Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Meeks looking for GOP support
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Meeks looking for GOP support

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006

The saga continues.

State Sen. James Meeks asked a former Republican gubernatorial candidate to back his possible bid for governor Tuesday, while Mayor Daley defended Gov. Blagojevich’s record on behalf of African Americans after an ultimatum from several black aldermen.

Flirting with a third-party run for governor, the South Side pastor approached conservative state Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) about supporting his potential campaign, but he got a thumbs-down from the third-place finisher in last week’s GOP primary.

“I’ve already committed my support to Judy in writing, and I’m a man of my words,” Brady said, referring to Republican gubernatorial nominee Judy Baar Topinka. […]

Undaunted, Meeks hinted that his political courtship of conservative Republicans may not stop with Brady and could extend to the GOP primary’s runner-up, Aurora dairy owner and investor Jim Oberweis.

“I’d be glad to have a conversation with Mr. Oberweis. I’d be glad to have a conversation with everybody who believes in the right to life and the sanctity of marriage,” Meeks said.

I’ve talked to Meeks and he seems pretty darned serious about this run. I had a piece on this in this morning’s Capitol Fax, now let’s hear your thoughts.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Sporty41 - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 8:28 am:

    It seems Rich, that you have answered my biggest question: Is Meeks doing this to gain bargaining power or is this truly for real?

    Any analysis welcome.

  2. - Anon - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 8:35 am:

    So, lets say Meeks meets with Oberweis. State rules say Oberweis cannot run for Governor again in the same election as an independant. However, could he run for Lt. Governor with Meeks?

  3. - Wumpus - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 8:36 am:

    Well, maybe Obie can be Meek’s Gidwitz, ie sugar daddy. Obie’s pure contempt for Judy (her combine/corruption) makes this possible. The only thing Meeks should be wary of is Bi-Polarweis’s(Tm) lack of respect for God. His little quip during the Got Straws campaign is telling. He told Brady “If God wanted you to be the candidate, it wouldn’t matter how many straws you got”. That reeks of desperation at a minimum and a disrepecting of religion if you want to dig a little deeper.

  4. - Backyard Conservative - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 8:43 am:

  5. - DOWNSTATE - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 8:46 am:

    He ain’t running as soon as Blago can figure out what programs he can shortchange and how much he will have to borrow plus a little butt kissing 6 billion will go to Chicago and Mr. Meeks will swear that Blago God’s right hand man and people of all races should vote for him.

  6. - grand old partisan - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 8:49 am:

    Here’s a thought: It may be true that conservative Republicans might share common ground with Meeks on abortion and other social issues. But it seems that in order to accept and support his entire platform, they’d have to accept and support policy positions and philosophies on school funding and welfare that they otherwise would not. So what is Meeks offering in return?

  7. - Marta Elena - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 8:51 am:

    I welcome a republican on the ticket to create a somewhat bipartisan group of candidates. However, stretching out to Obie might alienate the brown votes in this state.

    Meeks - I’m looking for a positive alternative to this general election - not a negative alternative.

  8. - Cassandra - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 8:59 am:

    Probably he has more than one motive. Bargaining with Blago for whatever amount but what the heck, if he starts picking up momentum, being the guv is possibly the best way of getting money for his priorities.

    I am still unclear about the money. He wants six billion for education plus 1 billion for the black community or six billion for education plus
    four billion for the black community? How will the education money be used and which schools will get it. Will property taxes be lowered, especially in those communities which already tax themselves highly? Will the money for blacks go only to the inner city or to blacks in other communities including Cook suburbs, the collars and Downstate. What form will the race-based subsidies take? Will there be other race-based subisidies for other ethnic groups including whites? Will my income or sales taxes go up to pay for this?

    We need to know this stuff to evaluate his candidacy. Should be very entertaining when he starts addressing the details. If he is serious, that is.

  9. - Goodbye Napoleon - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 10:50 am:

    Has anyone done a poll yet with Meeks in the mix? That will be the factor that drives Blago’s actions in the next three weeks.

