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Rauner mascot to hound Quinn

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014

* From the Rauner campaign…

Introducing Quinnocchio

Pat Quinn’s alter-ego, Quinnocchio, is making his first appearance today alongside the governor at his noon campaign stop at Linné Elementary School to remind him of his broken promises.

Discuss.

…Adding… Here’s the governor’s press release for today’s school visit…

Governor Pat Quinn today visited Carl von Linné Elementary School in Chicago and discussed his fiscal year 2015 budget proposal and five-year blueprint to raise state investment in the classroom to its highest point in Illinois history. As a result of tackling the cost drivers behind the financial crisis he inherited, the Governor was able to present a budget that invests an additional $6 billion in education over the next five years.

“The future of Illinois’ economy depends on the quality of our education,” Governor Quinn said. “All students—no matter where they live—deserve to go to a first-rate school. That is why my budget proposal invests like never before in education and support for early childhood development.”

The Governor’s investment in education in the FY15 budget includes:

    · Investing $100 million in Birth to Five in FY15, with a total five-year investment of $1.5 billion, a game-changing investment to expand access to prenatal care; early care and learning opportunities for every child; and strong parent support.
    · Expanding dual enrollment and early college programs.
    · Investing an additional $50 million in the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) to expand opportunity for 21,000 students to attend college. The proposal calls for doubling MAP scholarships over the next five years.
    · Modernizing classrooms across the state to ensure every student attends a first-rate school.

Since taking office, Governor Quinn has fought to preserve education from radical budget cuts, and built and repaired 978 schools. In his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Address, Governor Quinn laid out an honest and responsible budget for the next fiscal year along with a five-year blueprint that will secure the state’s finances for the long-term, provide significant tax relief to homeowners and working families and invest like never before in education and early childhood.

For more than 100 years Carl von Linné School has been providing a world-class education to children in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago. The mission of Carl Von Linné Elementary School is to prepare students for college and career by providing a rigorous research-based instructional program, aligned to the Common Core State Standards, with a focus on educating the “whole child.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        


106 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:09 pm:

    Quinn: “Release Squeezy from the Chamber of Secrets.”


  2. - PublicServant - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:09 pm:

    Is the guy being paid minimum wage?


  3. - OurMagician - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:10 pm:

    Why are his legs bleeding?


  4. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:10 pm:

    Quinn should have a “chicken” with a Payton Prep t-shirt on, with a Carhartt coat and “Flavor Flav” click around the neck, so when Rauner ducks Quinn, the “chicken” is there.

    Thought it was funny for the Primary…


  5. - Anon - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:11 pm:

    Rauner provides a glimpse into his jobs creation plan.


  6. - Whatever - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:11 pm:

    Childish.


  7. - spliff - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:12 pm:

    Just goes to show how bad the economy is in this state!


  8. - wordslinger - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:13 pm:

    Seriously, though I feel sorry for the dude playing the role.

    I’ve done some guerilla marketing stuff in the past, and the “actors” take some humiliating abuse on the street.


  9. - spliff - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:13 pm:

    Not to mention couldn’t he have at least gone to Kinko’s and made a nice sign.


  10. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:14 pm:

    I miss Squeezy.

    That Rauner Crew; always about making it flashy, but no substance, no building of a Field Organization, or even being in the State for a Budget Address….


  11. - Upon Further Review - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:15 pm:

    The nose is too short. Quinn has lied more than once about the income tax increase. In the 2010 campaign he claimed to be against it and promised not to sign such an increase into law if it passed. After winning the election, he broke his promise and signed the tax increase, but assured us that it would be temporary, etc.

    I think that the nose ought to be a foot longer.


  12. - Midstate Indy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:15 pm:

    Rauner for Governor, Inc. implements new campaign-wide dress code policy.


  13. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:16 pm:

    I thought Quinnochio had a purple tie?


