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

Friday, Jan 17, 2014

* Sheila Simon reacts to the AFL-CIO endorsement of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka by the Illinois AFL-CIO

Simon was clearly stung by the show of support to her fall opponent, lashing out at the union brass and insisting she – not Topinka – carried the support of “rank and file working men and women across the state.”

“It’s not surprising that a small group of insiders endorsed Judy Baar Topinka behind closed doors – after their membership had already recommended no endorsement,” Simon spokesman Dave Mellet said. “Sheila is a proud union member who supports a higher minimum wage – unlie Judy Baar Topinka, who called it ‘another giveaway program.’”

Bitter much?

* But

Carrigan said the endorsement doesn’t necessarily mean the union will embrace Topinka over Simon when it does its endorsements in June for the general election.

Yeah, I’m sure the union folks will go with Simon in the fall campaign after she insulted them yesterday.

* More

“Judy has been around decades. She has gone to labor events and labor conferences, and she’s always availed herself to talk to union members. Those countless events and meetings she’s been to paid off for her,” Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan told the Chicago Sun-Times. “She’s just better known throughout the state than Sheila Simon.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        


27 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 10:05 am:

    Sheila should tap Rauner for some cash so she can run against “union bosses.”


  2. - OneMan - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 10:11 am:

    Sad Banjo player is sad….

    Also

    Yeah, nice channeling of your inner Ranner there Sheila…


  3. - Wensicia - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 10:13 am:

    Bad politics.


  4. - LincolnLounger - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 10:15 am:

    There is a sense of entitlement by Sheila that is very troubling. She has achieved nothing on her own politically, and her demands for support on the basis of her father’s career are unseemly.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 10:15 am:

    ===(Comptroller Topinka)has gone to labor events and labor conferences, and she’s always availed herself to talk to union members. Those countless events and meetings she’s been to paid off for her,” Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan told the Chicago Sun-Times. “She’s just better known throughout the state than Sheila Simon.”===

    Says it ALL right there.

    Comptroller Topinka has proven she will outwork Sheila to do what is best, and will out campaign Sheila, understanding politics, Illinois, and being seen as not a knee-jerk reactionary Republican who treats labor like a plague.

    Labor has families. Labor wants a better Illinois. Topinka knows working with all groups, a better Illinois is realized.

    Jim Thompson knew that. Jim Edgar knew that.

    Can’t win a campaign on bitterness. Can’t win a campaign on laziness. Can’t win a campaign relying on presumptions.

    We all call those campaigns…losing campaigns.

    The warm light Pat Quinn bathed Shelia Simon with was retunred with ungratefulness.

    Karma.

    If I was Sheila Simon, I would call my “bestie” Lisa Madigan. They are tight, so she …well, not her, right? Call that “bestie”, and see if Lisa really, truly, wants to stay in the race. running against, arguably, the most popular Republican in Illinois, and without Labor support, and without a campaign aparatus, and without a sense of HOW to run statewide, and given her “name”, her father’s and mother’s careers in the General Assembly, and running statewide …

    How can Sheila Simon be so bereft of political acuem?

    At least Lisa Madigan, the apple… never fell that far from the tree.


  6. - LittleLebowskiUrbanAchiever - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 10:16 am:

    It’s laughable that Sheila would denounce the “behind closed doors” selection. Though she went through Lt Gov Idol auditions in 2010, the decision was made by the Governor…. “behind closed doors”.

    Sheila Siimon, what a joke.


  7. - OneMan - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 10:23 am:

    Closed doors are only bad when you are on the outside of them…


  8. - dupage dan - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 10:32 am:

    On my way to work this morning I was flipping thru the radio dial and landed on the WLS show with Proft and Wolf. They were talking about the Daily Herald debate in which Rauner was saying he is the only candidate who does not take any union money so he is totally independent of that.

    Now, I don’t know if Topinka takes any union money for her campaign but her willingness to meet with these folks despite the fact that she may disagree with them AND the fact that the unions can respect her for that should give Rauner pause in his belief that a single issue like that inoculates him from any trouble - that being in the GOP means the unions are poison.

