SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Walsh to run against Hultgren?

Monday, Jan 7, 2013

* I’m hearing this as well about Joe Walsh

Probably more credible, though, is persistent buzz that Mr. Walsh will focus on regaining his congressional seat — not against Ms. Duckworth, whose district now is reliably Democratic, but by running in a primary against Republican Randy Hultgren in the adjoining 14th District.

Whatever happens, I don’t expect him to go away.

* Meanwhile, Rep. Mell told me essentially the same thing yesterday after session ended

State Rep. Deborah Mell, the daughter of Chicago Ald. Richard Mell (33rd), soft-pedaled the possibility of assuming her father’s seat on the City Council but stopped well short of ruling out that possibility Sunday.

In her first extended public statements on the issue, the two-term state representative insisted that “nothing is going on”surrounding a potential move to the City Council and said she would weigh her options when — and if — her father decides to step down.

“When the time comes, we’ll deal with it then. But I love my community. I would love to represent it either way,” Mell told the Chicago Sun-Times after the Illinois House adjourned for the day Sunday. […]

Emanuel acknowledged that he had talked to the alderman about his plan to retire, but they haven’t yet discussed his apparent political plan for his daughter. […]

“I think the mayor said it really correctly where my dad’s been retiring for quite awhile now,” she said. “I don’t know what he would do, you know, if he wasn’t an alderman. I mean, I think he loves it. So I don’t know. And about me, I don’t know.”

* In other news

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s departing top political hand has landed himself a new gig — with a GOP-leaning firm that’s looking to widen its reach and become one of the city’s top public affairs shops.

Tom Bowen is joining Mac Strategies Group Inc. as a senior adviser. He served as deputy campaign manager for Mr. Emanuel and ran the mayor’s Chicago Committee leadership PAC. He’s also worked for former U.S. Senate hopeful Alexi Giannoulias and Barack Obama — the latter both as a state senator and as a candidate for president.

In an interview, Mr. Bowen said his new job will be to help interest groups and companies tell their story in an effective manner.

“In the business world, you’re not electing someone but looking to get a bill passed in Chicago or Springfield or Washington,” he said. “You need to get your message out.”

I introduced Bowen to Ryan McLaughlin at a party. This is not your usual pairing, but I think they’ll be a good fit, and both of them are top notch dudes.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


15 Comments
  1. - Fed up - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 11:06 am:

    The grand cook county tradition of not letting the little people (voters) deceide who represents them is alive and well.


  2. - walkinfool - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 11:07 am:

    As you’ve noted, Walsh keeps pointing at the Governor’s seat in local town halls. Maybe he’s just fishing.


  3. - Wallendar - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 11:41 am:

    I love those tea party folks. Hate government so much - can’t wait to get back to it.
    The Dems should do what Claire McCaskill did in Missouri - fund his campaigns whenever he runs! Will surely lead to them picking up another seat.


  4. - Oh Yeah - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 11:54 am:

    So does this put the stop to the prior buzz about Bowen leaving Rahm to help run an effort or candidate to challenge Quinn in the primary?


  5. - Sir Reel - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 12:02 pm:

    After he lost his seat, a reporter asked Walsh what were his plans and he said, “find a job.”

    I think that sums up his interest in Congress. Where else can he make that much money for that little real work. Plus he’s the darling of the Tea Party and Fox News et al.

    He’ll keep trying to find someone he can knock off because he now he knows what a sweet gig it is.


  6. - John Galt - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 12:44 pm:

    ===
    So does this put the stop to the prior buzz about Bowen leaving Rahm to help run an effort or candidate to challenge Quinn in the primary?
    ===

    Nothing stops a more moderate pro business anti-Quinn from hiring Mac Strategies for the 2014 Dem Primary.

    Mac Strategies people were behind the McKenna/Murphy push in 2010, but it isn’t exactly like McKenna/Murphy were hard core Tea Partiers.

    In fact, I’m not sure how this would work RE: trust and conflict of interest issues, but if Mac Strategies farmed out staff to help w/ a Bill Daley-style run for governor, could another part of the staff be farmed out to another GOP race (like Comptroller or Treasurer) as well? Chinese firewalls can work in some circumstances.


  7. - Rahm's Parking Meter - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 2:33 pm:

    Wait, Tom Bowen said he wasn’t going to be a lobbyist when he left the Mayor’s political office.

    From Crain’s Chicago Business Weekly - “Mr. Bowen, 33, tells me he’s interested in some mix of politics and government, but won’t become a lobbyist.” http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/article/20121128/BLOGS02/121129831/top-emanuel-political-aide-bowen-moving-on

    Why the change of mind, Tom?


  8. - yinn - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 2:40 pm:

    Bowen headed up Bill Foster’s first congressional campaign, didn’t he. Agreed - top notch.


  9. - The Captain - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 2:45 pm:

    Uh, are there really people who don’t understand the difference between a PR person and a lobbyist?


  10. - Rahm's Parking Meter - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 2:57 pm:

    Aren’t interest groups interested in lobbying?