  14. - have given up - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:18 pm:

    Really lame - way too many months of lame to come


  15. - Midstate Indy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:19 pm:

    Squeezy was the ticket, -wordslinger- might be on to something with the Harry Potter bit - based purely on substance, Rauner’s entire campaign reminds me of the various employees at Gringotts…


  16. - Stones - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:19 pm:

    I find it humorous! And I agree with Magician - what’s with the legs?


  17. - OneMan - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:19 pm:

    Kind of funny…

    Better photos show the legs are not bleeding but supposed to look like wood I guess..

    It’s no flippy the dolphin.


  18. - SAP - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:20 pm:

    Makes the Mr. Burns ad look like the acme of professionalism.


  19. - OneMan - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:21 pm:

    For those of you who don’t remember Flippy

    http://capitolfax.com/wp-mobile.php?p=65&more=1


  20. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:23 pm:

    The Goblins at Gringott’s Bank = Raunerites and Raunerbots.

    That is pretty solid.


  21. - Finally Out (formerly Ready to Get Out) - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:23 pm:

    All I could think of is I feel sorry for this guy. That has to be one humiliating gig.

    As I looked at it again, I am wondering why he is on a street that appears to be deserted?


  22. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:25 pm:

    I want to deride this as immature and childish.

    At the same time, I can’t help but smile and like it. It’s far more creative than the classic guy-in-a-chicken-suit, and the name fits.


  23. - Pot calling kettle - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:31 pm:

    I can’t wait! I imagine this as a trend which will spawn dozens of characters trailing each candidate. Perhaps a grim reaper/nursing home administrator for Rauner, then a snake oil salesman trailing Quinn, then an uncle moneybags trailing Rauner…


  24. - Jorge - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:31 pm:

    Utterly embarrassing. This makes Clark the Cub look like an advertising marble.


  25. - Jorge - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:32 pm:

    Oops. Marvel. That’s a bad autocorrect.


  26. - Easy to be Bruce - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:34 pm:

    Where’s the plan, Bruce?


  27. - Soccermom - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:36 pm:

    Word, thou standest alone.


  28. - William j Kelly - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:36 pm:

    I wonder how rauner feels about that Rahm impersonator shadowing his campaign….. Oh wait that IS RAHM!!


  29. - From the 'Dale to HP - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:37 pm:

    Rauner, you have to convince people to vote for you. This does not help convince anyone that you are a leader or have a plan, let alone mature enough, to be governor. I’m all about having fun, but this is an embarrassment.


  30. - Ghost of John Brown - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:37 pm:

    It’s in the low 30’s here. Seems like he is at least committed to his cause protesting in shorts.


  31. - Anon - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:38 pm:

    Quinnochio?
    Four years ago, Quinn campaigned in favor of a permanent 1% tax hike. He signed a temporary 2% hike. Now he is campaigning in favor of making the 2% permanent. Where exactly are all the lies?


  32. - Midstate Indy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:38 pm:

    On a side note - check out the Crain’s Taco Bell story on the sidebar. I just pulled up 10 different Pat Quinn’s in Illinois…. I’m Pat Quinn & I love Bruce Rauner’s jobs/economy/blahblahblah plan, etc.


  33. - Carl Nyberg - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:38 pm:

    Has Rauner produced a budget for Illinois?

    Or is that too complicated for him?


  34. - Laflin - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:41 pm:

    It will be interesting to see if the “L-word” enters Rauner’s vocabulary, the man himself, before the end of the campaign.

    For now they seem to be sticking to “broken promises.”


  35. - a drop in - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:41 pm:

    Looks like Rauner lost a lot of weight.


  36. - too obvious - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:53 pm:

    So juvenile.

    Can’t Rauner use a tiny little bit of his billion dollars to give that poor kid a real job?


  37. - too obvious - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:54 pm:

    What’s next, is Rauner going to bring back that old rubber chicken shtick too?


  38. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:59 pm:

    Amateurish.

    The guy doesn’t look like Quinn. If Rauner can throw millions into his campaign, he should be able to invest in a Quinn mask.

