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Miss America Contestant are usually perceived as all beauty and no brains but former Miss America (2003), Erika Harold, is out to prove otherwise. The former beauty queen has entered her name in the race for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District Republican nominee.
When approached about what lead her to this decision and what she plans to do with this opportunity, Erika Harold said,“I view this primary process as being very healthful to the party because we will be able throughout the campaign to debate the issues that are important to the party.”
She also went on to comment on her challenger, Representative Rodney Davis. “I think he’s a good person, and that’s why I think in this case this can be a positive primary process where we can both make a positive case to the voters about why we can be a good representative,” she said.
This beauty queeen is 33 years old and a it might be hard for some to believe, but she is not new to politics. She was also a delegate to the 2004 Republican convention.
Harold took the step to announce her running in the race on Tuesday, and claims that her health law practice is what has given her a clear understanding of the problems in Obama’s health care policy, also known as Obamacare.
In an attempt to point out flaws in Obamacare she stated, “I have a client that is a hospital, and they were trying to figure out how the implementation of Obamacare would affect their ability to hire and what kind of services they can provide and what kind of penalties they would be subject to, and it was difficult to find the answer for them.”
Harold then continued by saying “There’s a great deal of uncertainty and oftentimes it makes hospitals and employers decide we just don’t want to hire because we just don’t want to deal with that.”
She isn’t a fan of many of the President’s policies, but she did make a point of paralleling her character to that of President Obama. “One of the things that people who make the comparison often say is that he and I both have an optimistic view of the country and people’s capacity to effect change, and I think that we do share that in common,” Harold said.
“I know that he has a background in organizing communities to affect issues, and I think that’s a very empowering way to organize people. And I think that sense of optimism is something people hopefully find appealing. And I also admire the fact that he seems like he’s a great father and I’ve found it heartwarming to see pictures of his daughters growing up. They’re great representatives of their generation.”
Do you think she would make a good representative for the Republican party, or do you think she’s out of her league?