Foster's new ad focuses on his family and even includes his cheerful former wife.
But it excludes his new wife.
We in the 14th know nothing of his new wife, although speculation is she's a fellow Physicist from Brookhaven Labs on Long Island.
Foster's website shows the Congressman kicking $7.5 million in our tax dollars (or dollars borrowed from the Chinese; you pick) over to Brookhaven for neutrino research,
Funding Awarded to Fermilab: $60.2 million awarded to Fermi National Laboratory in Batavia for next-generation particle accelerator technologies and neutrino research. Of the $60.2 million, $52.7 million will go towards research on next-generation particle accelerator technologies using superconducting radio frequency technology. This technology provides a highly efficient way to accelerate beams of particles and has potential applications in medicine, energy, industry and material science. $7.5 million will be used for neutrino research at the intensity frontier in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory.That sounds like kicking it to family.
But then we don't know a whole heck of a lot about our Congressman's new family, and how that family's interests (or residence) compares to ours in the 14th district of Illinois.
Family man, right; but Family can mean a lot of things for us in Chicago.
Update: A reader points me to a Wapo story on Foster's new wife confirming the employment at Brookhaven Labs.
The other newlywed is Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), who won a special election last March to fill the remaining term of former House speaker Dennis Hastert and was reelected in November. Foster, 53, quietly remarried just after Thanksgiving.
The neophyte pol married fellow physicist Aesook Byon, who currently works for Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, N.Y. Byon and Foster met years ago while working at Fermilab, where the congressman was a physicist for 22 years.