SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Raoul mulls endorsement

Friday, Aug 30, 2013

* The Tribune’s Rick Pearson got a few moments with Sen. Kwame Raoul last night

Quinn, seeking a second elected term as governor after replacing the impeached and imprisoned Rod Blagojevich in 2009, traditionally has gotten his strongest support from African-American voters, though Daley maintains that backing is flagging.

Raoul, in an interview with the Tribune outside a downtown fundraising event, said he was not backing either Quinn or Daley but imagines he’ll eventually make an endorsement. “Just right now, I want to turn off (the politics) and focus on getting this job done,” he said.

“This job” refers to his role as chairman of a special legislative conference committee charged with recommending a plan to resolve the state’s $100 billion government worker pension debt. He said negotiators, who met again Thursday, are moving forward and that “it’s a very critical time” in efforts to come up with a plan.

As most of you observed yesterday, Raoul’s statement announcing he wouldn’t run for governor was a classy move.

The guy looks like he has a real future, but the stars don’t always line up as well as they seemed to be this time around. Maybe Lisa Madigan figures that her only way up the ladder is a 2016 US Senate bid, since she says she can’t run for governor as long as her father is the House Speaker. Lots of things can happen.

Whom should he endorse, if anyone?

- Posted by Rich Miller        


14 Comments
  1. - Just sayin' - Friday, Aug 30, 13 @ 9:47 am:

    He should endorse Bruce Rauner… he’s helping take away public employee pensions, might as well be honest about it.


  2. - downstate commissioner - Friday, Aug 30, 13 @ 9:53 am:

    Best bet is to stay out of it. I believe that he might be a successful alternative candidate to Quinn and Daley at this point in time, but he has passed on that option. If he endorses either of those two, it may hurt him later.


  3. - Ray del Camino - Friday, Aug 30, 13 @ 9:55 am:

    Wise Dems should stay out of the business of primary endorsements.


  4. - Roadiepig - Friday, Aug 30, 13 @ 10:01 am:

    From his recent actions and statements, I don’t see why he would endorse either of the Democrats running now.


  5. - A guy... - Friday, Aug 30, 13 @ 10:04 am:

    He’ll land somewhere (with an endorsement) and wherever that is could easily be enough to make a difference that could help him in the not so distant future.


  6. - Yossarian Lives - Friday, Aug 30, 13 @ 10:08 am:

    He shouldn’t endorse anyone. He’s developed a reputation as a careful, wise legislator who is fast becoming a statesman. Taking sides in this primary, given the options, can only undermine that reputation, which is more valuable than any short-term political gains he could glean from picking one camp over the other.

    He has also made a name for himself by brokering delicate compromises in the legislature. As most of his colleagues will be taking sides, he’d be better off staying out of it and not burning bridges.


  7. - Robert the Bruce - Friday, Aug 30, 13 @ 10:18 am:

    He should stay out of it. But given that he already has said he will endorse, he should back Quinn since (1) he is the sitting governor and (2) he seems more likely to win than Daley.


  8. - 47th Ward - Friday, Aug 30, 13 @ 10:21 am:

    Let’s see if the committee can get a bill passed first. If Quinn signs it, then and only then endorsing Quinn could be a good move. Raoul could spin it as an endorsement on policy grounds, as opposed to politics.

    But first things first. Raoul needs to get a bill passed and sent to Quinn. Talk of an endorsement is premature until then.


  9. - Responsa - Friday, Aug 30, 13 @ 10:42 am:

    He should endorse no one. There is no good reason for him to do an endorsement. People should read nothing into it other than he thinks voters should decide for themselves who to vote for.


  10. - Norseman - Friday, Aug 30, 13 @ 10:45 am:

    He should endorse Oswego Willy. Willy will bring much needed common sense to the Governor’s Office. Willy is also a big proponent of big tents. You need those for the spring receptions for the solons.


  11. - Mighty M. Mouse - Friday, Aug 30, 13 @ 11:34 am:

    Sen. Raoul already has said he would eventually endorse someone, and I’ll be surprised if it isn’t Gov. Quinn, assuming the GA approves pension reform legislation and it’s signed by Quinn.

    The Daley brand only used to be a millstone around the neck of politicians outside Chicago, but with the parking meter deal being so bad for the city, now the Daley name is mud there, too. Of course, it never did play that well in Kwame Raoul’s Hyde Park district ever since the days of Ald. Leon Dupree and Mayor Richard J. Daley.


  12. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 30, 13 @ 11:54 am:

    - Norseman -,

    Set up a meeting with Sen. Raoul. I do think the GOP Primary part might make him a “no”, but I could be spitballing again.

    To the Post,

    Do not endorse anyone. Period.

    Do not waste political currency on a 2 way race, especially when your own supporters at this point wanted you to take them BOTH on.

    Let it ride …


  13. - Anon - Friday, Aug 30, 13 @ 11:55 am:

    As a Dem with progressive leanings, I was heartbroken to hear that Sen. Raoul was not running. Since Quinn’s performance as governor is utterly unacceptable (his combination of hypocritical sanctimony, demagoguery, and patent incompetence really isn’t doing well for IL), I’m going to have to say he either needs to endorse Daley (hopefully in exchange for some policy concessions, but in any case) or pull a rabbit out of the hat and get Lisa to run. I don’t want to vote Green again like I had to do in 2006.


  14. - jake - Friday, Aug 30, 13 @ 1:59 pm:

    His statement that he would endorse somebody was not made with much enthusiasm. It would probably be best for him if he did not endorse. Both candidates have so many negatives, and the campaign will be so negative, that any prominent endorser will get mud rubbed off on him. I regret that he will not run. I would have supported him. I will probably go for Daley, unless I learn more really bad things about him than I already know.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - More on the state grant suspensions
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Fundraiser/event list
* How can we miss you if you won't go away?
* Question of the day
* Supreme Court justice ordered to testify
* Chicago downgraded
* Today's number: 4-6 weeks
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Human service cuts and state grant suspensions
* Stating the obvious
* *** UPDATED x1 - Double-down *** They really make this too easy...
* Crain's: "Market-based" solution is rigged
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Even more problems for Schock
* 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

          
        * Samsung Galaxy S6 specs: what drives the latest Galaxy
        * SanDisk Announces 128GB iXpand Flash Drive and Updated Sync App With Touch ID
        * Samsung introduces the Galaxy S6 Edge, pushing curved screens to new limits
        * Samsung announces Galaxy S6, its newest flagship smartphone
        * Samsung MWC 2015 Liveblog
        * Galaxy S 6 Edge vs Galaxy Note Edge: which edge is edgier
        * Apple Watch Debut in 'Style' Suggests Space Gray Pricing May Start at $349

        * Re/wind: Kara Swisher Talks With Hillary Clinton, Net Neutrality’s Big Win and More
        * New Gear VR Headset Announced For Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge
        * Six Surprises From the Samsung Galaxy S6 Launch
        * Samsung Pay Is Finally Official
        * With Samsung Pay Announcement, 2015 Feels Like the Year of the Mobile Wallet
        * My thoughts on the iPhone 6 Plus, five months later
        * Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

        * Minnie Miñoso passes away
        * White Sox legend Minoso passes away
        * Mellie Wolfgang: From the Baseball Hall of Fame Library Player Files
        * White Sox remain positive after Sale's injury
        * Sale's absence opens opportunity for Rodon, others
        * Sale fractures right foot in accident at home
        * Chris Sale fractures foot, resting for 3 weeks

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


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

        Archives
        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


        * 11 injured in chain of wrecks on I-44, 2 injure.....
        * 16-year-old boy charged with murder in Aurora s.....
        * Milford police investigating double shooting..
        * Illinois hunters, outdoorsmen hope for ally in .....
        * Illinois' newly-elected Governor shows support .....
        * Hunters, outdoorsmen hope for ally in Illinois .....
        * Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will have to answer .....


        * Peoria police expand use of gunshot detection technology
        * Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take charity polar plunge in Chicago
        * 16-year-old boy charged with murder in Aurora shooting death
        * Pipeline may carry crude oil through southern Illinois
        * Major league baseball's 1st black Latino star Minoso dies
        * Illinois hunters, outdoorsmen hope for ally in Rauner
        * Late-winter storms spread across areas of Southwest
        * Moody's downgrades Chicago's rating over pensions
        * Butler picked as new Illinois lawmaker
        *

        * Tim Butler, congressional staffer, selected to fill former Rep. Rich Brauer's seat
        * Schock reimburses costs for lavish 'Downton Abbey' office decor
        * Brauer replacement could be chosen as early as Saturday
        * Quinn advocates consumer rights, blasts Rauner's budget
        * Rauner says he's 'staying out' of Chicago mayor's race
        * Quinn advocates consumer rights in Loyola speech
        * Judge won't delay sentencing for former state lawmaker Farnham
        * Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti says GOP should court women, Latinos
        * Explore salary information for the state of Illinois
        * State Rep. Raymond Poe to be back at work next week

