SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Shooting for viral

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

* Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign posted its new TV ad on YouTube on July 29th. It’s so far received 1,731 views

* Two days later, on July 31st, Bruce Rauner’s campaign uploaded a paradoy of the Quinn TV ad. Check out the view count

Neither one of these videos has gone viral, but the Quinn ad is its most-watched YouTube video of the year. Rauner has at least 30 videos which have garnered more views so far.

Rauner is the challenger, and there’s always lots of interest in a challenger, and as we get closer to the election we’ll see Quinn’s viewcounts rise. Four years ago, one of Quinn’s videos got national attention and received over 174,000 views.

But when your TV ad is being out-viewed online by a parody ad, that’s probably not a great sign.

* Meanwhile, the Illinois Federation of Teachers is hoping this video of Rauner saying last year that he may have to shut down government will get hot online

The Rauner quote…

“I apologize. We may have to go through rough times. We may have to do what Ronald Reagan did with the air traffic controllers. Sort of have to do a do-over and shut things down for a little while. That’s what we’re gonna do.”

From the video explanation…

In this clip, Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner proposes that Illinois fire public employees (apparently without cause) because he felt “things” need to be “shut down for a while” to fix government.

Rauner will probably believe he has ample “cause” if he ever decides to take that step, but I see their point. Full speech is here.

* And the Rauner campaign is trying to put words into Quinn’s mouth with its latest video

Quinn Disagrees with Tribune, Falsely Claims No Federal Funds Were Used in NRI

Governor intentionally misleads public when asked to respond to congressional delegation concerns

On Friday, the Chicago Tribune reported for the first time that federal disaster funds were misused in Gov. Pat Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

When confronted with the front page story at a press conference in southern Illinois later that day, Gov. Quinn pretended that no federal funds were ever misued in NRI, despite a front page Tribune story laying out the facts and members of the Illinois congressional delegation calling for an investigation.

Um, not quite. The video

Quinn’s quote…

“No, I haven’t misused any funds like that. I don’t agree with that at all. You know we take safe-guarding of any of the funds we receive,” he says.

To which the Rauner campaign responds…

Quinn doesn’t agree that federal disaster funds were used in NRI?

A bit of a stretch.

* But while this political video posted by a state legislative candidate has no views as of yet, it does have perhaps the best chance of catching some fire if we give it a little nudge today


Keep it short, keep it simple, add a bit of humor.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 11:36 am:

    ===“I apologize. We may have to go through rough times. We may have to do what Ronald Reagan did with the air traffic controllers. Sort of have to do a do-over and shut things down for a little while. That’s what we’re gonna do.”===

    Yep. Brutal. His own words. Scott Walker style.

    If you are in a Union, specifically a public-sector Union, Rauner wants to do whatever it takes, even shutting down the state, to dismantle the Unions, and the Constitution if need be.

  2. - Formerly Known As... - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 11:38 am:

    In just 30 seconds, Wilson already seems more likable than either Quinn or Rauner.

    Wilson for Gov!

  3. - Formerly Known As... - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 11:42 am:

    What does Squeezy say about Mr. Wilson’s ad?

    Never pick a fight with a cartoon character.

    That rule is even older than “Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.”

  4. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 11:52 am:

    To Wilson,

    That is funny stuff, and I even like the snake is the right color.

    Exactly what it should be; short, funny, making ONE point, dripping with irony.

  5. - Bluefish - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 11:53 am:

    “No more snakes in Springfield!” Great. Just what we need. St. Patrick as a legislator.

  6. - Chris - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 11:54 am:

    “Yep. Brutal. His own words. Scott Walker style.”

    Only minor surprise is that he said it in a room where he knew/should-have-known there was a camera. He’s clearly considered it a possibility; it’s one of the things that PE firms do to acquired companies, in order to reset the cost structure. Anyone who doubted/doubts that he would consider it, simply isn’t paying enough attention to the whole context of Rauner.

  7. - Chris - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 11:59 am:

    “Great. Just what we need. St. Patrick as a legislator.”

    Heh. Just realized why PQ chose the Squeezy thing.

  8. - Johnnie F. - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 12:08 pm:

    I thought the air traffic controllers were fired b/c they initiated a strike when they were forbidden to by law. How does that situation compare to the average state employee? He proposes just randomly firing all state employees?

  9. - A guy... - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 12:09 pm:

    I guess the “funny” was kinda lost on me. None of these will go viral with any help from me.

