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Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

* From RollCall. Valid

The national political tide isn’t looking good for Democrats, but in Illinois this November, down-ballot candidates have an even bigger problem: the drag of Gov. Pat Quinn.

* Valid

Absent from the Governor’s Day lineup were any of the three Democrats facing competitive re-elections in the Land of Lincoln: Reps. Cheri Bustos, Brad Schneider and Bill Enyart.

Bustos and Enyart hail from the northwest and southwest corners of the state, respectively. President Barack Obama carried their districts in 2012, but Quinn lost them by large margins two years earlier, and this fall is looking even more troubling for the governor.

Schneider is facing a rematch with former Rep. Bob Dold in the 10th District — the Republican he ousted in 2012 by a mere 1-point margin, even as Obama won there with 58 percent. The district is located in the northern Chicago suburbs, and while it votes Democratic in presidential cycles, it sent moderate Republican Mark S. Kirk to the House for five terms before he rose to the Senate.

Former Judge Ann Callis, the Democratic nominee taking on Rodney Davis in the Springfield-based 13th District this fall, attended the breakfast. But she did not speak, nor did she bring with her any sort of large presence of supporters or staff to boost her candidacy.

* Goofy

While vulnerable Democrats avoided sharing the spotlight with Quinn during their day at the fair, GOP candidates and elected officials clamored to share a stage with Rauner. They included Kirk, Rep. Aaron Schock and Rodney Davis, and each talked more about Rauner and a rising Republican tide in this traditionally blue state than they did about Obama.

Davis represents Springfield and he has some former aides working on Rauner’s campaign. Mark Kirk isn’t up this year and Schock barely has an opponent.

Absent from the festivities were Republicans Mike Bost, [Bost was apparently there, but I didn’t see him] Bobby Schilling and Bob Dold. Yet their Democratic opponents were zinged by RollCall for not showing.

Look, there’s no doubt that Quinn will be a drag on most of these races, particularly Downstate contests, and those Dem candidates don’t wanna be seen anywhere near the guy. But at least use the same standard when judging them.

* Also, the reporter described how some of Quinn’s backers were bused to Springfield. That happens every year and Rauner did the same exact thing. And she said there was no energy at the Quinn Director’s Lawn event. Was she even there? I thought they did a decent job firing up the crowd - not as well as Rauner did, but decent enough for showbiz.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


6 Comments
  1. - Nearly Normal - Wednesday, Aug 20, 14 @ 12:38 pm:

    What? A reporter with a bias? My, my, my.


  2. - CircularFiringSquad - Wednesday, Aug 20, 14 @ 12:43 pm:

    Wow that picture of Mr Dreamy in the link makes wonder if he is juicing up? Ds in Bustos and Enyart districts are comforted that the GOPies are offering up PizzaBobby and BossToss as the oppo’s. Speaking of the picture it was good to see Rodney drolling on Mr. Dreamey


  3. - Conservative Republican - Wednesday, Aug 20, 14 @ 1:27 pm:

    ==Davis represents Springfield and he has some former aides working on Rauner’s campaign. Mark Kirk isn’t up this year and Schock barely has an opponent.

    Absent from the festivities were Republicans Mike Bost, Bobby Schilling and Bob Dold. Yet their Democratic opponents were zinged by RollCall for not showing.

    Look, there’s no doubt that Quinn will be a drag on most of these races, particularly Downstate contests, and those Dem candidates don’t wanna be seen anywhere near the guy. But at least use the same standard when judging them. ==

    Excellent call, Rich Miller. Why I keep reading your blog.


  4. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Aug 20, 14 @ 2:22 pm:

    Surprised Schilling wasn’t there. He should be snuggling up to Rauner for some money. He needs it.


  5. - walker - Wednesday, Aug 20, 14 @ 8:34 pm:

    Funny how Bost seems to be at fairs, but is invisible. That’s twice now.


  6. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Aug 21, 14 @ 8:14 am:

    I think RollCall is right.


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