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D-3rd) might be a good candidate for the job. Not only that, Lipinski appears interested in the job.

Of course, that would create an opening in the U.S. House, which the Trib suggests might draw a serious Republican challenge. Has the Trib seen the Republican challengers in that district lately? What's more likely is that the opening would result in a weaker Democratic candidate, that is, someone vulnerable to disapproval among a socially conservative voting base. As long as Lipinski is the Democratic incumbent, he'll do well in that environment.

It'd be an interesting decision for Lipinski to have to make. He was handpicked for the job after his father, 11-term Congreesman William Lipinski, won the 2004 primary and then promptly retired. And in 2011 the boundaries of the 3rd District — which includes the very tip of Riverside (the part that juts just south of the Riverside Township border) and Brookfield south of Southview Avenue — were redrawn with Lipinski in mind. The remap was a way to attract the votes of social conservatives and keep the district in Democratic hands at the same time.

Taking Lipinski out of the equation could put that strategy at risk, politically speaking.

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Dr. X  

Posted: February 2nd, 2013 3:40 PM

Obama must really hate this guy , as his health care policy is forcing religious groups to go against their beliefs and pay for birth control and abortions. This congressman will probably have an exorcism performed on him.

Felix  

Posted: February 1st, 2013 12:08 PM

Walter is right??the Dems want him out of the House because he's a moderate. You hear the lefty loons in the media mafia carping about how "extreme" the Reflublicans have become and how the party is pushing all of the moderates out of the way. Same for the Demorats. You think the Pelosi, Schumer, Wasserman crowd wants a guy like Lipinski around? No way. Appoint him to a post and get him the hell out of the House.

Balance from Riverside  

Posted: January 21st, 2013 7:08 AM

Finally some 50/50 balance in the comment section.......a Hater and a Brown Noser.

Walter Lukitsh  

Posted: January 11th, 2013 12:04 PM

Great idea. This would get him out of the House of Representatives where he votes like a Republican but runs as a Democrat

Christopher FitzHenry Robling from Riverside, Illinois  

Posted: January 10th, 2013 9:47 PM

President Obama selecting Dan Lipinski for the Vatican would be a terrific day. Dan's shown his mettle and courage, one of the few to stand up to the Rahmbulator and flourish. For this alone he should be celebrated. Dan is a terrific person, a steadfast legislator and deeply serious enough to represent the President to the Vatican and vice versa.

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