* This is not good news for Republicans hoping to hold onto retiring Congressman Jerry Weller’s seat…
“I have done very little fundraising,” [GOP candidate Tim Baldermann] said. “It makes me sick to my stomach. My campaign people gave me a list of people who gave money to (Weller). I told them, ‘If you think I’m going to call somebody who’s never heard of me and ask for $2,300, that’s insane.’ I fight with them every single day over it.
“They wanted my Christmas card list. I’m not doing that stuff. I refuse to do it. The Republican Party wanted me to run; the Republican Party should help fund my campaign.”
So, he’s only gonna raise money from people he knows, except he won’t even do that? Yeah, that’ll work out well.
Campaigning is not a pretty business, but there are things that just have to be done unless you’re wealthy. Cold calls, putting the arm on friends and family are all necessary if you want to compete in a game where contributions are capped and the competition is stiff.
Debbie Halvorson and the Democrats must’ve smiled broadly when they read that passage. [See update below.]
* And then there’s this…
[Baldermann] stands by a 2006 vote while he was school board president that set in motion a salary adjustment affecting his wife. Megan Baldermann is principal at Nelson Ridge School.
I guess he has no choice but to stand by the vote now, but, that ain’t good either.
* Meanwhile, at the risk of losing my Sun-Times column, what the heck is this?
The Sun-Times Editorial Board asked candidates some less-serious questions on its endorsement forms. In response to a question about the best pair of shoes they ever owned, Seals listed Merrell clogs so old his wife wants to throw them out, and Footlik said, “You’re really asking a guy with the last name ‘Footlik’ what his favorite shoes are? Come on . . .”
Um… Oh, never mind.
* More congressional stuff from Paul…
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* Bean: ‘Economy again’ - Iraq war was ‘misread’ as lightning rod of 2006 election
* Congressional hopeful offers new name for King Day
* Catholic Schools To Be Honored by Lipinksi. This Reporter Is Not Happy
* Netroots hunt Lipinski
*** UPDATE *** A representative from Tim Baldermann’s campaign just called. I was assured that while Baldermann doesn’t love fundraising he is diligently making calls and doing what it takes.
Just thought I’d let you know.