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Campaign Updates: Manzullo; Raja-Duckworth; Walsh; Nugent

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012

* Congressman Don Manzullo is doing his very best to use his incumbency and experience as an advantage oer Republican primary challenger and freshman Congressman Adam Kinzinger, including holding out the possibility that he is in line for a plum committee assignment, according to Chuck Sweeny

I asked Kinzinger, a freshman on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, why voters should choose him over Manzullo, who has 19 years of experience, including six years chairing the Small Business Subcommittee. Manzullo has a reputation as a relentless fighter for U.S. manufacturing.

“Don is going for his 21st year in Congress. He’s been a committee chairman, and usually after you’re a committee chairman you’re kind of in the wind-down part of that session,” Kinzinger said. “He’s maybe going to be there for another two or four years.”

But Rich Carter, Manzullo’s spokesman, said that should he win re-election, the veteran representative may become Foreign Affairs Committee chairman in the next Congress.

* Manzullo is also attempting to “prove” that he is by far the more conservative candidate in the primary. From a press release

An analysis of Congressional votes shows that U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-16) continued his strong conservative record of voting against wasteful Washington spending in 2011 while his opponent voted much more often for big government.

Manzullo, who maintains a lifetime 96 percent rating with the American Conservative Union, voted 79 more times to cut spending in 2011 than Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-11), who says he came to Washington in 2010 to cut spending. An analysis of all 949 roll call votes cast in 2011 shows Kinzinger voted to spend $209 billion more than Manzullo. Click here to view the full analysis. […]

Manzullo was recently endorsed by the Illinois Conservatives, a statewide organization of about 4,000 young conservatives under 35. He was endorsed last month by Family PAC-Federal, Illinois’ leading pro-family political action committee, and he is consistently recognized for his efforts to cut wasteful spending by many national conservative organizations.

Heritage Action, the sister organization of the conservative Heritage Foundation, shows a wide disparity in conservative rating in its Legislative Scorecard, with Manzullo receiving an 83 percent rating and Kinzinger receiving a 60 percent rating.

By the way, I checked the Illinois Conservatives’ Facebook page and website the other day and couldn’t find any explanation for how the endorsement was made. I was told by the leader of the group that ten board members took a vote.

* In other campaign news, the Illinois AFL-CIO decided today not to make an endorsement in the Democratic primary race between Tammy Duckworth and Raja Krishnamoorthi, according to the Krishnamoorthi campaign, who say they fell just a couple of votes shy of the nod. The Krishnamoorthi folks are portraying this endorsement fight as a national vs. local contest, and are basically saying that their local supporters were able to keep DC labor leaders from handing the nod to Duckworth.

* Indeed, the SEIU Illinois Council endorsed Democrat Duckworth’s congressional bid just this week

“The SEIU Illinois Council is proud to endorse Tammy Duckworth as the next Congresswoman from the 8th Congressional District and looks forward to working with her in advancing President Obama’s agenda for working families,” said Tom Balanoff, president of the SEIU Illinois Council.

“To have the endorsement of the SEIU Illinois Council is so significant and I am honored by it,” Duckworth said in response to the endorsement. “I look forward to working with SEIU to provide a better life for working families.”

Duckworth is running against Raja Krishnamoorthi for the Democratic nomination in the 8th congressional district. Krishnamoorthi announced the endorsement of State Sen. Michael Noland (D-22) of Elgin earlier today as well.

Duckworth was also endorsed today by Teamsters Joint Council 25, which represents 20 locals in the Chicago area.

* Meanwhile, Roll Call takes a look at Google’s “autocomplete” function and how it means that some politicians can’t get away from their pasts

And anyone looking for Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) will be reminded that he made headlines when his wife accused him of having unpaid child support.

* How the study was done

One of the difficulties in monitoring and potentially managing autocomplete is that Google provides different suggestions to different people. As a part of Google’s ongoing attempt to personalize its search tool, autocomplete provides suggested terms based on a number of factors, including the location of the user and the previous searches from that Google account, according to industry experts.

(To ensure the searches Roll Call did for this story would be a good indication of what most users would see while searching with the same term, the searches were conducted after clearing location information, Google account information and browsing history from the computer used.)

Rob Ousbey, vice president of operations at search engine optimization firm Distilled, explained that one important factor in autocomplete’s algorithm is the search terms being entered by others.