  11. - The Captain - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 3:02 pm:

    Yeah and they hire lobbyists for that, for press they hire PR firms.


  12. - Adam Smith - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 4:12 pm:

    Joe Walsh is divine retribution for the GOP.

    The truly sad thing is that Hultgren is a hard-core, God-fearing Conservative across the board. His failing in the eyes of the far-right (I don’t say Tea Party because the real Tea Party quasi-libertarians have been hijacked by social conservative extremists) is that he does not froth at the mouth and hurl invective towards everyone who disagrees with him.


  13. - Anonymous - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 6:27 pm:

    =Uh, are there really people who don’t understand the difference between a PR person and a lobbyist? =

    Is that a trick question, Captain?


  14. - spintreebob - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 8:33 pm:

    Hultgren would crush Walsh in a primary. Walsh knew this in 2011, which is why he chose not to run against Hultgren.

    Walsh can win next time in many districts if he (and his supporters) can learn from his tactical mistakes in 2012. Ad hominem does not work for him. Articulate the issues. When not on the issues, schmooze; don’t attack.


  15. - Really? - Tuesday, Jan 8, 13 @ 11:18 am:

    The facts in the Crain’s article are incorrect.

    Ryan McLaughlin only ran the Roskam campaign briefly in the primary, he was out as campaign manager by the end of 2005. He was replaced by Jason Roe who ran the campaign until its victory in November 2006.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Afternoon updates
* Stop the satellite TV tax!
* *** UPDATED 1x *** Twitter suspends parody account @peoriamayor
* Lesson learned: Don't 'Leave'
* Fitch affirms Illinois GO Bond rating
* BGA: Rauner firm holds state contracts; political round-up
* Question of the Day
* CAPTION CONTEST!
* Morning Shorts
* 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

          
        * Hands On With Facebook's Nearby Friends
        * Our favourite 5 new Windows Phone apps of the week
        * Nike Layoffs Add Fuel to Apple iWatch Rumors
        * Nike Says The FuelBand Isn’t Dead, New Color Options Coming
        * Beats Music Gets In-App Subscriptions, Beefs Up Free Streaming Options
        * Nokia Lumia Instagramer of the Week: Sigrid Sohm
        * Incomparable

        * A 3D-Printed Ultrasound Cast That Looks Awesome and Heals You Faster
        * Beats Bites the Bullet, and Starts Selling Subscriptions From Apple’s App
        * Nike Fires Majority of FuelBand Team, Will Stop Making Wearable Hardware
        * This Week's Top Downloads
        * Verizon May Roll Out Android 4.4 KitKat Update for Galaxy S4 on May 2nd (Rumor)
        * Use the 10% Rule to Negotiate at Yard Sales
        * OnePlus One Pictures Leaked Ahead of Its Launch

        * Eaton exits game after collision with Fielder
        * Paulino goes on DL with rotator cuff inflammation
        * Rienzo surprised but excited
        * Ramirez not focused on streaking
        * Danks feels Paulino's pain
        * White Sox place Felipe Paulino on DL, call up Andre Rienzo, outrigh...
        * Right on Q: Cuban baseball, where every man is an island.


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

        Archives
        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


        * Governor Quinn Wants New Medicaid Controls..
        * Quinn: New controls after Medicaid paid for dead..
        * Ill. GOP officials who wanted Brady out replaced..
        * Quinn: Tighter controls after Medicaid paid $12.....
        * Mayor's View: Gov. Quinn sends Freeport a welco.....


        * Chicago man killed in Salt Lake City stabbing
        * Ill. GOP officials who wanted Brady out replaced
        * Gov. Quinn backs state spending for Obama library
        * Quinn: New controls after Medicaid paid for dead
        * $14M awarded in suit linking contraceptive, stroke
        * $14M awarded in lawsuit linking pill to stroke
        * Boeing to give California workers $47M in back pay
        * APNewsBreak: Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead
        * Democrats: Illinois schools could face major cuts
        * Illinois approved for No Child Left Behind waiver

        * U of I officials seeking to prevent retirement rush
        * U of I asks state legislators to prevent retirement rush; could affect 200 at UIS
        * 2015 tax rates still far from settled
        * Strip club tax brings in much less than expected
        * Quinn grants 43 clemency requests
        * Illinois approved for No Child Left Behind waiver
        * University: State pension reform had costly mistake
        * House bill urges schools to make digital emergency plans
        * Illinois Medicaid paying for dead clients
        * Rutherford's lawyers ask judge to dismiss sexual-harassment lawsuit

        * Census: People are leaving all six Chicago-area counties
        * Trixie and Chad have kids!
        * Quinn administration funds Diana Rauner's nonprofit
        * Why Lenovo's Moto bid is looking smarter
        * Ignoring Shakespeare's butcher, law firm advises how to cut legal bills


