Sunday, December 04, 2005

The Sunday Cup Runneth Over

All kinds of interesting tidbits today, but in the interest of (my) time, I'll just throw a few of them out there for you to digest, and comment upon if you so choose.

We'll lead with Lynn Sweet, who has a piece about the letter Sen. Carol Ronen drafted in an attempt to have influential progressive signers urge Edwin Eisendrath not to enter the gubernatorial primary. Given the title "Pressure tactic to clear Dem primary field falls flat", I think you can gather how well this idea went over. The piece closed with this little zinger:
The penultimate paragraph of the letter to Eisendrath said, "We must continue the fight as a unified Democratic community for the values we hold dear with the distractions of a hopeless primary challenge."

Not so hopeless that it was not worth a try to bottle him up.
I had lunch with one of the more prominent people to receive the letter, and let's just say that the letter went over even worse than the column would lead you to think.

On an aside, I wonder it the commitment to "the values we hold dear" will keep Sen. Ronen and the other 'progressives' who actually did sign the letter from supporting very conservative candidates on the ticket. Or does will they decide that geopgraphy trumps principles when it's convenient?

Greg Hinz drives home why Judy Barr Topinka has her work cut out for her if she wants to go after the Governor based on the integrity of the administration.

But even Topinka-backer state Sen. Kirk Dillard, the DuPage County GOP chairman, last week said that "other people" on the 2006 GOP ticket will drive the ethics issue against the Democrats.

It shouldn't be that way. Ms. Topinka herself needs to prove that she's not just a get-along, go-along gal. She can start by moving away from Bob Kjellander, who has a stunning conflict in his twin roles as a lobbyist who has to butter up Democratic officials and a protector of GOP interests as the state's Republican national committeeman. Then she can propose and unite her party behind new ethics laws with teeth.

Ms. Topinka can't undo the past. But she needs to demonstrate the future will be different.

Bernie Schoenberg has a piece about Topinka's announcement in Springfield which includes this tidbit:
Hewitt Douglass, an employee of the Illinois Department of Human Services, is president of Local 2600 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

"I'm here to find out who is going to be the best candidate for governor," Douglass told me later. "And I like what I heard her say. ... I believe that she can beat Blagojevich."

I asked if Douglass thinks Gov. ROD BLAGOJEVICH should be defeated in 2006.

"I believe he should be beaten because he lied to me," Douglass said. "He said he would not balance the budget on the back of state employees. My pension money has been used for the next two years to balance the budget on the back of state employees.

From Doug Finke's Statehouse Insider column is this inexplicable quote from the Governor.

Coincidentally, earlier that day, Blagojevich made an appearance in Chicago along with Sen. MIGUEL DEL VALLE, D-Chicago.

"I'm so proud of the fact that (del Valle) lives just about a block and a half from the grade school that I went to and got Cs in," Blagojevich said.

Apparently, his academic mediocrity started at an early age.

I just don't know why the Governor insists on repeatedly going to the well with this line. The first time might have been kind of funny, but when you boast about gettting C's in Constitutional Law, then a federal judge tosses out your biggest-hyped initiative of the regular session (violent video games) on constitutional grounds, lines like this don't really go over as well.

Rich Miller's sydicated column last week about the vehemently anti-kitten Sen. Obama was actually hilarious, with just enough truth to make an elected official cringe. If you didn't see it, and want a quick chuckle, check it out.


At December 4, 2005 at 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To my Representative, I am reading the blog for the first time and just want to say how much I enjoy it. Thanks for taking the time to do this, we appreciate it.

At December 4, 2005 at 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very curious to know... who were the signators of the Ronen letter?

At December 4, 2005 at 5:32 PM, Blogger ndpotus said...

Rep Frichey,

How was Alexi Giannoulis' campaign announcement?

At December 4, 2005 at 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm very curious to know...who were the ones honest enough not to sign it?

At December 4, 2005 at 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also want to know about the Giannoulis announcement? Which elected officials were there? How many supporters? I can't find any media coverage of it.

At December 4, 2005 at 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I can't find any media coverage of it."
That should tell you how well the announcement was executed. Hardly any press even there. And I'm sure doing it in the middle of a Bears/Packers helped things-not. Even Boland's latest goofy bill idea gets airtime and this didn't. Guess they have nowhere to go but up.

At December 4, 2005 at 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found this link:

At December 4, 2005 at 8:28 PM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

Nick, I added you guys to the blog list on the right.

At December 4, 2005 at 8:39 PM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

At the announcement was Obama, Jackson Jr., me, Osterman, Robin Kelly, Mell, Flores, Hairston, Rugai, Brookins, O'Shea, Larry Rogers, Jr., I may be forgetting a couple of others, sorry. And a lot of friends and family.

Media coverage was light, but he will be doing a flyaround which may generate some additional future coverage.

This race won't be about either candidates' announcements, so I wouldn't read to much into it in any event. It will be an interesting one though.

At December 5, 2005 at 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Some of the people joining Giannoulis on the stage of the Hilton follow:

Father George Clements, U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. State Reps. John Fritchey and Harry Osterman State Senator Kwame Raoul, Chicago Aldermen Ringer Rugai, Leslie Hairston, Manny Flores, Gene Schulter, Dick Mell, McLean County Board Member Tari Renner of Bloomington, and 19th Ward Committeeman Matt O'Shea.

At December 5, 2005 at 8:34 AM, Blogger Angry Jolietan said...

Tari Renner? That's interesting. He ran & lost vs. Congressman Jerry Weller in 2004. Perhaps he is going to spearhead Alexi's efforts downstate?

At December 5, 2005 at 9:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At December 5, 2005 at 9:08 AM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

I deleted the last post, not because it insulted somebody, but because I couldn't even conceive of any plausible nexus it had to this thread, or any other actually.

At December 5, 2005 at 9:09 AM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

But you are right about Tawny Kitaen.

At December 5, 2005 at 10:39 AM, Blogger vikkitikkitavi said...

Either Ronan is a huge suck-up, or she thinks Eisendrath is a credible threat.

Which is it?

At December 5, 2005 at 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could be both.

At December 5, 2005 at 2:31 PM, Blogger ndpotus said...

Tari Renner's campaign manager Matt Glavin is now running Giannoulis' campaign...I just got back from the Bloomington annoucement and Tari gave a great introduction for Alexi...

Bring on the primary...


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