As we reported yesterday, Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Ill.) was the only member of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against congratulating the New Orleans Saints on their Super Bowl victory. Well, it turns out Johnson has an opponent vying for his 15th Congressional District seat in Illinois: Dr. David Gill, an E/R physician, a Democrat, and -- most important -- a good sport. In many ways. In many, many ways, as it turns out.
We put in a call to Dr. Gill yesterday to seek comment, and he got back to us today ... not because he was blowing us off, but because he had been working in the emergency room, heroically saving lives, instead of voting against the Saints on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Here is Dr. Gill's official statement on the Black and Gold Super Bowl victory:
I watched the game. Im a football nut, and the New Orleans Saints receive my heartiest congratulations. And kudos to Drew Brees! I used to watch him at Purdue.
Dr. Gill took the time for a brief interview about the differences between him and his opponent:
GAMBIT: When you are not busy heroically saving peoples lives, what other impressive feats do you perform that Rep. Tim Johnson does not?
GILL: Hmm. I still play a mean game of tennis. I dont know hes capable of that. I can play sports trivia like a champ. And I still read out loud every night to my youngest if I'm not working in the emergency room.
GAMBIT: That is so nice! Dr. Gill, several of our readers have suggested your opponent is -- and I quote -- a douche. Do you have any comment on that?
GILL: [laughing] Uh... I ... I can understand why theyd come up with that thought. I try to be more diplomatic about it. There are many people here in central illlnois who would agree with that.
GAMBIT: Thank you, sir. One last question: Is someone who doesnt congratulate the winners of the Super Bowl a filthy Communist, or simply un-American in his beliefs?
GILL: [laughing] I'll go with un-American.
Thank you, Dr. David Gill! To learn more about Dr. Gill and his platform, visit his Web site.
DR. DAVID GILL: HEROIC AMERICAN ... AND SAINTS FAN.