    As CW said, Edgar and Thompson both understood the complex nature of the intertwined politics in Illinois. With such a large, urban, mostly democratic city coupled with a vast suburban and rural area leaning, in part, more conservative - being a single issue kind of candidate like Rauner may resound with some but in the tough slog leading up to the general, with a seasoned veteran opponent well versed in the populist style of rhetoric that won’t be enough. The same goes for the Comptroller office. Simon seems to have expected this to be a coronation of sorts and appears clueless as to the political reality. Not even an up and coming back bencher.


  9. - Joe Bidenopolous - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 10:45 am:

    “Sheila is a proud union member…”

    Really? The Lt. Gov. is in a union?


  10. - John A Logan - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 10:51 am:

    Sheila could not win the Mayoral election in Carbondale. That alone tells the tale of her political prowess. She was picked by Quinn for one reason, Simon looked good on a bumper sticker.


  11. - Nick - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 10:54 am:

    Serious question : why did the AFLCIO not endorse in the other four statewide races, or did I just miss something?


  12. - dave - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 11:13 am:

    **Serious question : why did the AFLCIO not endorse in the other four statewide races, or did I just miss something?**

    You just missed something:

    http://ilafl-cio.org/documents/COPEendorsements11614.pdf


  13. - lake county democrat - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 11:29 am:

    Snark aside, unions have often engaged in backstabbing behavior. Look at the police/firefighters in Milwaukee cutting deals with Scot Walker to save *their* bargaining rights. Look at the Teamsters. Why exactly is Simon the villain here? Is their any policy reasons why Topinka would be more labor friendly than Simon? Or if it’s pure Combine looting of the public, why isn’t that more condemnable?


  14. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 11:38 am:

    ===Or if it’s pure Combine looting of the public, why isn’t that more condemnable?===

    That was Kasserific!

    ===Is their any policy reasons why Topinka would be more labor friendly than Simon?===

    I think if you read the rationale by the Union as to why, your answer is there. Comptroller Topinka earned … earned … their trust and their endorsement, while Sheila hoped and counted… on their endorsement.

    Sheila Simon is not a villian.

    The politics Sheila Simon has practiced with the “Sneedlings” and the posturing, and the Copmtroller race as a true 2nd Choice, brough on by a bad decision to make it quite clear AG is/was her first choice …

    Sheila is not a villian, Sheila is a victim to her own decisions, leading up to talking on, arguably, the most popular Republican in Illinois, as her almost admitted 2nd or 3rd choice office, behind AG, and deferring LG and Treasurer, the easier roads.


  15. - Deep South - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 11:47 am:

    ===Sheila is a victim to her own decisions===

    That, my friend, is called hitting the nail squarely on the head.


  16. - Now What? - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 12:21 pm:

    “whaddya gonna do, vote Republi . . .oh wait”


  17. - ZC - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 12:21 pm:

    1. Never get involved in a land war in Asia.

    2. Never run against JBT in a non-gubernatorial.


  18. - Meanderthal - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 12:40 pm:

    Private sector and the trade unions have more of history of supporting the GOP than the public employee unions.


  19. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 12:41 pm:

    ===more of history of supporting the GOP than the public employee unions. ===

    The history of the IEA in the suburbs and AFSCME Downstate would contradict your notion.


  20. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 12:46 pm:

    Operating Engineers, Carpenters, Painters & Decorators at Mc Cormack Place …

    I don’t know, I think there is a bit of a Union history with the GOP


  21. - Demoralized - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 12:54 pm:

    Has Sheila Simon done anything in her campaign besides issue bitter statements about Judy Baar Topinka? Her campaign is absolutely pathetic.


  22. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 1:04 pm:

    My bad on the listing of the trades.

    Was trying to point out it is not just a passing support they give, but blew past your point, where Rich really addressed a discrepancy.

    Apologies.


  23. - Amalia - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 1:06 pm:

    Get it together Sheila. This is not how you do it.


