SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Simon still thinking about comptroller?

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013

* Lynn Sweet

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is [in Washington, DC] for a series of profile-raising interviews with state and national media and meetings with the National Lieutenant Governors Association and the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association as she is putting together a political team for her anticipated 2014 statewide run.

The office Simon is to run for is to be determined. She’s waiting to see if Attorney General Lisa Madigan vacates her spot to challenge Gov. Pat Quinn in a Democratic primary for governor. She’s also mulling comptroller.

Comptroller, eh? Some of her people are flatly denying that she’ll run against Judy Baar Topinka, but that’s what she told Gov. Quinn back in December when she informed him that she wouldn’t be his 2014 running mate.

I doubt she’d do it, or that she could defeat Judy Baar Topinka if she does run. Some of her people have flatly denied that she intends to run against JBT.

Still, I’m interested to know what y’all think about a possible matchup.

* Meanwhile, time for a little comic relief

Following Adam Andrzejewski’s announcement today that he will not be seeking public office in 2014, activist Bill Kelly publicized his own possible candidacy for State Comptroller. In a press release, Kelly said he would make “an updated announcement” about his plans for the 2014 election season on April 13 - the same day he’s planning a protest outside a meeting of the Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee in Chicago.

“It is no mystery that I have been exploring another bid for Illinois comptroller,” Kelly said. “After four years of [Judy Baar] Topinka, Illinois is worse – not better off. I have run against Topinka before and I can do it again,” said Kelly.

According to his website, the announcement “will be based on whether Pat Brady is forced to resign his Illinois GOP chairmanship.” Kelly has been a vocal critic of Brady since 2010.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


30 Comments
  1. - Anon - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 10:37 am:

    Good to see Simon wants to graduate from the least significant public office in Illinois to the 2nd least significant.


  2. - Dirt diver - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 10:41 am:

    Whatever office she runs for, she will get creamed in the primary. Go ahead and waste your time, energy, and campaign contributors money (who would ever donate is beyond me). She was given the biggest gift when Cohen resigned as candidate and quinn appointed her.

    Hey Sheila, how’d that election for Carbondale mayor go? Do yourself a favor and step to the side gracefully unless you want to get waxed in the primary


  3. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 10:42 am:

    I doubt Simon would run against JBT. I think she’ll go for an office (AG, Treasurer) where an incumbent might look to move up.

    She was on “Morning Joe” this morning sounding confident about gay marriage passing in Illinois.


  4. - Elo Kiddies - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 10:44 am:

    Hey Dirt Diver — you ever ask Obama about his run against Bobby Rush?

    I’m not taking sides in any races, but sheesh. I get that you don’t like Simon, but you’ve given nothing more than that.


  5. - Amalia - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 10:47 am:

    sheila probably knows that the AG spot will have more savvy and experienced candidates running so she’s looking elsewhere.


  6. - Just Observing - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 10:52 am:

    === Whatever office she runs for, she will get creamed in the primary. ===

    I don’t think that is necessarily true if she runs for something less high profile like Comptroller, Treasurer, or SOS.


  7. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 10:54 am:

    I guess Kelly waiting makes sense …

    The same 4 voluteers had to make a choice as to where they are going to waste their time. Now, no decision. The move makes sense.


  8. - Crazy Like A Fox - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 10:55 am:

    Simon has been getting a lot of attention lately and continues to do so. She’s definitely making moves and it seems like people are watching - this could prove to be crucial if she jumps statewide.

    JBT has been marching around the collar counties talking about how bad the state’s finances are. It just doesn’t add anything to the conversation. She’ll also be 71 by the time she gets sworn in for another term so who knows how that will come into play. If you really want to be honest about it, this is one of the few races where the Republican will be seen as a career politician. She’s been in Springfield since 1980!


  9. - cover - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 10:55 am:

    What exactly could Bill Kelly do as Comptroller to improve upon Topinka’s performance? The state’s bill backlog is not due to mismanagement by the Comptroller, she can only pay bills if cash is available. Does Kelly have a solution to paying bills that doesn’t involve magic beans or a trillion-dollar coin?


  10. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 10:56 am:

    @FakeWilliamKelly - Hey @FakeAdamA, thanks for being so selfless. Since you announced you are not running I doubled my followers … to 6! #NoOneCaresAboutEitherOfUs


  11. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 10:59 am:

    To the Question,

    Simon should hold her powder and run for Treasurer. Comptroller is a huge “ask”, especially to ge through the Primary AND the General. At least if Simon got through the Primary for Trasurer, it would be an Open Seat she would be running for and not against Judy Baar Topinka.

    Simon still needs to get through a Primary. No one is going to give her a pass, that is one thing I do know …


  12. - Amalia - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 11:02 am:

    the friends of William J. Kelly website has a funny photo of him in front of a waving hand on the “about” tab. it looks like the hand is photobombing Kelly.


