Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Somebody, anybody?

So the first of two scheduled Democratic Party slating meetings was held this past Sunday and nobody stepped up to the plate in the Treasurer's race. I have had conversations with a couple of people who were mulling over a run, but I still think it's an interesting statement about our party that in a proverbial blue state, there is a dearth of candidates wanting to take a shot at picking up the only seat the Dems don't control. Under ordinary circumstances, you would think that somebody would at least be throwing their name out there.

I have my thoughts on the vacuum, and some of it is obviously related to potential candidates waiting to see what Edgar and Topinka are going to do, but I think that it would have been smart for somebody to get out front and say that they present a better alternative to any Republican candidate.

I'm curious about other people's thoughts on why, on the eve of the start of petition season, nobody has declared, and who people think should get into the race. I'm also curious to see what happens at the next slating meeting in Springfield.


At September 20, 2005 at 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why didn't you?

Those are probably the same reasons everyone else has.

And does the party have to control every office? I'm not sure I'd like that. The corruption level in Illinois is already completely out of control. Upsetting the balance of power further will in my opinion, hurt the state, its residents, and its tax base. There needs to be some checks and balances.

No offense to the Dems, I'd be saying things if the power structure was reversed.

At September 20, 2005 at 8:47 AM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

If you dig through my archives you'll find my reasons for not running which I posted a few weeks ago. Essentially, I don't think it's in the party's best interest to have yet another Chicago Democrat on the ticket. Plus, I don't know that this is the best time to be on a statewide ticket. And like you, I somewhat agree that it is good to have a mix in the Constitutional offices.

At September 20, 2005 at 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Judy would be very tough to beat -- that is why nobody want to run against her. If she jumps into the Gov or Lt. Gov race -- Maria Pappas and Jim Laski are the ones throwing their names around.

At September 20, 2005 at 11:35 AM, Anonymous IL Blue Dog said...

How the heck does being Chicago city clerk qualify you for running for treasurer? More importantly, does anybody see Laski as a credible campaigner other than on the NW side of Chicago? And Pappas, after that disaster of a Senate run? What's she going to run as, a brunette version of JBT?
Rep. Fritchey is right, we need somebody from OUTSIDE of Chicago.

At September 20, 2005 at 2:18 PM, Blogger JohnGalt said...

What job would prepeare you for state treasurer? Maybe a county treasurer? CFO of a private company?

Illini Pundit and Rich Miller are doing an excellent job documenting the lack of qualifications of Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Williams Burke. His appointment seems to smack of cronyism.

Rep. Fritchey spoke out against this practice on a national level in the Bush administration. Will he speak out against cronyism on the local level for this important job? What will he do to help stop it, to ensure Chicago/Cook County/Illinois does not suffer the same fate as New Orleans? I shudder to think of my neighbors crying because they have no food and can't get out of their houses because of a disaster.

I hope we can count on the same leadership from him on the local front that he was able to provide on the national front.

At September 20, 2005 at 9:07 PM, Anonymous pbj said...

The office is calling you.

At September 21, 2005 at 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think one of the main reasons that there weren't any Treasurer candidates at the Chicago slating meeting is because no one knew about it.

I have been involved in Democratic politics in Illinois for over 20 years and the first I heard of it was reading it in a newspaper one day before the meeting.


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