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State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) confirmed his interest in ousting Radogno from her leadership post after she failed to stave off a whopping five-seat loss for Republicans in the state Senate.
“If we were a competitive college sports team with a record like this, somebody would have been fired already,” McCarter told the Chicago Sun-Times.
McCarter’s criticism came the same day that a conservative political action committee, Family PAC, circulated a letter to each Republican state senator, urging Radogno’s ouster. […]
Radogno, whose caucus will drop in size from 24 to 19 members in January, defended her backing of all Republican Senate campaigns and dismissed Caprio as an “outlier” in a party that she said must be recalibrated after Tuesday’s outcome. She also took direct aim at McCarter.
“I’m not sure what we need now is an in-your-face, confrontational, white, downstate male. I love our downstate guys. I have a great relationship with them, and I’m not playing a gender card,” she told the Chicago Sun-Times.
“What I’m saying, as a practical matter, is that we need to change our image. Fairly or not, we’re perceived — and these aren’t my words, I’ve read it reported this way — as being the party of angry white men, and that’s not true by the way. The fact of the matter is perception is reality, and we need to deal with it,” she said. […]
[McCarter] also took issue with Radogno’s implication that the GOP would be best suited with a suburban woman, since Republicans across the board didn’t badly with women voters, particularly in the suburbs.
“If it’s all about doing better with women, having a woman in charge didn’t fix things Tuesday,” he said.
* Radogno’s team has attempted to put the losses into context by using data from past remap election results…
‘82 - Dem map — SGOP lost 3
‘92 - GOP map — SDems lost 4
‘02 - Dem map — SGOP lost 6
‘12 - Dem map - SGOP lost 5
That’s very true. Unfortunately for the Republicans, the last Democratic map was pretty darned good, so the SDems started this campaign cycle with 35 seats. They now have 40, which is unprecedented in modern times.
* Meanwhile, the SJ-R’s editorial board points out the obvious…
The financial titans of Chicago’s Loop; right-wing think tanks and advocacy groups; the state’s largest newspaper and Republicans, whose campaign message was “Fire (House Speaker Michael) Madigan,” took aim. They ripped the Democrats for passing an income tax increase in 2011 aimed at stabilizing the state’s finances and for failing to restructure the state’s pension systems to deal with $83 billion of debt.
The state’s voters brushed aside those arguments, giving Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, larger majorities than they already had.
Voters didn’t just snub the Republicans, they also turned their noses up at the Tribune. From a pal…
By my count, in the seven most competitive races for the Illinois Senate, only one Chicago Tribune-endorsed candidate won (Kotowski.) Most of these races occurred in areas where the Tribune used to be pretty influential.
Mother Trib did a little better in the Illinois House, but not much better. In what looks to me like the 17 most competitive races, Tribune-endorsed candidates won only six of the 17 contests. Also interesting that the day before the election they did special reminder endorsements of Tyson, Sweeney, Fee, Saviano, Sente, and Friedman — only Sente won.
I guess we shouldn’t pick on the Trib, newspaper endorsements have lost their influence everywhere. It’s just that the Trib editorial board always seems so sure of itself…never allowing for the possibility they might be a little bit wrong about something. That makes it kinda fun when they are wrong. I also felt like they lost a lot of credibility when they didn’t endorse Elaine Nekritz.
After what the Tribune did to Nekritz, I don’t know why anyone would ever again try to cultivate that editorial board. She was the lone Democratic vote against Madigan’s rules, is negotiating pension reforms and has always been independent-minded. She’s pretty much the poster child of the suburban Tribune Democrat, yet the Trib endorsed her Republican opponent.