  13. - All That - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 11:16 am:

    I hope she is interviewing a good pollster. If she hires one she will see that her only play is to run for Treasurer.


  14. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 11:18 am:

    @FakeWilliamKelly - Please tweet me back the largest phonebooths you know of in Illinois as I prepare for my fundraising schedule. #MySupportIsAnInchLongAndAnInchThick


  15. - Dirt diver - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 11:18 am:

    I’d bet the house that she will get creamed in the primary regardless of the office, if anyone would take the bet. She might when a Carbondale city council seat, but that’s it.

    I take it Elo kiddies and just observing are future contributors/supporters. She hasn’t done squat and won’t win an election for statewide office.


  16. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 11:18 am:

    I like JBT, but she’s the Jesse White of the Republican Party. A reliable vote winner and a mediocre elected official. I think they’ve both overstayed their welcome, but that’s just my opinion.

    I wouldn’t dismiss Sheila’s chances, especially in a primary. There is a guy in the White House who might have lost a Senate primary but for an ad Sheila starred in. Neither Obama nor David Axelrod will forget that and I think it’s fair to say, both of them have a lot of influence in the party.

    Can she raise a million or more and build a coalition? That remains to be seen, but hopefully she’s learned not to cap her donations at $50 this time.


  17. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 11:21 am:

    @FakeWilliamKelly - Do not be afriad to call me to tell me you supposrt my run for elected office. I even have call waiting, so just call. #DoesMyCellPhoneEvenWork


  18. - Cassiopeia - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 11:32 am:

    I think the real story today is that Quinn couldn’t get 50 of the 102 county chairman to pre-endorse him.


  19. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 11:32 am:

    This is the race I want to see. But instead of debates, we’ll have a play-off between Judy and her accordion and Sheila and her banjo. Think Deliverance meets Charlie Daniel’s The Devil Went Down To Georgia meets Forever Flannel. Their quirky against our quirky. It will be a blast!


  20. - walkinfool - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 11:34 am:

    As a fearless truth-teller, JBT is a rare public servant. I would like her to stay where she is.


  21. - Endangered Moderate Species - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 11:38 am:

    Dirt Diver,

    Bill Kelly is needing a volunteer coordinator. Your rhetoric seems to fit the job criteria.


  22. - Crazy Like A Fox - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 11:40 am:

    Have any Dems been rumored to be interested in this seat? If not, could Simon get a clear shot at JBT?


  23. - siriusly - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 11:44 am:

    “It is no mystery that I have been exploring another bid for Illinois comptroller,” Kelly said. “After four years of [Judy Baar] Topinka, Illinois is worse – not better off. I have run against Topinka before and I can do it again,” said Kelly.

    he should have said “I have lost to JBT before, and I will do it again!”


  24. - Dirt diver - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 11:59 am:

    I don’t volunteer for campaigns. Those days are behind me.


  25. - Chevy owner/Ford County - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 12:06 pm:

    “I wouldn’t dismiss Sheila’s chances, especially in a primary. There is a guy in the White House who might have lost a Senate primary but for an ad Sheila starred in. Neither Obama nor David Axelrod will forget that and I think it’s fair to say, both of them have a lot of influence in the party.”

    Bingo 47th Ward. Most cogent argument posted….


  26. - Raising Kane - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 12:36 pm:

    Obama jumped into that Carbondale Mayoral race for her and she got pummeled. She really isn’t a very good candidate.


  27. - titan - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 1:46 pm:

    After the last 4 years, Illinios may well be in worse shape… but how exactly is that laid on JBT? Did she not cut the checks (when we had some money so send out)? It isn’t like the Comptroller sets policy or anything.


  28. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 1:53 pm:

    Titan, because Kelly is a goof. Nothing more, nothing less.


  29. - Just The Way It Is One - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 3:04 pm:

    Hey, Bill…who cares? But, no, run if you want to, do run, ‘n best ‘o luck–I, for one, though will not lose any sleep staying up at night wondering what your prospects of winning are…!

    And, on a JBT-Simon match-up for Comptroller? Sorry, Sheila. She’d do respectable, but I really do think Illinoisans would likely be pretty willing to actually allow Judy to be re-elected and re-elected to that post and keep her in that Office for as long as she darn near wants, or at least until the fair matron of the Illinois GOP decides otherwise, as we’d watch her blazing red hair polka off into that beautiful Prairie State sunset to some nice, old Czech favorite tune…!

    Rather, I think SS would like to shoot for, and assumes it’s just a matter of time here until she gets her chance TO shoot for Lisa’s AG slot–unless Lisa shocks the livin’ dickens out of us and somehow resolves to hold off and go for Mayor of Chicago or somethin’ down the road, particularly if Rahm bails, given his horrible DISapproval ratings, but fat chance on THAT idea, too, I suppose….