“The more people search for those things, the more likely they are to be suggested,” he said. Those suggestions are “a genuine reflection of what people have been interested in in the past,” he said.

* And Uncle Ted is making an appearance at the usually stodgy Sangamon County Lincoln Day Dinner

Singer, hunter and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent will keynote the Sangamon County GOP’s annual Lincoln Day event on Feb. 10, Sangamon County Republican Chairman Tony Libri said Monday.

The 108th annual event, which raises money for the local GOP will be held in the evening instead of the traditional mid-day. […]

Nugent is not expected to sing at the event, which will be held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Included are a private reception at 5 p.m., costing $100 per person or $150 per couple, and a dinner at 6 p.m. costing an additional $100 per person. […]

Libri said he’s familiar with the Nugent song “Cat Scratch Fever,” but doesn’t know much about him. However, he said, he’s hoping for a good turnout, and would be “very happy with 800 or more.”

That last quote shows you what sort of people run the GOP in Springfield. The party chairman knows Nugent’s biggest radio hit, but nothing else? Pretty weird.

* How about a little Tederick to end the post

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 12:33 pm:

    I still think Free for All is the Motor City Madman’s greatest hit, but maybe somebody should send Chairman Libri a copy of Wang Dang Sweet Poontang just for laughs.

  2. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 12:36 pm:

    This reminds me of the ILGOP inviting Alan Keys to be a Senate Nominee … “We heard of him, don’t know too much …” Gotta love the research.

  3. - Old Milwaukee - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 12:41 pm:

    Bravo, Rich. Stranglehold is Nugent’s best work. Isn’t Libri of the age that he should know some more Nugent that Cat Scratch Fever, which isn’t exactly a G rated song either.

  4. - CLJ - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 12:44 pm:

    The Springfield Republican Party on the Simpson’s led by Mr. Burns already had Ted Nugent in town on Sunday with Homer planing to endorse him as the “Gravy Boat Party” nominee for President. Awesome!

  5. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 12:48 pm:

    “What is really exciting is we are going to have someone at our Dinner who plays ‘the Rock and Roll’ and someone all the kids are crazy about. This ‘Rock and Roll’ is sweeping the nation and the Sangamon County GOP want to be ‘with that’. To be honest, I love that ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ song, and I have been known to even listen to Buddy Holly or Rickey Nelson, groups the kids go wild for now. Are we excited, golly, yes! As for the politics of Mr. Nugent, I am sure the mainstream GOP will ind it refreshing to hear one of the ‘Rock and Roller’ stars sing from ‘our’ GOP song book.”

  6. - OneMan - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 12:49 pm:

    Do a google search for Bill Foster his divorce shows up on autocomplete

  7. - OneMan - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 1:00 pm:

    If you are going to a GOP event with Ted Nugent to hear him sing you likely also go to Hooters just to get the wings to go.

  8. - MrJM - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 1:02 pm:

    I’m not saying it’s Ted Nugent’s greatest song, but his big hit with the Amboy Dukes certainly deserves to be the Republican Party’s 2012 theme song:

    Come along if you care
    Come along if you dare
    Take a ride to the land inside of your mind
    Beyond the seas of thought
    Beyond the realm of what
    Across the streams of hopes and dreams
    Where things are really not

    But please realize
    Youll probably be surprised
    For it’s the land unknown to man
    Where fantasy is fact
    So if you can, please understand
    You might not come back

    Testify, Teddy! Testify!

    – MrJM

  9. - northernIL - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 1:05 pm:

    Foreign Affairs Committee Chair?!?!

    There’s a committee that’ll help create jobs in Rockford.

    If you go to the west side of Rockford, you’ll know why his committee assignments aren’t helping his district all that much. I’m still waiting for the Dave Koehler Comeback. :)

    I suppose with the new map, he’ll be able to boast how well the Rockford area is doing on his side of the map (east side), compared to the whoever-wins 17th D side of the map (west side). Winning!

  10. - Randy White - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 1:15 pm:

    With all the big name help Duckworth is getting you’d think Raja wouldn’t be a factor. Why can’t Tammy close?

  11. - RMWStanford - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 1:27 pm:

    I might have to go to the Sangamon Lincoln day this year. OM is right stranglehold is his best song.

  12. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 1:30 pm:

    ===you’d think Raja wouldn’t be a factor===

    Only those who don’t know Raja would say something like that.