  24. - Mouthy - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 1:14 pm:

    “Operating Engineers, Carpenters, Painters & Decorators at Mc Cormack Place …”
    You forgot Teamsters…


  25. - Century Club - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 1:28 pm:

    I can understand being disappointed by not getting a key endorsement, but if she didn’t see that coming it’s on her. Topinka is a moderate Republican who has cultivated relationships across the ideological spectrum on a number of issues. As long as she’s running for an office that doesn’t give her veto power on those issues, I’m sure the state fed won’t be the only Dem leaning interest group to back her. I think in a Blue State like Illinois, with Oberweiss and Rauner making the Republican ticket so extreme, Simon has a chance, but she’s going to have to get it on her own.

    Also, nothing says I’m a true friend of labor more than repeating corporate attack lines, like “small group of insiders”.


  26. - Marie - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 2:11 pm:

    Sheila - you had no experience before Lt Gov - and you still have no ecperience - you are not your father


  27. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 3:07 pm:

    Has anyone figured out which union Simon claims proud membership? Local 313 Banjo Pickers?


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Rauner vetoes several union-backed bills
* This just in... Illinois Supreme Court accepts direct appeal of remap case
* Social service providers claim administration has "unchecked discretion" over paying off old contracts
* GOP poll: Kirk and Duckworth essentially tied, Clinton leads by 14
* Today's quotable
* The Roger Ailes connection to Illinois
* Even more editorial support for the Independent Map Amendment
* Question of the day
* Today in Illinois history
* *** LIVE COVERAGE *** Rauner education press conference
* Trump's best point of the night
* Mrs. Rauner appears to support Turnaround Agenda strategy
* Caption contest!
* Adding some context to Rauner's e-mail diatribe
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Oh, this ought to be good
* Rauner apologizes for making "unfair, untrue" comments in old e-mail
* 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

  
* Evan Blass leaks Apple iPhone 7 release date
* SurveyMonkey proclaims peak Pokemon GO in US
* Instant hidden rebate for Moto G4 on Amazon
* Dots & Co. tweaks the Dots games by adding a friendly companion
* iPhone 7 Plus? iPhone 7 Pro? Here’s a video showing either or both of them
* T-Mobile upgrade fee for assisted service to affect few
* Verizon and Yahoo said to be days from announcing $5 billion deal

* Could Morneau help end Sox offensive woes?
* Morneau's blast not enough as Sox fall
* Rangers making effort to acquire lefty Sale
* Lawrie's sore hamstring won't lead to DL stint
* Tigers 7, White Sox 5: Carson Fulmer falters in first test
* Morneau's blast not enough as Sox fall
* Sale out for win No. 15 vs. Tigers

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


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

Archives
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
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


* Rauner Vetoes Construction-Wage, Homecare-Worke.....
* Rauner OKs Regulating Police Use of Cell-Site S.....
* Gov. Rauner Signs Education Bills, Apologizes A.....


* EXCHANGE: Developmentally disabled musicians are dedicated
* EXCHANGE: Crystal Lake ballerina dances way into Juilliard
* Coroner's office: Illinois plane crash killed Florida man
* Illinois officials seeking dead birds for West Nile tracking
* East Peoria getting grant to demolish landslide homes
* Coroner's office: Illinois plane crash killed Florida man
* Rauner OKs regulating police use of cell-site simulators
* Illinois Supreme Court to consider remap ballot measure
* Rauner vetoes construction-wage, homecare-worker pay hikes
* Chicago agency shows willingness to side against officers

* Rauner OKs regulating police use of cell-site simulators
* Illinois Supreme Court to consider remap ballot measure
* Rauner vetoes construction-wage, homecare-worker pay increases
* Rauner apologizes, Chicago teachers protest over 2011 email questioning their competency
* Providers: Stop gap budget won't have 'meaningful' impact
* Rauner apologizes for calling Chicago teachers illiterate
* Illinois ordered to rethink medical marijuana for migraines
* Rauner once called Chicago teachers 'virtually illiterate'
* Gov. Rauner signs early childhood law
* Rauner once called Chicago public school teachers 'virtually illiterate'