    “Quinnocchio, is making his first appearance today alongside the governor at his noon campaign stop at Linné Elementary School to remind him of his broken promises.”

    Quinn went to a school to discuss his plan to improve education in Illinois and Rauner was there protesting it. Not sure it’s the best campaign photo-op for Rauner.


  39. - Arizona Bob - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:05 pm:

    On the second part of the story, it’s interesting that Quinn talks about spedning more money but doesn’t set any objective performance meassurable goals he expects to be achieved, or what happens if it’s proven out that the hundreds of millions he’ll be stealing form families in taxes did anything more than fatten the wallets of the educrats.

    Any serious plan for improving the abysmal quality of education in Illinois MUST be accompanied by standards that must be met, otherwise the spending is only patronage pork with which the unions can launder state money into campaign cash for him.

    The sad part is that parents outside the charter community aren’t interested enough to demand the quality of education for which we all pay big time…and we sure can’t count on Quinn to hold Big ed accountable in loco parentis.


  40. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:07 pm:

    So just when did Soy Boy get to be too cool to mock?

    I’ve got a question for you “Quinnbots” - do you think Pat was too incompetent to recognize the need for making his Quinncome Tax permanent - or too dishonest to tell us truthfully?

    Please explain how a competent governor be “surprised” by his budget needs within a span of year?

    It seems a lot of you guys are perfectly comfortable with a governor misleading….uh, wait a minute - you guys also voted for Rod Blagojevich too, right?

    OK - now I better understand. You LIKE to be mislead if it means misleading everyone to something you approved of politically.

    You are all Quinnocchioes?


  41. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:08 pm:

    LOL!


  42. - ah HA - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    why is Quinn at a grade school talking about adult topics??


  43. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    I just did that “Quinnbot” naming to make OW comfortable.


  44. - Arizona Bob - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    =Quinn went to a school to discuss his plan to improve education in Illinois=

    He did no such thing. He only presented his plan to make education more expensive, not better quality.

    When he proposes a plan to fund the child through the school that fits them best through vouchers, protect the children from union extortion and blackmail through strikes, and come up with an educational methodology instead of the “common Core” disaster that puts the money where it does the students the most good rather than for the educrats, THEN he’ll be talking about improving education.

    Never….Happen.


  45. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:13 pm:

    To the Post, and all kidding aside;

    This seems to be a “Problem” for the Rauner Crew.

    Let’s not forget the amateurish “acceptance” speech Bruce gave. The yelling, the mashing of talking points that make no sense and the blathering. Very amateurish. Money can’t buy class.

    These type of stunts keep the Blago similarities fresh on my mind as well. It’s as though. “I have money, take me serious, even though I take none of this serious myself.”

    Rauner can’t out “Quinn” Pat Quinn. Being amateurish reminds me adults need to solve adult problems. Squeezy was so roundly rejected, it lead to withholding pay of legislators. Will “Quinnoccio” lead to the swearing in of a governor who is going to shutdown the state because the Constitution is too big a hurdle to understand?

    Rauner is scary on many fronts. “Quinnoccio” reminds me of this. Pathetic.


  46. - OneMan - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:14 pm:

    VM

    What are you doing…

    Come on it’s everything Bruce does is bad here now, everything Quinn did is forgiven…

    Get with the program….


  47. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:20 pm:

    ===I just did that “Quinnbot” naming to make OW comfortable.===

    Well that is fun!

    I would have thought “Quinn-Bot” might be a better spelling, given the double “n”, but looks fun the way you have it.

    - OneMan -,

    If I knew how Rauner might govern that us not voting against my better self, I might be more pleasant. I don’t think Quinn’s Crew would call me an apologist for the governor, but I see the politics of MJM, Cullerton, Quinn, their game plan, and GOTV history of success; that us not being an apologist, it’s being a realist of what November might bring.


  48. - Amuzing Myself - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:23 pm:

    Someone raises a really interesting point in the comments. Where IS Rahm in the race? Now that we’re in the general and Rahm isn’t radioactive to targeted voters (INDs) anymore, If Rahm quietly helps Rauner, this will be a route. Rahms not stupid. If he sees change and improvement for Chicago/himself, I could see him figuring out a way to get Rauner an extra five to ten percent in Chicago.


  49. - Amuzing Myself - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:24 pm:

    BTW, it’s only amateurish if they don’t get any media to cover it. Otherwise, it’s a useful gimmick.


  50. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:25 pm:

    Hmmmm! No where in that glowing press release does Quinn mention tax increases . . .


  51. - Obamas Puppy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:27 pm:

    Is he being paid minimum wage or the Rauner wage?


  52. - Pensioner - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:28 pm:

    Put an $18 watch and Carharrt jacket on Squeezy.


  53. - Demoralized - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:30 pm:

    ==No where in that glowing press release does Quinn mention tax increases . . .==

    Probably because there aren’t any.


  54. - Downstater - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:30 pm:

    =That Rauner Crew; always about making it flashy, but no substance, no building of a Field Organization=
    Opps. Rauner won the primary.


  55. - Demoralized - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:33 pm:

    @Downstater:

    I dislike Rauner immensely, but man, the person that said that must have been completely asleep over the past several months. Sheesh.


  56. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:34 pm:

    Critics, please. These stunts make press and can move the daily news stories from “Quinn goes to a school” to “Quinn goes to a school and is met by heckler reminding people of Quinn’s switch on taxes”. They work to control narrative. Rauner’s doing it, Quinn’s done it with Monopoly man, others in the past have done it like the Kirk and the GOP with Giannoulias and the mob guy. It’s nothing new and can be effective


  57. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:35 pm:

    - Downstater -,

    Brady won the Primary with less than 50% of the ballots cast, with no Field Organization against Quinn in the General, and leading in every poll except Election Day…

    I have seen how this movie ends against Quinn with no Firld Operations… maybe you don’t remember, lol.


  58. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:38 pm:

    “union extortion and blackmail through strikes”

    Is this the new right wing attack angle on unions? I read or heard that they’re trying to eliminate the ability to strike in Tennessee.

    How goes it with all those disgruntled but proud union members who want to toss out collective bargaining and other union benefits?


  59. - Observation - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:39 pm:

    –2015 budge proposal and five-year blueprint to raise state investment in the classroom —

    Just what a 2nd grader needs to hear at a school assembly. Jeez!


  60. - MrJM - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:43 pm:

    But Rauner’s team made sure that “Quinnochio” isn’t already the Twitter handle of an anti-Quinn RACIST, right? Right?!?

    Nope.

    http://static.ow.ly/photos/original/52KPI.jpg

    Which would be worse: That Rauner campaign knew or that they didn’t know?

    – MrJM


  61. - wordslinger - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:45 pm:

    – Rauner’s team made sure that “Quinnochio” isn’t already the Twitter handle of an anti-Quinn RACIST, right? Right?!?

    Oops.


  62. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:47 pm:

    ==Brady won the Primary with less than 50% of the ballots cast, with no Field Organization against Quinn in the General, and leading in every poll except Election Day…==

    Brady lost to Quinn on Election Day because he ignored one County that has 40% of the State’s voters


  63. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:49 pm:

    ===I dislike Rauner immensely, but man, the person that said that must have been completely asleep over the past several months. Sheesh.===

    Can you point out the Field Operations and GOTV Rauner had on Election Day? If you count the “Call me, Maybe?” Schtick as Field Ops, then maybe you better learn from Quinn 2010 what Field Ops are for a Statewide.

    Commercials are not Field Ops, FYI.


  64. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:53 pm:

    ===Brady lost to Quinn on Election Day because he ignored one County that has 40% of the State’s voters===

    …and Quinn had Field Operations all over Cook, along with Terry Cosgrove, and the Unions downstate mobilizing against Brady.

    It was a total statewide, multi-pronged GOTV. Brady had … none.

    Rauner had none in the Primary. Can’t re-write history, but you get one Quinnoccio… lol…


  65. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:54 pm:

    == If you count the “Call me, Maybe?” Schtick as Field Ops, then maybe you better learn from Quinn 2010 what Field Ops are for a Statewide.==

    And let’s not forget how such a terrible GOTV operation idea also led to the defeat of Kirk and most GOP congressional candidates in 2010.


  66. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:03 pm:

    Bustos, Foster, and Schneider then won in 2012, … Mark Kirk carried the day for himself in 2010… Brady’s demise lead to the remap making both Chambers Democratically veto-proof.

    Boy, keep thinking “Call Me, Maybe” was good…


  67. - wordslinger - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:03 pm:

    –Brady lost to Quinn on Election Day because he ignored one County that has 40% of the State’s voters–

    Brady’s spots were on constantly in the Chicago metro.

    And there are hundreds of thousands of loyal GOP voters in Cook County — exponentially more than any other county in the state, for those who are hung up on counties.

    But, for some inexplicable reason, the county organization is a shell, a joke, except in a few townships.

    The GOP cannot get their peeps to knock on doors and get out their plusses. It wasn’t always that way. But it has been for a long time.

    I’ve been in my Oak Park house for 25 years. I’ve pulled GOP and Dem ballots at primary time.

    Every general election, I get three or four door knocks from the local Dem party, whether it was Rock or Harmon. Lots of lit drops.

    And my ancient precinct captain is on the street walking his dog every day, just checking in. He knows my kids names and what they’re up to.

    I’ve never had a GOP door knock in 25 years. I’ve had one piece of lit — from Jason Plummer.

    There’s no crying when you’re outhustled.


  68. - Roadiepig - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:06 pm:

    Just went to the Twitter “Quinnoccio” (feedhttp://t.co/kdl2FpOniQ) - wow. Just wow. So much hate from only 140 characters or less.

    It’s obvious that person (who has used that Twitter handle for some time it appears) really doesn’t like people of color. Irrational hatred of others that aren’t the same as them remains hard for me to understand, but then again I look for the good in others.

    You would think that such a well-oiled campaign machine would do a little checking around before using a name for their “positions and well thought out proposals”


  69. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:11 pm:

    ==Bustos, Foster, and Schneider then won in 2012==

    With a new map. You conveniently leave out Rodney Davis, the “call me maybe” head in 2010, winning in 2012 in a district drawn for D’s. And that Kirk’s “water” in 2010 came from a similar well


  70. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:13 pm:

    Lest not forget - Walsh/Duckworth…

    Walsh best Bean on the Streets with the Tea Party, then lost it on the Streets with his own insane antics…

    Brady’s loss by being out-hustled by Quinn’s GOTV has taught nothing it seems…

    Maps or not, crutch or not, MJM won against a GOP “map”; winning in part to… GOTV.

    So Rauner had Field Ops? Good luck with that…


  71. - Demoralized - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:17 pm:

    “punched in the gut”


  72. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:18 pm:

    Maps don’t lose elections when turnout is so low, you can manipulate voter turnout. The crossovers against Rauner proved a 20 point lead fades to a 2.8 point win in a 4-way race.

    “Call me, Maybe” was a pathetic attempt for some to seem relevant.

    Losing Brady WAS relevant.


  73. - Jimbo - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:19 pm:

    I fully agree Rauner has done some great campaigning and he has a good chance to beat Quinn even though I would hate to see him do so.

    This particular stunt eases my mind a bit, because it is so hackish, cheesy and childish. If his “top notch” campaign is thinking stuff like this will help them win, then they aren’t as scary as I thought.


  74. - Jimbo - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:21 pm:

    VMan, I don’t think Quinn ever campaigned for a “temporary” tax. Yes he did support it when it was passed, even though it was double his campaign pledge and temporary, but I’m pretty sure I remember him campaigning on a permanent tax increase to 4%.


  75. - IrishPirate - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:24 pm:

    How bout the Quinn campaign hire someone to follow Rauner around dressed as the Monopoly guy.

    http://platinumadvertisingllc.com/blog/?attachment_id=551

    Then hire some teenage actors to follow Rauner around as the “kids who didn’t get into Payton” group and all we got was this stupid “Rauner for Governor” T-Shirt.


  76. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:26 pm:

    He’s already done that, IrishPirate


  77. - Johnny Q. Suburban - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:27 pm:

    -OW- Agreed that Rauner hasn’t proven his field ops bonafides yet, but the presence of so many Kirk people on the payroll would lead me to believe they know their stuff.

    Further, not sure how anyone with a straight face can argue that Schneider over Dold could be chalked up to GOP GOTV failure considering the 10th is D+8, Obama won the new district by 16% and Schneider by 1%. To make up that kind of ground has to be because of superior ground game.


  78. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:35 pm:

    ===Further, not sure how anyone with a straight face can argue that Schneider over Dold could be chalked up to GOP GOTV failure considering the 10th is D+8, Obama won the new district by 16% and Schneider by 1%. To make up that kind of ground has to be because of superior ground game.===

    So,

    What was turnout? Was turnout so high, that finding “Pluses” becomes irrelevant? Nope.

    See, the reason campaigns fail in understanding Ground Game rules is this idea that maximizing the impact of voting every possible “plus” makes little or no difference in a big picture vote total.

    Brady lost by 4 more votes a Precinct, with a turnout NOT at 90%… so votes are out there to find.

    When I hear a campaign voted every single one of their pluses, and confirmed those pluses on the streets, regardless of a turnout factor, and then loses, that will be a first.


  79. - DoubleDown - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:38 pm:

    LOL, at work we actually laughed at this, kinda brought smiles to my co workers, It’s been a rough day so far.

    Think it is pretty effective, mind processes information with pictures initially & associations.


  80. - Rod - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:42 pm:

    Re: Amuzing Myself. So in exactly what manner is Mayor Emanuel communicating his secret help supporting Mr. Rauner down to the ward level in the city? Up to now Mayor Emanuel has not attempted to take control of the regular Democratic ward committees in the city that get out the vote or at least try to, nor have there been any rumors in the Chicago media that Mayor Emanuel is double dealing Quinn.

    Lastly the extension of the income tax rate and the Madigan millionaire tax can’t but help the fiscal situation of the Chicago Public Schools and we know pretty well where Mr. Rauner stands on those issues.

    Besides a good Irish Leprechaun will put a beating on a Quinnocchio any day. So I am sticking with Lucky Pat.


  81. - IrishPirate - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:44 pm:

    - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:26 pm:

    He’s already done that, IrishPirate

    Hmmm, I missed that. Time to step away from the Crimea news and pay more attention to local politics!


  82. - Johnny Q. Suburban - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:58 pm:

    ==Brady lost by 4 more votes a Precinct, with a turnout NOT at 90%… so votes are out there to find.==

    Not sure where I was defending Bill Brady. Obviously his loss was entirely on him. Which is why I think it was a good idea Rauner hired Dold/Kirk people.

    ==When I hear a campaign voted every single one of their pluses, and confirmed those pluses on the streets, regardless of a turnout factor, and then loses, that will be a first.==

    Ha. No campaign could ever do this and you know that. There’s the theoretical and then there’s the practical. Are you arguing that with the right field staff no race is unwinnable for any party? I just don’t agree. Hand pick a GOP dream team and put them in IL-7 and Danny Davis still rolls. Similarly, put the top Dem aides in IL-15 and my money is still on Shimkus. There’s what’s possible and theory and what’s possible in reality. Field work is extremely important and extremely overlooked because it’s not flashy. For a GOPer to win statewide in IL you need a great field team to identify and turnout plusses. A great field ops can do the right things and still lose if the PVI is too great. It’s necessary, but not sufficient.