        * 5 dead, 21 people shot in 24 hours
        * Charter school principal proposes buying school shut by CPS
        * $14 mil awarded to woman who suffered stroke after taking medication
        * 21 people shot in 24 hours
        * Man, 72, struck, killed by truck on North Avenue by Kennedy Expy.
        * Newborn found dead in Northwest Side gangway
        * 1 dead in kayak accident in Geneva
        * CTA plans L overpass at Belmont to eliminate bottleneck
        * 5 dead, 15 wounded in shootings since Friday evening
        * Anthony Porter freed from Death Row, but not from the past


        * Geneva kayak trip turns fatal
        * Boy, 16, shot on South Side
        * Cops: 3 dead, 5 others injured in shooting incidents
        * Man hit by truck on Near North Side identified
        * Body of newborn boy found in Logan Square gangway
        * Family, community, mourns boy, 15, killed in North Chicago
        * Officer in prostitution sting sustains broken nose; man charged
        * Albany Park man charged with sexually assaulting girl
        * Far South Side man accused of robbing student in Loop
        * FBI searches for woman who robbed Wicker Park bank


        * Illinois Finally Gets 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver
        * U Of I: Illinois Pension Overhaul Had Costly Mistake
        * Fish fry dinners bring food, community to Catholics during Lent
        * Listen To State Week - April 18, 2014
        * Murray Center Advocates Win Appeals Decision
        * Employment Improves, But Illinois Still Lags U.S.
        * Nine Illinois lawmakers vote to fund Obama library - but only five members in attendance
        * WBEZ's Student Stories
        * Interview: John Tinker & The Landmark Case On Students' Right To Free Speech
        * State Legislation Hints At Marijuana Legalization


        * Video gaming may get its own exclusion list
        * U of I asks state legislators to prevent retirement rush; could affect 200 at UIS
        * Quinn grants 43 clemency requests
        * Illinois approved for No Child Left Behind waiver
        * Illinois Medicaid paying for dead clients
        * Democrats: Illinois schools could face major cuts
        * State prisons to use costly drug for hepatitis C
        * University: State pension reform had costly mistake
        * DNR mining-oversight official fired
        * Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges


        * Volleyball enjoys Kenney return
        * Blaze causes $900,000 in damage to home
        * Woman cited for DUI after driving through restaurant wall
        * Williamson County Regional Airport eyes new terminal building
        * McDonald's mishap
        * Williams sparks Nets
        * Loren Tate: Time for Big Ten to pay up
        * Taking in Alton's residential gems
        * Police Blotter
        * Davis Selected as member of Human Trafficking Task Force


        * The 10th District money race
        * Aurora Democrat calls out IHSA
        * Lawyers: Ill. hazing law vague, unconstitutional
        * Ill. House OKs lower-cost hunting bill for seniors
        * Quinn’s running mate takes new consulting job

        * Shimkus tours EIU Renewable Energy Center ...
        * Grant puts AEDs in Clark County - Paris Be...
        * Congressman's staff in Neoga today - Journ...
        * Congressman to visit Renewable Energy Cent...
        * Shimkus Honors 100th Anniversary of Heath ...
        * Congressman to visit with constituents in ...
        * IRS Tax Breaks Available for Disaster Vict...
        * Shimkus accepting Congressinal Art entries...
        * Rep. John Shimkus Spreads 'Obama Giving Aw...
        * Shimkus Supports Anti-Spoofing Bill - Teut...

        * Loading Koch Industries Website Too Many T......
        * Maryland and DC among worst for food aller......
        * Cleveland State University to reestablish ......
        * Convicted political boss Al Sanchez runnin......
        * Candidates make last filings for local, st......

        * Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon opposes pension le......
        * Dillard Odd Man Out on Pension Deal Reaction...
        * Sen. Mark Kirk sides with Rauner on pensio......
        * Governor's race infighting threatens pensi......
        * SCHOONERS - Home of Everyone's Favorite Be......

        * Today's Easter weekend message: "That's My King!"
        * Weyermuller: "Taxed Enough Already" rally in St. Charles
        * Gutierrez calls on House Republicans to vote on immigration reform [video]
        * Governor Quinn. Veto Rahm’s pension bill.
        * The talented Mr. Biss.
        * Durbin banks more than $6M for 2014 Senate bid
        * Illegal Immigration: Will Illinois' GOP leadership abandon the party's platform?
        * Walsh: Sorry, Sen. Kirk, That Train Has Already Left the Station
        * Will County GOP provides insight into how party decides officials and policies
        * City Journal: Chicago's Vanishing Middle Class


        * Governor Quinn Announces Investments to Conserve Lake Michigan Shoreline - Visits Volunteer Beach Clean-up to Announce Investments That Will Support Environmental Education and Stewardship Projects
        * Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
        * Proposed Rules for Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act Filed
        * Adopt-A-Highway Spring Cleanup Begins Today - Annual Event Honors Earth Day, Tackles Roadside Litter After Harsh Winter
        * Illinois Schools Win No Child Left Behind Waiver - Federal Government Approves Flexibility Needed for Successful Implementation of State Strategies to Improve Student Learning




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller