* There was some actual news yesterday during the annual State Fair festivities, but it was mostly ignored…
The [Democratic] party’s county chairmen’s association voted to endorse Alexi Giannoulias in next February’s primary for U.S. Senate. […]
Some downstate county chairmen wondered why the other Senate candidate, Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson, did not politic at this year’s state fair.
“She hasn’t called, hasn’t said nothing, hasn’t been around, hasn’t introduced herself,” said Rocky Raikes, Lasalle County chairman.
* Another piece of actual news was also ignored, except by Mark Brown…
Just months after insisting that a new state ethics law prohibits the Illinois Democratic Party from endorsing or giving financial support to candidates in a primary, Gov. Quinn plans to attend a closed-door meeting of Cook County Democratic officials today to seek their support in next year’s election. […]
Asked about the Cook County slatemaking Wednesday at the Illinois State Fair, Quinn told reporters: “I’m going to go up there to talk to them. I believe in talking to everybody. What they do is up to them.”
Seeking clarification, I called Quinn’s campaign finance chairman, Don McNeil, who said the governor plans to ask for the Democratic committeemen’s support “as individuals,” not a party endorsement.
McNeil said Quinn continues to favor an open primary and to oppose spending party resources on any candidate in a primary contest.
But he specifically won’t join Dan Hynes in asking that the county party avoid slating statewide candidates.
And what’s his campaign finance chairman doing answering reporters’ questions?
* The news that Speaker Madigan won’t convene the state party until after the February election was picked up by Bernie Schoenberg…
Madigan also chairs the state Democratic Party, but said Wednesday that the central committee plans no endorsements and doesn’t plan to meet before the Feb. 2 primary.
* Instead, the media coverage was mostly about slight digs thrown at each other by Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes and the “spectre” of Rod Blagojevich…
Though he’s been gone almost seven months, the shadow of disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich hovered over the Democrats’ annual rally at the State Fair on Wednesday as early tensions surfaced in the primary race for governor.
As the memory of Blagojevich forced party leaders to walk on political eggshells, Gov. Quinn and his top primary rival for governor — Comptroller Dan Hynes — traded barbs.
“I respect Pat Quinn, and I find him to be a decent man. But this nomination must be earned, not bequeathed or signed or transferred. It must be earned,” Hynes said.
Quinn paid tribute to the legislative handiwork of three of the four Democratic statewide officeholders — Secretary of State Jesse White, Lisa Madigan and Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias — but snubbed Hynes. […]
“Those are people who want to work together. If you don’t want to work with our office, go your own way,” Quinn said, when asked if his snub of Hynes was deliberate.
* Quote of the day goes to potential gubernatorial candidate Rep. Jack Franks…
“I’m not a Chicago politician. I’m a farm boy from Marengo and I rely on common sense. And I think we need a change,” said Franks.
Farm boy? Really? Actually, he’s the son of and partner with a very successful trial lawyer. Here’s his official General Assembly bio…
Attorney; law firm of Franks, Gerkin & McKenna; Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin/Madison; law degree from the American University Washington College of Law; a member of several Chambers of Commerce in McHenry County
Nothing about being a “farm boy.” And he doesn’t sit on the Ag Committee, either.
* Runner-up quote of the day is from Senate President John Cullerton…
“First of all, I would like to announce I am not running for lieutenant governor,” [Cullerton] said.
As we discussed yesterday, there’s already about a billion of those candidates.
* Democrats try to unify headed into 2010 campaigns
* Potential cracks evident on Democrats’ day at fair
* Quinn wraps up Governor’s Day at state fair
* Governor’s Day highlights 2010 primary
* Democrats campaign at Illinois State Fair
* Democrat Day at the Fair
* Quinn says he’ll take four trustees’ resignations
* Bloomington lawyer criticizes Quinn after resignation as U of I trustee