Monday, March 06, 2006

Read Between the Lines

So the Tribune endorsed Ron Gidwitz in the upcoming Republican gubernatorial primary. And ordinarily, the Democrats might not pay that much attention to the endorsement, but those that read it got an eye-opening foreshadowing of what's coming down the pipe.

In the midst of the endorsement came these two shots across the bow:
In 2002, the Republican Party lost the governorship of Illinois in part because it didn't confront the depth of that anger. But after three years of a Democratic regime's insider deals, profiteering advisers and campaign lucre, it's clear Illinois merely changed channels: Dial out bribes-for-licenses, tune in pay-to-play...

Above all, come that general election, Republicans will need a candidate whom voters of all persuasions will trust to drain the moat of cronyism and self-dealing that isolates the domed Statehouse from 12 million Illinois citizens.
Now obviously, the paper leans Republican, but I think that there's more to it than just that. I think that the corruption, ethics, and pay-to-play issues are going to drown out most every other issue in the General Election.

Don't get me wrong, pension and fiscal stability issues are going to be in the mix as well, but it's looking like every time the current administration will try to focus on the items that should be paramount - education, healthcare, economic growth, etc., they are going to have difficulty breaking out of the black hole that is ethics reform.

Personally, I think that he would be wise, substantively and politically, to push for passage of HB4073 (Fritchey-Black) that addresses the pay-to-play issue. Obviously, he would be assailed as being reactionary, but he is easily skilled enough to turn it into a political plus with the public.

I think that doing nothing on the issue, as well as letting his own campaign reform initiative lay dormant, simply opens him up to more criticism, which judging from the Tribune editorial, is not what he needs right now.

6 Comments:

At March 6, 2006 at 4:51 AM, Anonymous southernilrepub said...

No, I don't want him to push for reform because that means a possible 4 more years of him as Governor which we can not take. Any current candidate with the exception of Oberweis is a better alternative to Blagojevich. If you want reform in Springfield, appoint a bipartisan commission of average citizens with little or no ties to the capitol. Those with their hands on the cookie jar, shouldn't be regulating themselves. Honestly, I don't know how much disclosure and ending of pay-to-play one can enforce. Legislation is more likely to force it to become even more secretive than it is now.

 
At March 6, 2006 at 8:57 AM, Blogger Kanyon21 said...

I have seen several Blaggie signs along the roadsides in Southern Illinois...my problem with it is his apparent catchphrase/slogan.

It goes along the lines of:
"Doing things for people"

What kind of a slogan is that? That is so vague, it could mean anything and probably many will question whether those "people" are involved in the corruption scandal.

If you could pick a slogan for yourself or Blaggie or any other candidate, what would it be?

 
At March 6, 2006 at 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Don't Get Caught'

 
At March 6, 2006 at 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He should copy the old Barbasol campaigns. First you see the billboard that says "Doing things for people", then the next sign says "That give me lots of money".

 
At March 6, 2006 at 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Governor has unfortunately put him self in a no-win situation. He should have acted on all of this stuff a year or two ago. Now he's stuck either way.

 
At March 6, 2006 at 10:14 PM, Blogger Rastaman2 said...

Hey, let's give him four more years. He deserves it, really, he does. Why should someone else be sitting in the govs office when everything blows up.

Wouldn't it be more fun to watch a sitting governor get indicted and have the budget mess of his making implode on him?

 

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