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Speaker of the House Endorses Joan McCarthy Lasonde for Congress

Chicago Daily Observer 24 August 2016 5 Comments

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) endorsed Ninth District Congressional Candidate Joan McCarthy Lasonde today, citing her commitment to helping society’s most vulnerable.

“Joan believes in finding solutions to our nation’s problems, because she is results-oriented,” Ryan
said. “She has worked within her community to help those who are struggling – to positively impact
people’s lives. Her willingness to bridge differences and bring people together has made her effective in
her community. I am happy to endorse Joan McCarthy Lasonde for Illinois’ 9th Congressional District.”


As Speaker, Ryan authored A Better Way, a blueprint for restoring America’s economic growth,
fiscal footing, and culture of opportunity for all. Lasonde, a fiscal conservative, shares many of the
principles behind Ryan’s plan, especially the emphasis on lifting people out of poverty.

Lasonde is a longtime resident of Wilmette who has worked with several community groups to
help the most vulnerable. She and her husband are also DCFS-licensed foster parents to a 7-year-old girl.
Lasonde is challenging nine-term incumbent Jan Schakowsky.

“I am honored by Speaker Ryan’s endorsement,” Lasonde said. “As Congresswoman, I will work
with Speaker Ryan and other members of Congress from both parties to restore our economic strength
without leaving our most vulnerable behind.

“Speaker Ryan has proven his mettle as a leader throughout his career in Congress, including his
time as the Republican nominee for Vice President and in his first year as Speaker. I look forward to
casting my first vote in Congress for him as Speaker this January.”

Read more at Joan for Congress


  • Lisa Perez said:

    Good grief. She lost my vote

  • Maynard G. Keynes said:

    Ryan just won about 80% of the vote in the Wisconsin Primary, and is one of the leading votegetters in the Republican Party. Of course this endorsement wins Joan a lot more support from people who take the future of the United States seriously.

    Joan McCarthy Lasonde has shown herself to be a hardworking candidate with a support from all over her district.

    Go Joan!

  • Second the nomination said:

    Have someone who is actual sane in Congress makes Joan McCarthy Lasonde preferable to Marxist Jan Schakowsky.

    There is no comparison. Joan would be a great improvement.

  • Terry P. said:

    But she doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell; the 9th district is designed to be overwhelmingly Democrat, to keep Schakowsky in office forever. If Paul Ryan wants to help, better he should spend his time in districts that Republicans can actually win.

  • John Powers said:

    To get good candidates to run, we need the support from the Speaker on down. Speaker Ryan did the right thing here and should be congratulated.

    The 9th is only overwhelmingly Democrat because the Republicans wrote it off sometime ago. Now it is not written off.

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