Jack Roeser wants Shaw to replace Brady
Monday, Mar 4, 2013
* Daily Herald…
The bitter fight over the leadership of the Illinois Republican has been going on for almost two decades. It’s a mostly worthless argument over a mostly worthless job. Unlike the Democratic chairman, the state GOP chairman has zero actual power here. He’s a figurehead, nothing more.
So, the Democrats have to stifle a guffaw every time the GOP tears each others’ throats out over their chairman. It’s just one more example of how the party can’t get its act together.
* Carol Marin…
There’s nothing that the state party chairman can do about the Democratic legislative majorities now. The Republicans are in too deep of a hole. And there’s little the chairman - any chairman - can do about thinning the field in the upcoming Republican primary. The chairman - any chairman - just has no power.
But the chairman is often interviewed by Chicago media, so a media-friendly top GOP is desirable. The Chicago media loved Brady’s “Fire Madigan” campaign last year. It gave them something to write about, and it was a cause obviously backed by most of the city’s reporters and pundits.
And the chairman does have input into any coordinated campaigns that are run. So, the spoils of war are definitely part of the issue here.
* What we have here is a bunch of purists screaming for the ouster of a heathen and attempting to get a piece of the pie that they cannot get electorally, vs. regulars fending off the barbarians at the gate and protecting their pie. It has always been thus in Illinois. It will likely always be thus, as long as the chairmanship is so overly valued.