SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Personal PAC unleashed just in time for Theis surge

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012

* Carol Marin looks at the contested Supreme Court primary and yesterday’s federal judicial decision striking down some of the state’s regulations on independent expenditures

Abortion is front and center in the Illinois Supreme Court race thanks to a federal court ruling Tuesday that gave the bipartisan, pro-choice Personal PAC a giant victory. And opened the way for unlimited fund-raising for pro-choice candidates.

That kindles a firefight over the open seat on the March 20 primary ballot. Some background:

Candidate Mary Jane Theis — an incumbent, appointed Supreme Court justice — has attracted the most money, $1,141,385.36, and endorsements from the Democratic Party and Rahm Emanuel. But, until a recent TV ad blitz, she’s been a virtual unknown.

Opponent Aurelia Pucinski, an appellate court justice, has the least — $33,529.68, but huge name recognition.

The mailer, while silent on Theis’ stand on abortion, lists endorsements by pro-choice organizations along with the highest endorsements by bar associations.

Pucinski plans a news conference Wednesday to address the Personal Pac issue. A Pucinski spokesman responded to the mailing by reiterating the ethical canon that judges may not assert a position on issues that may come before them.

Subscribers saw the mailer yesterday.

* Meanwhile, Theis’ big TV ad buy is pushing up her poll numbers, and the Personal PAC mail will only help that effort

Theis leads Pucinski 29 percent to 25 percent in the poll of 400 likely Democratic voters. With a margin-of-error of 5 percentage points, that means a statistical dead-heat.

Pucinski has a name Cook County voters have come to know over the half a century that Aurelia Pucinski and, before her, her father, U.S. Rep. Roman Pucinski, spent in elected office.

Theis has a name most voters could not even pronounce (It’s pronounced TICE, rhyming with “rice.”) a month ago though she has been a judge 28 years.

In a poll Feb. 6-8, Pucinski had 32 percent of the vote; attorney Thomas Flannigan had 13 percent; Appellate Justice Joy Cunningham had 12 percent and Theis — who has served on the high court by appointment for the past year ­— brought up the rear with 7 percent.

Just a month later, in a poll conducted March 11-12, Theis now leads with 29 percent. Pucinski is four points behind at 25 percent. Cunningham has 13 percent. And Flannigan has 11 percent.

Theis’s campaign commissioned both of the polls, which were conducted by GBA Strategies.

What has happened between the two surveys is close to half-a-million dollars of television commercials boosting Theis.

Theis’s name recognition now stands at 45 percent, compared to 60 percent who recognize Pucinski’s name and 26 percent who recognize Cunningham’s name, according to the poll.

Cunningham, who would be the first African-American woman on the high court, has had a more limited television presence.

* Related…

* ADDED: Supreme Court to hear Batavia online scam case: The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in a fraud lawsuit against a Batavia woman who is accused of conducting an elaborate, 18-month online hoax to make a California woman believe that a firefighter she’d met in a chat room and fallen in love with had died.

* Federal judge throws out part of Illinois campaign finance law: But the watchdog group that helped establish the state campaign-finance law said Aspen’s ruling would bring “super PACs” to Illinois. “As we have already seen at the federal level, super PACs open the door to a risk of corruption by allowing enormous donations from one contributor to be dedicated to the candidate of their choosing,” said David Morrison, deputy director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

* Illinois Supreme Court Candidate Forum

* Hines: Supreme Court candidates on recusal

* Judge Aurelia Pucinski is interviewed for Public Affairs TV

* Duking it out for an Illinois Supreme Court seat

- Posted by Rich Miller        


8 Comments
  1. - ZC - Wednesday, Mar 14, 12 @ 11:02 am:

    So I guess the next question is, whom will MJM appoint to be the head of “Illinois Dem SuperPAC,” which will (if the current rules hold up) emerge to be the unofficial arm of House leadership spending? It would need to be someone who is completely in tune with and loyal to MJM’s thinking and extremely knowledgeable about statewide races.


  2. - train111 - Wednesday, Mar 14, 12 @ 11:49 am:

    Wasting absolutely no time, Personal PAC has already filed a D-1 form with the Elections Board to set up its “independent committee”

    train111


  3. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Mar 14, 12 @ 12:05 pm:

    Wow. I thought Theis was a shoe-in. Seems it closer than I thought.


  4. - mark walker - Wednesday, Mar 14, 12 @ 2:10 pm:

    Theis is much better qualified. Thank goodness she is closing the gap on name recognition.


  5. - Anonymour - Wednesday, Mar 14, 12 @ 2:20 pm:

    The Supreme Court race gets the headlines, and many people have an idea which candidate is which.

    The other judicial races in Cook County get no headlines, and nobody except the precinct captain, some lawyers, and a few cranks, I mean educated voters, have any idea which candidate is which.

    What a rotten system.


  6. - mokenavince - Wednesday, Mar 14, 12 @ 3:03 pm:

    We should have a merit system and appoint judges.
    The way it is now we get he best money can buy.
    Agreed the system is rotten. I think I’m going Golfing.


  7. - sal-says - Wednesday, Mar 14, 12 @ 3:34 pm:

    All the 1%ers and higher should be thanking multiple court systems each and every day for allowing them to buy, or attempt to buy, elections at any level; state, national, whatever.

    Yup. A large corporation; super pacs; and any foreign entities with an ax to grind really should be treated as -one-single-individual- to participate in (or attempt to purchase) any USA election with any level of spending.

    So much for ‘…and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth’.

    Large corporations; super pacs; and foreign entities ain’t ‘people’.

    Swell.


  8. - Right - Friday, Mar 16, 12 @ 1:23 am:

    Theis is a joke. No ethics in this campaign. One of Emmanuels puppets.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* CUB Poll: 84% Oppose Exelon Bailout - Solar Poll: 81% Oppose Demand Charges
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - New cable TV buys and fundraiser calendar
* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 - Friends of the Parks responds *** Lucas pulls plug on museum
* "Dead. Yes, dead."
* Radogno shares some deets on stopgap, blames Chicago for holdup
* Maybe this will convince Democrats to cut a deal?
* Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
* Another way Chicago is behind the times
* More on that Cullerton meeting
* Creating a workaround for new CPS debt?
* Settlement talks in Duckworth case "initiated by the judge"
* Hostage dies
* Close on 6-month stopgap, not there yet on K-12
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* Galaxy Note7 confirmed as device name, Samsung does indeed skip a number
* Incipio will purchase Skullcandy for $177 million
* Okay, we’ve seen this vivo X7 Plus before…
* Windows 10 Mobile also headed for AT&T Lumia 1520
* Google Support app may let Nexuses screen-share for assistance
* Future Apple Watch may ditch OLED for micro-LED display
* Nexus 5X discounts keep on, dollar by dollar

* White Sox hold on after big hit from Frazier
* Minor leg soreness keeps Abreu out of lineup
* White Sox sign top Draft pick Collins
* White Sox sign top Draft pick Collins
* Hahn hopes White Sox positioned as buyers
* Minor leg soreness keeps Abreu out of lineup
* Surgery a possibility for reliever Putnam

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Rauner signs ID law making Illinois comply with.....
* Letter: To fix Illinois, impeach Rauner, vote o.....
* Governor Rauner Tours Tornado Damage In Pontiac.....
* Rauner signs ID law making Illinois comply with.....


* US Rep. Duckworth settles workplace retaliation lawsuit
* Chicago police arrest teen in slaying of city dispatcher
* Lucas abandons plan to build museum in Chicago after lawsuit
* Illinois women hit hard by state budget impasse
* 17 calves die when semi overturns on Illinois interstate
* Illinois windfall from license plate late fees exceeds $5M
* Illinois to get $17 million for HIV assistance programs
* Dick Van Dyke visits Illinois hometown, starting foundation
* EXCHANGE: Toddler has right stuff to become sensation
* 'West Wing chicken' dish wins Peoria girl White House trip

* Illinois women hit hard by state budget impasse
* Survey: Nearly 1 million human service clients affected by budget impasse
* Illinois lawmakers to reconvene Wednesday as budget deadline nears
* Illinois State Museum given path to accreditation
* Illinois insurance co-op sues feds over health law payments
* Gun bill at Illinois Capitol gets support from Rifle Association
* Budget standoff forces layoffs at Illinois child aid group
* Rochester dipping into reserves to fund next school year
* Chicago-to-Moline passenger rail project resurrected
* Mental health provider closing due to no Illinois budget

* Redistricting reform won't save Illinois
* Here are the Illinois stocks hammered—and helped—by Brexit vote
* Lucas pulls the plug on Chicago museum
* Sanders says he'll vote for Clinton
* Illinois more than doubles its take in license plate late fees


* Few know extremes like Blackhawks’ Kane
* Police: 2 dead, 6 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings
* Kane, Rose delighted us together, but great stories do end
* Police: Man shot to death in Auburn Gresham
* Police warn of gas station thefts in Auburn Gresham
* Dear Abby: Friend talks of nothing but his sexual ‘theology’
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for June 25, 2016
* Man wounded in Austin shooting
* Robertson pitches out of jam, Sox grind out 3-2 win over Jays
* Contreras pumps ‘oxygen’ into injury-depleted Cubs


* Old East Aurora High School stadium to get rousing farewell party
* Can Bulls fans trust a plan executed by GM so many find hard to believe?
* Confident Giants move past Cubs as National League's hottest team
* 23 dead in West Virginia floods; search and rescue continues
* Pro-European Union Scots, Northern Irish eye UK escape after Brexit vote
* Texas mother fatally shoots 2 daughters; police shoot and kill her
* Resurgent White Sox grind out 3-2 victory over Blue Jays
* The Brexit King of Britain
* Cubs' Willson Contreras commands attention everywhere
* Rookie Willson Contreras' clutch hitting helps Cubs snap losing streak


* Dr. Rebecca Green: When will the gun madness end?
* Charles Krauthammer: Clinton offers empty rhetoric
* Illinois women hit hard by state budget impasse
* Patrick M. Twomey: Don't let schools be pawns in budget battle
* Survey: Nearly 1 million human service clients affected by budget impasse
* Illinois lawmakers to reconvene Wednesday as budget deadline nears
* Illinois State Museum given path to accreditation
* Illinois insurance co-op sues feds over health law payments
* Gun bill at Illinois Capitol gets support from Rifle Association
* Budget standoff forces layoffs at Illinois child aid group


* Hester moving on from radio
* Trailblazer's Rodeo
* Benefit set for Tuesday for family of motorcycle crash victim
* Services at Alpha Park Library are not expected to be disrupted
* UI roundup: Danielson sparks U.S. effort
* A look back at the 2001 football team
* 'I never got this kind of applause in high school'
* Nottingham to play hoops for father
* Dick Van Dyke Welcome Home
* (No heading)


* Chicago Blackhawks trade Shaw to Canadiens
* Crowds, tight security expected for Cincinnati pride parade
* Pope prays at Armenia memorial after denouncing 'genocide'
* Frazier, Chicago White Sox continue to find in win over Jays
* Contreras helps Cubs end 4-game skid by beating Marlins 5-4

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Illinois to get $17 million for HIV assist......

* Workplace retaliation suit against Tammy D......
* Workplace retaliation suit against Tammy D......
* Workplace retaliation suit against Tammy D......

* Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep – Part 275
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* Who deserves the political blows in upcoming Tammy Duckworth trial?
* Ridesharing
* The PI Week In Review
* Illinois Immigration Reform Advocates Vow To Press On After Supreme Court's Split Vote On Executive Orders (VIDEO)
* Pentagon To Lift Ban On Transgender Service Members On July 1
* Cartoon of the Day - 6/23/16 Guns in Chicago
* Kirk Touts His Anti-Trump Stance In New TV Ad (VIDEO)
* Cartoon Of The Day


* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact




Hosted by MCS -- CapitolFax.com Privacy Policy -- SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax -- Advertise Here -- Mobile Version -- Contact Rich Miller