  13. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 1:31 pm:

    –Nugent is not expected to sing at the event,–

    Not even Wang Dang Sweet Poontang? That would get Irv Smith dancing in the aisles at the PCCC.

    The Nuge might not sing, but he’s quite capable of making news. Hard to believe no one at Old Abe’s home GOP vetted his past remarks.

    Hint: Much anger and violent imagery.

  14. - Cincinnatus - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 1:56 pm:


    It ain’t just a GOP problem, you know:

  15. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 2:07 pm:

    ==Nugent is not expected to sing at the event==

    Another indication they don’t know much about the Motor City Madman. Who cares if he sings; I’d want to hear him play.

  16. - zatoichi - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 2:09 pm:

    Can’t wait until Tedly pulls out the bow and the life size dummy targets. Have the GOP committee members actually listened to what he says during interviews? He is entertaining.

  17. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 2:11 pm:

    Maybe he’ll just give a reading of “Yank Me, Crank Me”

  18. - Tom - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 2:15 pm:

    I saw Theodore in concert back in the day at the Chicago Amphitheater. Once hell of a show. Never did know his politics back then. You suppose he comes swinging across the stage in a loincloth to start some of those old republican pacemakers? If I wasn’t such a dem, I’d go!

  19. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 2:16 pm:

    “….and Mr. Nugent will speak at that time.

    On the agenda after Mr. Nugent speaks, a showing of the Disney classic “Bambi” will be played during the dessert course”

  20. - Shore - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 2:19 pm:

    krisnamoorthi is like dan seals 2.0. Just can’t get what he needs to get over the hump. I am sure the moment the primary ends he’ll start running for rutherford’s job or topinka’s job or mark kirk’s job if he isn’t already.

    Kinzinger-manzullo reminds me a bit of obama-rush 2000 in the sense that you have the rising generation trying to move the current generation off center stage. This is a fairer fight, but you’ve got a similar dynamic going in old/young and the younger generation claiming its time for some new blood.

  21. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 2:20 pm:


    It ain’t just a GOP problem, you know:–

    LOL, Cincy, I don’t think it’s a problem at all — it’s funny. I know you heard Pavlov’s Bell ringing, but some things can be just for laughs, and not a part of the never-ending partisan Death March.

    But it could have been worse, you know. In 1955, at a command performance at the White House, Johnny Cash sang to Mamie Eisenhower that he “shot a man in Reno just to watch him die,” not to mention what he did to his woman after making the rounds and taking a shot of cocaine.

    And immediately after being knighted by QEII at Buckingham Palace, Sir Michael Jagger started rooster-walking and belting out “Some Girls.”

  22. - Cincinnatus - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 2:30 pm:

    Your partisan humor is lost on me, Wordslinger. It was not I that brought political parties into the discussion, it was you…

  23. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 2:38 pm:

    –Your partisan humor is lost on me, Wordslinger. It was not I that brought political parties into the discussion, it was you..–

    I don’t doubt it. The story is about the Sangamon County GOP, dude. They’re kind of a political party, in a way.

  24. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 2:43 pm:

    ===–Your partisan humor is lost on me, Wordslinger. It was not I that brought political parties into the discussion, it was you..–

    I don’t doubt it. The story is about the Sangamon County GOP, dude. They’re kind of a political party, in a way.===

    (Insert stock ‘GOP in IL are dopes’ joke here)

  25. - Dave V - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 2:49 pm:

    Nuge is pretty creepy to me. It’s always bothered me how with a little fame we can ignore some disturbing behavior.
    (I hate to use wikipedia but I’m not feeling like looking up something better and this is really well documented)
    In 1978, Nugent began a relationship with seventeen-year-old Hawaii native Pele Massa. Due to the age difference they could not marry so Nugent joined Massa’s parents in signing documents to make himself her legal guardian, an arrangement that Spin magazine ranked in October 2000 as #63 on their list of the “100 Sleaziest Moments in Rock”.[27][28]

  26. - Ahoy - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 2:50 pm:

    I think the Sangamon County GOP should have Googled Ted Nugent before they invited him to speak. He’s a tad over the top.

  27. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 @ 2:55 pm:

    I don’t think the Springfield GOP embodies the kind of GOP Ted is backing. Unless Ted’s got some kids who need jobs.

  28. - Fax - Wednesday, Jan 25, 12 @ 10:17 am:

    Das nenne ich mal einen Beitrag zum Thema Fax. Danke dafür und weiter so. Viele Grüße, Steffi.

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