  10. - Chris - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 12:11 pm:

    “He proposes just randomly firing all state employees?”

    Wouldn’t be random. Would be everyone not covered by a contract, and then everyone covered by a contract, once the contract expires (and that only bc, (1) already fired all the lawyers, and (2) to expensive to just pay off the broken contract).

  11. - OneMan - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 12:15 pm:

    In a press release Squeezy The Pension Python announced he has seen the Wilson ad and looks forward to giving the candidate a big hug.

  12. - Shark Sandwich - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 12:26 pm:

    Opposition ad ‘Sen candidate Don Wilson’s silence on spiders, rats, and roaches in Springfield is deafening…’

  13. - Levois - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 12:31 pm:

    What does it take to get a campaign video to go viral? Perhaps it’s not just having something to say. Perhaps it’s everyone all smiles.

  14. - wordslinger - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 12:32 pm:

    Johnnie F, yeah, Rauner is abusing the Reagan/PATCO story. When the facts becomes legend, print the legend.

    I’m assuming that Rauner was talking “government shutdown” before he saw how popular that federales shutdown was.

  15. - Show Me the Money - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 12:39 pm:

    What in the world has 270 Strategies been doing for the past three months?

  16. - Demoralized - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 12:59 pm:

    Mr. Wilson should have showed a clip from the movie Snakes on a Plane and then morphed the image of the snakes over the State Capitol.

  17. - Rich Miller - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 1:08 pm:

    Demoralized, I think you’re overestimating Wilson’s budget.


  18. - Demoralized - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 1:21 pm:

    How about this one:

    “Mr. Wilson comes to save the state from Dennis the Menace”

  19. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 3:07 pm:

    ==- Johnnie F. - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 12:08 pm:==

    Easy to make that mistake when you think you’re running for emperor.

  20. - Anonymous - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 3:32 pm:

    Honestly when are politicans gonna stop going after state employees. Enough is enough! If you wanta find waste, then combine the Treasurer and the Comptrollers position. There is savings there. The state is top heavy with many management positions that weren’t there a few years ago.

  21. - Both Sides Now - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 4:42 pm:

    When I viewed the Quinn video, I also found a link to this one. Thought this was better than the previous one posted:

  22. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Monday, Aug 4, 14 @ 9:16 pm:

    Rauner may not be viral, but his online ads have infected every news site in Illinois.

    Is there a newspaper he isn’t advertising in?

  23. - Orestirt - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 7:59 am:

    In fewer than 24 hours, the IFT video received almost as many hits as the official ones. (1,513).
    Screenshot —>

  24. - Orestirt - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 8:00 am:

    Sorry, correct link.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Question of the day
* So long, Kurt!
* Will "right to work" pop up again?
* A little bit of what's at stake this week
* More poison pills
* Time heals most wounds
* NYT looks at Griffin, Rauner
* LaQuan McDonald case: Three suggestions for state action
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...







Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* ES File Explorer Pro removes bloat, unnecessary features
* Samsung patents several new foldable smartphone designs
* ZTE Nubia Z11 to get simultaneous U.S. and China release
* OLED panels for smartphones could be about to get much more affordable
* [Deal] Buy an extended service plan through Straight Talk today to save up to $55
* [Deal] Cricket Wireless Cyber Monday Samsung Galaxy sale
* [Deal] Get the HTC One M9 for 40% off and the Re Camera for 60% off

* Non-tender deadline looks familiar for White Sox
* Detroit Tigers make AL Central's first big splash with Jordan Zimme...
* South Side Sox' SB Nation MLB Awards voting results
* Starting Pitcher Rankings: Chris Sale and Jose Quintana maintain st...
* Scouting profile: Adam Engel
* Alex Avila will try to shed limitations with White Sox
* White Sox program provides kids real chance


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

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


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* Business Groups Plea for Budget Solution in Let.....
* Will “right to work” pop up again? - The Capito.....
* A little bit of what's at stake this week - The.....
* The loophole that unleashed an unprecedented fl.....
* Closer Look: Task force looks to shrink Illinoi.....

