WBEZ | Loyalty Oath http://www.wbez.org/tags/loyalty-oath Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois pols swear they aren't communists http://www.wbez.org/story/loyaltyoath <p><p>Three quarters of the candidates in Illinois for the U.S. House have signed a loyalty oath to the United States. The optional form, submitted along with ballot paperwork, asks candidates to swear they're not communists.</p><p><strong>LOYALTY OATH:</strong> Read it (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-January/2012-01-23/loyalty.pdf">PDF</a>)</p><p>You can rest assured that candidates signing the oath don't plan to teach or advocate for the overthrow of the government, and that they're not affiliated with any communist groups or communist-front groups.</p><p>The oath used to be mandatory, but a federal court decision four decades ago made it optional. And while communism isn't much of a campaign topic these days, the loyalty oath is still popular.</p><p>The signees, according to the state election board, include 56 current candidates for Congress in Illinois, including all incumbents except for Bobby Rush and Jan Schakowsky.</p><p>"As a loyal American I did not submit a loyalty oath because it is an unconstitutional vestige of McCarthyism and a direct violation of the fundamental values that make America great," Schakowsky explained in a statement.</p><p>Three of Illinois' four state legislative leaders signed the loyalty oath, with Senate President John Cullerton the only exception.</p><p>A signed oath was included among the paperwork by two presidential candidates on the ballot in Illinois: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum. The others who filed - President Barack Obama, Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Louisiana Gov. Charles "Buddy" Roemer - did not turn in the loyalty oath.</p><p><strong>WHO SIGNED IT?</strong> Full list from election board (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-January/2012-01-23/Loyalty%20Oath%20signees.pdf">PDF</a>)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Illinois U.S. House District</th><th>Candidate</th><th>Loyalty Oath</th></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>* Bobby L. Rush (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Clifford M. Russell, Jr. (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Jordam Sims (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Fred Smith (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Raymond M. Lodato (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Harold L. Bailey (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Frederick Collins (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Donald E. Peloquin (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Jimmy Lee Tillman II (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>* Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>Deborah "Debbie" Halvorson (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>James H. Taylor, Sr. (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>Brian Woodworth (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>* Daniel William Lipinski (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>Farah Baqai (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>Arthur J. Jones (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>Richard L. Grabowski (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>Jim Falvey (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>4</td><td>* Luis V. Gutierrez (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>5</td><td>* Mike Quigley (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>5</td><td>Dan Schmitt (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>Leslie Coolidge (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>Geoffrey Petzel (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>Tim Ritter (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>Maureen E. Yates (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>* Peter J. Roskam (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>7</td><td>Jacques A. Conway (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>7</td><td>* Danny K. Davis (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>Raja Krishnamoorthi (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>Tammy Duckworth (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>Robert Gregory Canfield (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>Richard Evans (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>* Joe Walsh (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>* Janice D. Schakowsky (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>Simon Ribeiro (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>Timothy C. Wolfe (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>Susanne Atanus (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>Vivek Bavda (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>Brad Schneider (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>Ilya Sheyman (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>John Tree (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>Aloys Rutagwibira (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>* Robert Dold (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>Bill Foster (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>Jim Hickey (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>Juan Thomas (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>* Judy Biggert (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>John A. "Jack" Cunningham (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>Diane M. Harris (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Brad Harriman (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Christopher Miller (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Kenneth Charles Weizer (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Rodger Cook (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Jason Plummer (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Theresa Kormos (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Teri Newman (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>David M. Gill (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>Matthew J. Goetten (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>Michael Firsching (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>* Tim Johnson (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>Frank L. Metzger (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>Dennis Anderson (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>Jonathan Farnick (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>* Randy M. Hultgren (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>15</td><td>Angela Michael (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>15</td><td>* John M. Shumkus (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>16</td><td>* Adam Kinzinger (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>16</td><td>* Donald A. Manzullo (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>Greg Aguilar (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>Cheri Bustos (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>George Gaulrapp (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>* Bobby Schilling (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>Steve Waterworth (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>Matthew A. Woodmancy (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>* Aaron Schock (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>Darrel Miller (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr></tbody></table><p>(* indicates incumbent member of Congress)</p></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/loyaltyoath