  30. - Sentinel - Wednesday, Mar 20, 13 @ 6:12 pm:

    WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY:

    Word: vacuous

    A. William J. Kelly
    B. Kim Kardashian


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* $3 million in one pop from Rauner
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - State House fundraising report
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Has the haymaker punch arrived?
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - State Senate fundraising report
* Third straight poll shows Rauner leading Quinn
* Last call for tickets!
* Vast Majority of Illinois Voters Support Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency
* Sun-Times reporters want you to sign their petition
* Same song, different century
* Question of the day
* Quinn finally wins a newspaper endorsement!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's cable TV buy report
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition: Crosstabs, TV ads
* Report: Another tie between Rauner and CS-T chairman
* Bost's "anger," Cook's ratings, Foster's ad
* $580 MILLION EXELON RATE HIKE?? That’s the price tag for their nuke bailout…EVERY YEAR!
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Rauner pumping dollars
* Rauner pushing IDOT back into the news stream
* Gov. Quinn runs new TV ad featuring FLOTUS
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* No, your eyes didn't deceive you
* Good morning!
* 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

          
        * CurrentC Is The Big Retailers’ Clunky Attempt To Kill Apple Pay And Credit Card Fees
        * Google Nexus 9, Nexus 6, iPad Air 2 comments & more – Pocketnow Daily Recap
        * Android Lollipop imminent, new Nexuses nearing, no more Nokia | Pocketnow Weekly 119
        * U.K. Startup Swytch Is Building An App To Open Up The ‘Burner’ Phone Number Market
        * Lockdown Pro allows selectively locking almost any app
        * Pronto Fast Charge battery gives a full charge in 5 minutes
        * GunFinger is a zombie shooter with fun shooting gameplay

        * This Week's Top Downloads
        * The Most Germ-Infested Item in the Office Might Be the Coffee Pot
        * CVS, Rite Aid Shut Down Support for Apple Pay
        * Know How to Spot the Signs of a Hidden Handgun
        * Twitter Acquires Twitpic's Archive, Saga Finally Ends
        * Add Public Transportation to Your Weight Loss Plans
        * Nexus 6 Passes Through the FCC

        * World Series Game 4: Notes and discussion
        * A 15-GIF salute to Moises Sierra's White Sox career
        * Konerko caps stellar career with Clemente Award
        * Konerko caps stellar career with Clemente Award
        * World Series Game 3: Notes and discussion
        * Rollins, Konerko named co-winners of Clemente Award
        * Alexei Ramirez and Adam Eaton Gold Glove finalists, but maybe not f...


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

        Archives
        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


        * Gov. Quinn welcomes home Illinois National Guar.....
        * No Mandatory Ebola Quarantine In Mass...
        * Pat Quinn imposes mandatory 21-day Ebola quaran.....
        * U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes he.....
        * No Mandatory Ebola Quarantine In Massachusetts..
        * Animals Flunk These Candidates..
        * Southern Illinois residents rally, wait for fra.....
        * Experts: Quarantines may dissuade Ebola volunteers..
        * Church of Pastor Corey Brooks burglarized after.....


        * Across US, Dems enlist Latinas for top of ballot
        * Few details offered on quarantines over Ebola
        * State Farm seeks to test drones in Illinois
        * Costly Capitol renovations recognized for design
        * Chicago Fire Department hired few blacks in 2014
        * Illinois lieutenant governor candidates on issues
        * Illinois lieutenant governor candidates bios
        * Lieutenant governor picks hope to help lead
        * Chicago Fire Department hired few blacks in 2014
        * Coroner's jury: July SWAT shooting justified

        * Feminist Gloria Steinem endorses Quinn for governor
        * Madigan, Rauner spend big on Illinois House races
        * Officials rethink early vote-counting after Madigan ruling
        * Minimum wage increase supporters urge early voting
        * Sun-Times political reporter resigns following Rauner complaint
        * Minimum wage hike supporters urge early voting
        * Federal judge orders court-appointed monitor for IDOT hiring
        * Rep. Raymond Poe to undergo stem cell transplant
        * Bill Clinton campaigns for Quinn, Durbin
        * Quinn, Rauner spar over jobs, taxes

        * Why the Chicago-Illinois tech startup partnership won't be easy
        * Republican hopes fade for a comeback in U.S. House races
        * Jennifer Pritzker talks about a year of change
        * How much money do Exelon's nukes really make?
        * Shopping startup Trunk Club sizes up the women's market