* Cities, counties struggle during Illinois budget mess
* 1st weekend of Illinois firearm deer hunt beats last year
* Police investigate break-ins at 4 Champaign-Urbana hotspots
* Urbana chef taps family members for his kitchen staff
* Chicago police: Man steals van with 2-year-old girl inside
* Man in custody after bodies found in Lake County home
* Report: SAFB considered for new spy agency office since 2005
* Chicago announces expansion of police body-camera program
* No notable delays for holiday travelers at Chicago airports
* Closer Look: Task force looks to shrink Illinois government

* Cities, counties struggle during Illinois budget mess
* 'Pot doctors' pushing boundaries in Illinois, other states
* Burger King manager: Police erased video of Chicago shooting
* Local free community college plans may be template for U.S.
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block refugees
* Vendor Payment Program suspended due to budget impasse
* Rauner pardons man found innocent of 1999 attack
* Springfield jobless rate falls again, to 5.1 percent
* Springfield police chief sees problems with body cam law
* Lawsuit challenges Illinois ban on marijuana campaign money

* IMF adds China's yuan to basket of top currencies
* Obama's Chicago fundraisers slower to step up for Clinton
* Deere cutting 220 workers in Moline
* I like my old phone just fine, thanks
* Tribune Publishing refutes Murdoch tweet, says not in sale talks

* Cop who shot Laquan McDonald due back in court
* Is Anita Alvarez losing her Hispanic political base?
* Sports Illustrated: Blackhawks whiff on Stadium Series jerseys
* THE WATCHDOGS: How Midway clout king got out of property taxes
* Trump scraps endorsement event after black pastors object
* Chicago Teachers Union plans strike vote on Dec. 9: report
* Obama visits Bataclan, site of French terror attack
* Niklas Hjalmarsson skates swiftly and carries a big stick
* Bears may offer suite life at ground level
* Officials see uptick in historic renovations in Springfield

* Student with gun arrested at Barrington High School
* South Side shooting wounds man
* Tribune Publishing statement: Not in discussions to sell company
* Teen charged with shooting at Fuller Park that killed 3, wounded 2
* Winter overnight parking ban starts Tuesday
* Holiday toll: 8 killed, 20 wounded over Thanksgiving weekend
* Squad car crashes during chase of stolen van with girl, 2, inside
* No injuries when part of building collapses in Back of the Yards
* Skilling: This November one of wettest on record
* U. of C. cancels Monday classes after threat to Hyde Park campus

* James Durkin: Compromise needed to restore Illinois' standing
* Bernard Schoenburg: Book on Blagojevich impeachment lets reader 'be right there'
* Andy Shaw: It's time to crack down on no-bid contracts
* 'Pot doctors' pushing boundaries in Illinois, other states
* Burger King manager: Police erased video of Chicago shooting
* Kristina Rasmussen: Relying on one another, not the government
* Charles Krauthammer: The Syrian immigration cul-de-sac
* Rob Elliott: EPA ethanol ruling affects more than energy policy
* Local free community college plans may be template for U.S.
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block refugees

* Police seeking Champaign bank robber
* 11-30-15 Monday Morning Quarterbacks
* Thorne tears meniscus
* Illinois assistant leaving
* Chicago police officer who fatally shot teen due in court
* The Latest: Student leader says few details given on threat
* Ford to book $600 million 4th quarter expense for new labor contract
* Kevorkian archive opens as physician-assisted deaths rise
* Calendars show Clinton made time at State for supporters
* Suspect in Colorado clinic shooting to appear in court

* Student in custody after bringing gun to Barrington High School
* Meet the Maine West football player who moonlights as fire dancer
* Dolphins fire offensive coordinator Lazor after loss at Jets
* Thomas Bach: Hamburg bid rejection is 'missed opportunity'
* 'Suspicious activity' puts Barrington High School on hard lockdown

* 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

* Durbin Pushing for Spending Bill - Alton D......

* Manchin, Kirk introduce bill targeting gov......

* Morning Minute: Pending home sales headed slightly higher in October
* Chicago To Expand Police Body Camera Program
* Advocates Meet With Rauner's Office, Call For Acceptance Of Syrian Refugees
* Report: CTU To Hold December 9 Strike Authorization Vote
* Teen Viral Sensation Says McDonald Shooting Proves Cops, Conservatives Are Racists
* Harris runs to split black vote, defeat Zopp, and position Duckworth against Kirk
* GOP Hindu-American Political Arm Emerges for 2016 Elections
* Lack of Illinois Lottery payouts sending gamblers out of state
* OBrien: Laquan McDonald -- Victim of Liberalism
* Sixteen shots. The story that broke the silence.

* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

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