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Poultry pranksters proliferate

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014

* You gotta be kidding me

The symbolism may have been lost for anyone traveling down 153rd Street Monday. However, two people dressed up as poultry and a guy in a Pinocchio costume were all part of the current campaign for governor of Illinois.

It started when Governor Pat Quinn’s campaign sent a man to put on a chicken suit outside an Orland Park country club. As nearby lawn signs indicated, inside Republican Bruce Rauner was raising campaign cash from about 100 supporters.

Suddenly, a van dispatched by the Rauner campaign raced to the scene. First out, the costumed character they call ‘Quinn-ochio,’ soon joined by another chicken. […]

The governor’s campaign finally got in the game Monday, debuting its own poultry prank. A campaign press release claimed Rauner’s been too chicken for over a year now to offer voters a plan for a truly balanced budget.

Give Rauner’s team tons of credit for its rapid chicken response effort, but this campaign season has already jumped the shark… to mix a metaphor.

…Adding… Quinn’s chicken was delivered by a Floridian.

* Meanwhile, could yet another underpaid “actor” in a silly fowl suit appear on the campaign trail? From a press release…

Tax Hike Mike Frerichs Ducks Debate
Refuses to Defend his Tax Hike Votes and New Service Tax Plans

PLAINFIELD…Democrat Senator Mike Frerichs ducked out of the first scheduled debate between himself and Republican Tom Cross. Frerichs had agreed to participate in the debate, hosted by Bill Cameron of WLS, but then ducked out.

* And, yes, you can buy goofy duck costumes

…Adding… Speaking of costumes, does an $18 watch clash with a white tuxedo?…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:26 am:

    Does it have pockets?

  2. - Joan P. - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:26 am:

    What is this, Disney World?

  3. - John A Logan - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    Wabbit Season!

  4. - walker - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:28 am:

    So kid, you want to get involved in a political campaign? Step right over here.

  5. - PoolGuy - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:28 am:

    and I thought robocalls were stupid and pointless…

  6. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:29 am:

    The Duck needs a Carhartt and a cheap watch.

  7. - A guy... - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:30 am:

    Someone send out Elmer Fudd and end this please.

  8. - Roamin' Numeral - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:31 am:

    In challenging times such as these, I am always happy to see intelligent adults engage in thoughtful discourse for the purpose of proposing and implementing solutions to the problems we face. Well done, everyone!

  9. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:32 am:

    What is the rule about any fowl costumes and …pants?

    Donald Duck, Daffy Duck…any duck.

    Now chickens with no pants? What is it?

    I think “Owl” wore …”pants”… but not Winnie the Pooh Bear, so there’s that too…

  10. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:35 am:

    ===The Duck needs a Carhartt and a cheap watch.===

    If you want to go full on mocking, you get the Flavor Flav clock necklace, and the Payton Prep t-shirt under the Carhartt…

    Not that I haven’t been advocating that since…

  11. - walker - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:39 am:

    Squeezy’s on the horizon.

  12. - PoolGuy - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:40 am:

    A guy…

    yes Elmer Fudd to get rid of the chickens and ducks…

  13. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:42 am:

    “You…you in the white coat…can you get us 3 more champagne cocktails, and the caviar is a bit warm for us…”

  14. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:43 am:

    “Name is ‘Rauner’….Bruce. Rauner.”

  15. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:45 am:

    A white jacket is acceptable formal wear in the summer. Purple ties are good all year long.

  16. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:47 am:

    Rauner: (whispers) Kid, it’s a rental, tell them I sent you…

  17. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:47 am:

    Too bad a Bozo the Clown outfit is licensed, it certainly would be more appropriate for both candidates.

  18. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:48 am:

    …but then it might just be an insult to Bozo.

  19. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:51 am:

    There are actual grownups who spend their days putting their thoughtsicles to this childish stuff?

    I guess we’re voting for Chief Bozo, not governor.

  20. - AFSCME Steward - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:52 am:

    Recent polling shows Bruce Rauner with an edge over Pat Quinn in the race for Kindergarten President. That is what they’re running for, right ?

  21. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 11:55 am:

    It’s like Pixar vs. DreamWorks.

    Maybe the “best and brightest” in this instance are working on other campaigns, or waiting for “the kids” to get bored so the adults can actually run a campaign?

  22. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 12:01 pm:

    Rauner: Kid, go see my tailor, here’s his card. He in the Garment District, Midtown Manhattan, just fabulous. Tell him “Golden Hair” sent you…

  23. - John A Logan - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 12:04 pm:

    I think its all pretty funny, and more effective then people give it credit for. The Illinois electorate has already shown that putting forth plans for improvement, forged out of critical thinking is not something they are interested in.

  24. - anon - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 12:15 pm:

    Maybe Rauner is running for waiter….make that a dumbwaiter.

  25. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 12:24 pm:

    When we’re talking about chickens, we’re not talking about bogus budget plans or grand juries.

    On a fashion note, is Bruce wearing a “clip-on?”

  26. - LincolnLounger - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 12:32 pm:

    I’m guessing the Patek Phillippe came out that night.

  27. - Formerly Known As... - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 12:53 pm:

    Sorry to see Frerichs backing out of the debate.

    We were so looking forward to learning of his next mis-step in coverage the morning after.

    Now we’ll just have to settle for his next press conference. Or commercial.

  28. - Third Reading - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 12:58 pm:


    Rauner Hits Fowl Ball.

    I’m outta here.

  29. - Jimmy CrackCorn - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 1:02 pm:

    ==Quinn’s chicken was delivered by a Floridian.==

    Did the Quinn campaign flip Jimmy John?

  30. - ToddAF - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 1:06 pm:

    ==Quinn’s chicken was delivered by a Floridian.==

    Or the chicken was just in a rental car registered in Florida.

  31. - Stones - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 1:13 pm:

    Nothing better than a good mascot fight! I say let’s let the chicken & Quinnochio duke it out for the right to occupy the Executive Mansion (assuming it doesn’t fall apart in the meantime. At least it would be entertaining!

  32. - MrJM (@MisterJayEm) - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 1:50 pm:

    It’s turkeys all the way around.

    – MrJM

  33. - transplant - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 2:47 pm:

    Please tell me there’s a video of this mascot nonsense put to the tune of “Yakety Sax!”

  34. - ChinaTown - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 4:09 pm:

    This is all dumb. And on balance probably helps Rauner by lowering the level of discourse to where this and his “plans” are a major part of the conversation.

  35. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 5:28 pm:

    Willy, you better have an alibi if that duck turns up!

  36. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Jun 25, 14 @ 6:32 pm:

    The chicken suit is awesome.

    I am a fan of psych ops.

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