* Jury finds rooftop owner guilty on charges he cheated Cubs
* Coming Soon: Joffrey Ballet on Navy Pier
* Airlines rake in cash as fares stay cheap. What's wrong with this picture?
* Ulta on State Street permanently closes its doors


* Man shot in West Englewood
* Man shot in North Lawndale
* Man wounded in Washington Heights shooting
* Man shot in Dunning
* Man seriously wounded in Gresham shooting
* Elderly man with dementia missing from Austin
* Woman shot in East Garfield Park
* Clearance sale, rebuild would be best option for White Sox
* Man, woman critically wounded in West Englewood shooting
* These Cubs have far more than White Sox on their minds


* 2 dead, 12 wounded in Chicago shootings
* What if Cubs had rented Hall of Famer Mike Piazza in '98? We'll never know
* Cubs' Joe Maddon not toying around with Carl Edwards Jr.
* Shaky Jacob Turner start dooms White Sox in 7-5 loss to Tigers
* Cubs' Carl Edwards Jr. on his scoreless sixth inning vs. Brewers
* In return, Dexter Fowler sparks Cubs in 5-2 victory over Brewers
* Friday's recap: Tigers 7, White Sox 5
* Friday's recap: Cubs 5, Brewers 2
* Illinois Supreme Court to consider remap ballot measure
* Quick trip around Major League Baseball


* Joel Erickson: Sen. Kirk must stand up for veterans' rights
* Charles Krauthammer: Notes from Cleveland: The two-part rebellion
* Rauner OKs regulating police use of cell-site simulators
* Illinois Supreme Court to consider remap ballot measure
* Rauner vetoes construction-wage, homecare-worker pay increases
* Rauner apologizes, Chicago teachers protest over 2011 email questioning their competency
* Providers: Stop gap budget won't have 'meaningful' impact
* Rauner apologizes for calling Chicago teachers illiterate
* Illinois ordered to rethink medical marijuana for migraines
* Rauner once called Chicago teachers 'virtually illiterate'


* Nasty heat, humidity continues to cover Q-C region
* Bost rebounds in campaign funding for July quarterly; Baricevic out-raised him in early periods
* Vacation Bible Camps
* Clinton Franciscans select new president
* Religion Briefs
* Levee decertificatuion could be a disaster for Prairie Du Rocher
* Fred Thomas
* Virginia Johnson
* Eric Newkirk Sr.
* Betty Kranawetter


* Police chief: Suspect in shooting was born and raised in Munich
* Police chief: The crime and the perpetrator had "absolutely no" link to the issue of refugees
* Police chief: Search of Munich suspect's home and room shows 'no evidence' of links to Islamic State
* Sunderland hires Moyes to replace Allardyce as manager
* The Latest: Munich declares a day of mourning

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Senators Durbin, Kirk Announce Reopening O......

* Letter: Kirk's integrity - Northwest Herald...
* Residents can apply for mortgage help thro......

* Saw the new "Purge" movie recently
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* “Incompetent” and “Illiterate?” Could we say governor is “Clueless?”
* Trump Formally Accepts GOP Presidential Nomination
* Clinton Picks Kaine As Running Mate
* Top CEOs Made Less In 2015, But They Still Earned 276 Times More Than Average Worker
* Five Public Hearings Scheduled On Chicago Police Reform
* Outside Review Of Chicago Law Department Recommends Improvements
* Illinois Unemployment Rate Falls To 6.2 Percent In June
* Rauner Apologizes For Calling Chicago Teachers 'Virtually Illiterate' In 2011 Email


* Discount Admission Tickets Available For Purchase At Area Retailers - Fair to extend purchasing hours at Emmerson Building
* Governor Announces Appointments
* New Halsted Street Bridge Finished at Byrne Interchange, Multimodal Travel, Neighborhood Connectivity Enhanced - Last of Eisenhower bridges to be completed, project moves into next phase
* No Pokemon Go access on Veteran Home’s grounds
* Governor Takes Bill Action




Hosted by MCS -- CapitolFax.com Privacy Policy -- SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax -- Advertise Here -- Mobile Version -- Contact Rich Miller