Two days after he left office to resume running his family’s pizza parlor, former one-term Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.) has sparked speculation that he could make a return to Congress.
In a statement on his Facebook page, the conservative Schilling wrote “[t]o all the people who believed in me, trusted in me and were always there to lift me up, we did what NO ONE could do in 28 years and we can do it again.”
Schilling was referring, of course, to his dramatic upset in 2010. That year, the first-time candidate and father of 10 came out of nowhere to unseat three-term Democratic Rep. Phil Hare in a district that had not had a Republican congressman since 1982. Subsequent redistricting by the Democratic-controlled state legislature made the 17th District (Rock Island) more Democratic and enhanced the chances of unseating Schilling. Cheri Bustos defeated Schilling, 53 percent to 47 percent.
In his final vote in the House, Schilling opposed the fiscal cliff legislation backed by the Republican leadership.