        * Enthusiastic student Stan Kij, 25, dies of stomach cancer
        * Judge rejects Pistorius comparison, gives 17-year sentence in murder-for-hire plot
        * Keep it peaceful in Ferguson, Mo.
        * Why wasn’t Ebola doc kept under scrutiny?
        * Editorial: Bruce Rauner for governor
        * Back to the past with mayor’s move
        * Illinois needs better way to deal with terminally ill inmates
        * At panel on school closings, board acknowledges more planning needed
        * Marina City residents reminded to watch their step during Wallenda’s walk
        * Republican senators question Quinn’s IDOT scandal response


        * 3 hurt in daytime shootings Saturday
        * 2 held after boy, 13, fatally shot in Gary
        * Man charged with failing to reveal he had HIV to partner
        * Man charged with possession of child porn
        * Man held on $1M bail in August slaying on South Side
        * $500K bail for man accused of taking semi, critically injuring cyclist
        * 1st phase of $719 million Tri-State, I-57 interchange opens
        * $1M bail for teen charged in fatal Englewood shooting
        * 2 dead, 8 hurt in shootings Friday into Saturday
        * Illinois orders mandatory Ebola quarantine for high-risk travelers


        * Listen to State Week - October 24, 2014
        * 2014 Election Coverage: Citizens, here's your homework!
        * 2 dead, including gunman, in high school shooting
        * Prosecutors want more of indicted police commander’s 'bad acts' in court
        * Prosecutors want more of indicted police commander's 'bad acts' in court
        * Bedrock 66: Charlie Parr Plays Springfield Friday
        * Oberweis Would Back Federal Same Sex Marriage Law
        * Wild Bison Return To IL
        * Scary Story: The Diviner by Susan Vondrak
        * Artist Profile: Local Troubadour Tom Irwin


        * Michael Bromberg: Benedictine looking ahead at changes in higher ed
        * Charles Krauthammer: Barack Obama, aggrieved bystander
        * Feminist Gloria Steinem endorses Quinn for governor
        * Madigan, Rauner spend big on Illinois House races
        * Our Opinion: Bell, Manar, Davidsmeyer endorsed in state legislative races
        * Craig Burns: Honesty, integrity in great supply at CWLP
        * E.J. Dionne: Ebola, pandering and courage
        * Esther Cepeda: Benefits of closing the word gap
        * Officials rethink early vote-counting after Madigan ruling
        * Our Opinion: Frerichs has the expertise to be Illinois treasurer


        * Scary run
        * State Farm seeks to test drones in Illinois
        * Triopia makes playoffs
        * LIVE! Back at Huff
        * Wally finds some Belleville companies just didn't last long
        * Devil's Kitchen Water District lifts boil order in Grassy Road area
        * Prep football Top 10: Newcomers enter after final week
        * Durbin says he'll 'get to the bottom' of why Transcom contractor is shipping cars late
        * Chicago Fire Department hired few blacks in 2014
        * Speakers: Voting, voter education crucial for African Americans


        * Ebola nurse first quarantine, not happy
        * Westminster Christian finishes season with a big win
        * St. Viator nets Class 2A regional title
        * Costume contest just one of the attractions at BatFest
        * Runners fend off undead in Bartlett zombie run

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Our View: 17th Congress: Cheri Bustos...
        * Our View: 17th Congress: Cheri Bustos...
        * Our View: 17th Congress: Cheri Bustos...
        * Our View: 17th Congress: Cheri Bustos...
        * Our View: 17th Congress: Cheri Bustos...

        * Sen. Mark Kirk helps introduce anti-cyberb......
        * Bruce Rauner & Carly Fiorina Inspire Downe......

        * Great School Tips You Require To Know About
        * The Weekend In Chicago Rock
        * Anatomy Of A Tribune Editorial
        * More Illinois voters report machine switching votes from Dem to GOP
        * More Illinois voters report machine switching votes from GOP to Dem
        * Clowns With Sex Toys Attacked Illinois Family
        * Oberweis: DOJ needs to investigate threats against Pastor Corey Brooks and his family
        * More reports on potential voting fraud in Rock Island County, Illinois
        * More reports of potential voting fraud in Rock Island County, Illinois
        * Have You Seen This Young Woman?


        * Governor Quinn Announces Major Expansion of Public Recreational Access at Lake Calumet - Project Will Be Centerpiece of Governor’s Millennium Reserve Initiative
        * Governor Quinn Welcomes Illinois National Guard Brigade Home from Kuwait - Illinois’ 108th Sustainment Brigade Returns from Deployment
        * Rauner rips Quinn on IDOT patronage oversight
        * Governor Quinn Announces Winners of 2014 Illinois Export Awards - State’s Trade Programs Help Companies Increase Global Sales
        * Governor Quinn Directs Illinois Department of Public Health to Require Quarantine to Protect Against Ebola




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