* If you don’t answer their calls, you’re likely gonna get whacked…
Many here often bemoan the loss of Southern Illinois clout under the dome that seems to have faded away with the passing of bygone powerhouse wheelers and dealers – names like Clyde Choate, Paul Powell, Ken Gray, John Gilbert and Bruce Richmond – who built political careers by bringing home the state and federal pork: interstates, institutions, schools, a lake and prisons.
But at the same time, the one local politician who has managed to amass the most influence in Springfield in decades also is the most vulnerable in 2016.
That’s because Rep. John Bradley has hitched his wagon to Madigan – gaining sought-after influence, but at a cost.
Now more than ever, Bradley is facing the high price of power.
Despite repeated attempts to reach him, Bradley declined to speak with The Southern Illinoisan for this story.
The article reports that the Republicans may have found an opponent to take on their top House target next year, Williamson County Commissioner Ron Ellis.
* And check out the quote from Bob Campbell, president of the Williamson County Retired Teachers’ Association…
Campbell said he considers Bradley a friend, but still said, “I’m concerned that John’s viewpoints are often too much in line with that of the Speaker, and I don’t think that’s for the best interest of Southern Illinois.” Campbell surmised that Bradley has chosen this risky route because he has aspiration of higher office, which generally requires the backing of the party to win, particularly for a downstater with little name ID in the populous north.
The story, which the Southern Illinoisan put on its front page, is full of such quotes. Go check it out.