        * Illinois hospitals, health care groups oppose Rauner's cuts to managed care
        * Why even mid-sized trading firms are hurting
        * What's happening with Chinatown's Tony Hu?
        * What's going on at Quick Leonard Kieffer?
        * National Louis University's radical rethink


          * Embattled new Highland Park superintendent resigns before she begins
          * Illinois hunters, outdoorsmen hope for ally in Rauner
          * Wis. Gov. Walker: Sure, Obama loves his country
          * Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take icy plunge in Lake Michigan
          * White Sox great Minnie Minoso dies: 'He was an extraordinary person'
          * '48 Hours' features Chicago-area woman convicted of toddler's murder
          * Man, 57, shot in Gresham
          * Chicago ties 140-year-old record for coldest February


          * Chronic Mismanagement Drove State Into Its Fiscal Mess
          * People
          * Essay – Cashing In On Cutting Carbon
          * Lawmakers Aim To Prohibit Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy For Minors
          * Legislative Checklist March 2015
          * Lincoln Lore
          * Illinois Not Alone In Post-Recession Budget Woes
          * Rauner’s Budget Poses Risk For Emanuel’s Re-election
          * History Series: The Importance Of "Poles" In Campaigning
          * Child Care Providers Rally in Capitol


          * Our Opinion: Looking for the leaders among Springfield's candidates
          * Statehouse Insider: That's not a nice thing to say
          * Rep. Rodney Davis and Rep. Mike Bost: Strong financial markets benefit Illinois
          * Quote of the Day: Sunday, March 1, 2015
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Report talk of Houston fundraiser just 'secondhand' info
          * Scott Zeramby: Consider the environment as marijuana industry emerges in Illinois
          * Tim Butler, congressional staffer, selected to fill former Rep. Rich Brauer's seat
          * Charles Krauthammer: The fatal flaw in the Iran deal
          * Quote of the Day: Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
          * Schock reimburses costs for lavish 'Downton Abbey' office decor


          * Storm dumps at least six inches of snow in area
          * Storm dumps up to 9 inches of snow in area
          * Normal joins Bloomington in issuing snow parking ban
          * Snow will fall into afternoon; overnight yields 2 inches
          * Illinois 86, Northwestern 60
          * Pipeline could carry oil through Southern Illinois
          * Lawmakers fight Murphysboro claim as Illinois BBQ capitol
          * Acclaimed artists stage showcase at Maryland Hall
          * Overnight yields 2 inches; snow falling again
          * Community-outreach initiative brings officers to schools


          * Will Smith's 'Focus' tops box office with $19.1 million
          * Inside Tumblr's teen suicide epidemic
          * Ways to make a kitchen more germ-free
          * Peoria police expand use of gunshot detection technology
          * Sox legend Minnie Minoso dead at 90

          * Report: Amazon book review led to Army inv...
          * Mark Kirk's prepping for a barnburner — an...
          * Senate passes bill, prevents Homeland Secu...
          * Congressman: Obama Has Blown 60 Years of A...
          * Congresswoman Robin Kelly to Host Housing ...
          * Bost support of comp time bill has comment...
          * Republicans Debate DHS Stopgap Bill
          * Combined Insurance Honored as Top Military...
          * Butler Picked as New Illinois Lawmaker
          * Senate Passes Bill to Keep DHS Funded

          * Durbin Announces Federal Funding For Rural......
          * Durbin: First-Of-Its-Kind Report On Solita......
          * Durbin Meets With Transcom Commander For B......

          * Homeland Security funding drama darkens U.......

          * Skokie’s Golan strikers and labor solidarity.
          * Monday Is Casimir Pulaski Day
          * Jesse White Says Mayor Should “Rethink” Red Light Cameras
          * It Was So Much Fun, We're Voting Again On April 7th
          * Is Rauner urging Wilson to support Emanuel, or is he not?
          * Where's Weyermuller? At a Speakeasy with Chicago Young Republicans
          * Big Pharma's PR problem could stymie lawmakers' efforts to limit vaccine choices
          * State Rep. Wheeler: Human-Trafficking -- Closer to Home than You Think
          * FCC approves net neutrality
          * Crowdfunding proposal introduced in Illinois House


          * IEMA Urges People to Prepare for Severe Weather - Tornadoes, floods and severe storms can happen any time of year
          * IDHS helps more than 5,000 individuals with disabilities find jobs - Program offers necessary tools to earn a living wage and become more independent
          * 24th Anniversary Desert Storm Remembrance Ceremony
          * Illinois Department of Human Rights Announces 2015 Spring Training Schedule
          * Snow and Freezing Rain to Impact Travel in Illinois - IDOT Crews Prepared to Battle Winter Weather this Weekend




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