    Clearly the numbers show that Dold team identified and turned out his plusses because it’s not like those plusses were voting GOP on any other races considering how HGOP and SGOP got cleaned out across Lake County. Dismissing what Dold did just strikes me as bizarre.

    Fact is, I’m not sure there are any GOP field staffs in the state better equipped to win a tough election than Dold/Kirk staffers who have turned out voters on unfriendly turf before and I was impressed that Rauner snatched so many of them up.

    Necessary but not sufficient.


  83. - Having Fun - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:59 pm:

    How about Quinn have a couple of gangbangers handing out anti-violence flyers. Oops, already tried that.


  84. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:12 pm:

    Isn’t Pinocchio trademarked? LOL


  85. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:15 pm:

    ===Are you arguing that with the right field staff no race is unwinnable for any party?===

    Not at all. I though Dold was “Competitive” seat? If your idea that Dold was not then, I wouldn’t waste my time now helping Dold.

    ===Field work is extremely important and extremely overlooked because it’s not flashy. For a GOPer to win statewide in IL you need a great field team to identify and turnout plusses===

    That is the Ball Game. Brady learned the hard way in 2010, “Call me, Maybe?”, In 2012, without any follow through on all those calls reinforced that. Again.

    ===Clearly the numbers show that Dold team identified and turned out his plusses because it’s not like those plusses were voting GOP on any other races considering how HGOP and SGOP got cleaned out across Lake County. Dismissing what Dold did just strikes me as bizarre.===

    Here is the “Rub” - turnout versus identified pluses and voting them in a Congressional Seat seen as “Competitive” tells me that votes are left on the table, simple as that. They were. You feel all the pluses were maximized? Turnout factors into my thought, is all.

    ===Fact is, I’m not sure there are any GOP field staffs in the state better equipped to win a tough election than Dold/Kirk staffers who have turned out voters on unfriendly turf before and I was impressed that Rauner snatched so many of them up.===

    Money. Money talks. It always has. Plus, it helps Kirk’d flank against a “Schock”ing attack on Sen. Kirk. Lots of possible moving parts at play.

    There was no GOTV for Rauner. The impact of 20 days and the Unions “McGyvering” a 17.2 point reduction of a margin tells me the Unions are ready to try to repeat 2010 against Brady. Is Rauner going to be ready on the streets? The primary dry run seems to point in a negative direction.


  86. - Norseman - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:15 pm:

    I agree with Spliff that the millionaire could have spent a couple of bucks on a better sign.

    OneMan, I have great respect for you and seldom look askance at the views of a fellow Auroran and NIU alum. However, I’m concerned with your overgeneralization of the Rauner opposition. Most of us who are opposed to Rauner don’t do so because we think Quinn is a good governor. Quite the opposite, Quinn has been incompetent. It’s just that we see Rauner as another Blago flying under Republican colors. Not that Rauner will be looking for money, but he will continue the chaos and damage Blago brought to state government.

    My only hope if Rauner gets elected is that he wasn’t truthful in his aggressive statements toward the General Assembly and the constituency groups and works with folks on solutions. That will be the best course for governing, but his core supporters would be disappointed. I can’t take a chance that he is going to do that, so I intend to vote for Willy.


  87. - Just Observing - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:21 pm:

    The sign needs to be tighter with the message. What is the lie? We all know he is referring to the temp. income tax, but others may not.


  88. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:25 pm:

    ===Most of us who are opposed to Rauner don’t do so because we think Quinn is a good governor. Quite the opposite, Quinn has been incompetent. It’s just that we see Rauner as another Blago flying under Republican colors. Not that Rauner will be looking for money, but he will continue the chaos and damage Blago brought to state government.===

    It should shock no one why I am beyond comfortable with - Norseman - running the campaign. As much as that us pure fun in that statement, it is also, equally, meant with high respect.

    To - Norseman - post,

    That grab I just took is exactly, perfectly, and unchallenging any word, the perfect explanation as to why I, personally, stand as I do.

    Period.

    Great explanation. Thanks.


  89. - Responsa - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:36 pm:

    I cannot believe the lack of sense of humor on this thread. C’mon people. Yes. It’s a stunt. Quinnocchio is a clever photo op created to reinforce a key campaign message. Now that it’s warmer out I bet a *lot* of unhappy people in this state would be happy to “shadow” Quinn in a crazy outfit, too.


  90. - Anon. - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:45 pm:

    ==As I looked at it again, I am wondering why he is on a street that appears to be deserted?==

    It’s right there in the first sentence of the PR:

    “Quinnocchio, is making his first appearance today alongside the governor at his noon campaign stop . . .”


  91. - Ahoy! - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:48 pm:

    At the same time Quinn is going to be campaigning/defending making the income tax permanent he’s going to be blasted about handing out $50 million dollars in grants to connected Chicago politicians (along with economy, budget & mismanagement). I’m not sure Illinois voters are just going to say, well, that $50 million isn’t going to solve all our problems.

    There is some deep problems here for Quinn, Quinnocchio is just a silly stunt, although it is funny.

    I myself would rather shadow Quinn as Soy Boy.


  92. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:48 pm:

    I thought the Uncle Moneybags “campaigning” for Bruce Rauner on election day was far better, Responsa.


  93. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:58 pm:

    ==Where’s the plan, Bruce?==

    Stuck up his…

    ==- Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:34 pm:==

    I suppose Rauner’s going to heckle the General Assembly as well? That’ll really get things done.


  94. - a drop in - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 4:04 pm:

    “Quinnocchio, is making his first appearance today alongside the governor at his noon campaign stop . . .”

    When did the governor become invisible?


  95. - Responsa - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 4:05 pm:

    YDD–You make a very good point. Uncle Moneybags and Quinnochio are absolutely two sides of the same marketing approach coin. The “effectiveness” and appeal mostly depends on the audience– and whose ox they want to see gored.


  96. - Union Man - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 4:25 pm:

    At least he’s got a job!! This will actually help the governors employment figures!


  97. - 2010 Throwback - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 7:18 pm:

    GIANNOULIAS SHARK!!!!!!

    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/s-nICElw4gg/hqdefault.jpg


  98. - Just The Way It Is One - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 7:24 pm:

    That was meant to read, “…supposed to be” in the first paragraph above.


  99. - Buck - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 8:05 pm:

    The racist twitter handle is gone


  100. - Buck - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 8:08 pm:

    Sorry, still there with the 2 c no tweets with 1 c. Still racist but silent for a while


  101. - Makandadawg - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 8:26 pm:

    ==Responsa -
    I cannot believe the lack of sense of humor on this thread. C’mon people. Yes. It’s a stunt.

    I agree we need more humor in this race and in Illinois Politics in general but Rauner is out for blood in this election. The stuff he says is no joke.


  102. - A modest proposal - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 9:06 pm:

    I’d rather be in a car with no keys than be this guy…


  103. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 9:10 pm:

    ===…but Rauner is out for blood in this election. The stuff he says is no joke.===

    …Yes…and Rauner is willing to hurt Illinois, like Rod.

    Nothing is funny about that…

    Yes.


  104. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 9:28 pm:

    =It’s nothing new and can be effective =

    Whenever I see stuff like this, it always makes me wonder about whether other States and other countries are doing/have been doing something similar–and whether they’re “known for it” and/or criticized or applauded for it. While I suppose some research might provide a clue, I’d imagine that some of the “poking fun at” might still be done locally within the area where it occurs, or we’re not culturally sensitive to the jabs.


  105. - Holdingontomywallet - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 9:52 pm:

    Funny. Quinnoccio should have had another sign that reminded the union employees about the contract Quinn refused to honor.


  106. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:17 pm:

    Wow. I saw video of this tonight. Stanley Kubrick called, he wants his mask from A Clockwork Orange back.

    “I’m singing in the rain…just singing in the rain.”


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