  10. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 10:54 am:

    Yes, he is serious, but courting the GOP vote is not the way to do it. GOPers have a history of supporting moderate fiscally conservative candidates, but not conservative fiscally liberal ones.

    He needed to have figured this out before this time, and it is not encouraging to see him at this point having these kinds of conversations. His approach to Brady suggests that he believes Brady to be a one issue candidate with no integrity. However, Oberweis has displayed enough opportunism to be approached.

    Unlike the Democrats, there doesn’t seem to be anyone capable of dealing with these egos in the Republican side, so that they can make any coordinated effort to handle Blagojevich’s empty campaign promises.

  11. - annoyed all the time - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 10:59 am:

    Truly what is Meeks offering except doing a money shuffle? Does he have any other plan? And where is he planning on finding this money? Why is it only a plea for the black community? Why not for the entire poor, under minimum wage population who are trying to get by safely day to day to provide to their children? I get so annoyed at grand plans with lots of talk and no true discussions of how to make things better, how to come up with good policy and proper funding mechanisms to make Illinois the greatest place to live. Let’s work together to figure this out and not make blatant bribes to get cash for the black community.

  12. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 11:21 am:

    Why don’t some of the very poor areas downstate that all lost jobs get any money? The black community has had tons of money dumped on it going back to the LBJ administration. Until people in that community start to prove they deserve it how can we continue to throw money at the problem. It’s not a matter of just lack of funding, the entire education system is broken in this state. I’m all for getting the black community up to a standard seen in other parts of Illinois, but it just isn’t this simple. Frankly, I don’t think any of the canidates including Meeks has a clue on how to really fix it. Of course Blago will likely cave anyways and then working families in Illinois will lose again!

  13. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 11:23 am:

    Man, Anonymous 11:21, that was a seriously bigoted comment. Stop now please.

  14. - Bubs - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 11:34 am:

    Meeks will get some support from the hard Right of the GOP, limited to those that could never support Topinka, either out of sheer spite or litmus tests on social issues. He will not get more than that.

    If he stays in until November, his candidacy is far more of a threat to Blago than to Topinka.

    You go, Rev.!!!

  15. - Budget Watcher - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 11:56 am:

    There’s been no indication that he has a full party slate of candidates, nor has he started any petition drives. Until I see some tangible indication that he’s serious, I’ll continue to view the potential candidacy as a coalition leader’s attempt to extract favorable policy concessions.

  16. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 12:46 pm:

    Here’s the deal with Meeks.

    I know come next February or March the governor of the state of Illinois will ask the legislature for a tax increase.

    Blago says he won’t, but he’s lied so much I have no faith in him.

    Topinka won’t say ’cause she doesn’t want to get clobbered by Rod’s ads. Still I expect a two-year income tax surcharge to be proposed and passed if she’s elected.

    The Rev. Meeks is at least honest. SB750 already outlines what he will do. Raise income taxes significantly and lower property taxes somewhat significantly.

    I’m a fiscally conservative voter, so who do I vote for if I “know” all three will end up raising my taxes?

    I’m already socially conservative so there’s a clear choice there.

    The new centrist party just won in Israel, maybe it’s time for Meek’s “Moral Center Party” to run in Illinois.

  17. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 12:47 pm:

    With the rise of independant voters and disaffection for status quo politics, the opportunity certainly exists.

    However, such an all or nothing risk is much better suited for a millionaire than an experienced sitting Senator.

    While very interesting, it sounds like posturing, but it might end up attracting a serious reform candidate.

  18. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 3:03 pm:

    I support Senator Meeks’ effort to increase school funding, but if he plans on being elected Governor, he needs to come up with a better plan.

    Meeks getting significant white Christian conservative support is as farfetched as Alan Keyes thinking he would get significant African American support. It sound good on paper, but is totally disconnected from reality.

    First question out of the box that Rev. Meeks will get from the Keyes’ conservatives: did you support Alan Keyes for U.S. Senate? Why not? And if not, why should we support you?

    Meanwhile, his talk of overturning Roe v. Wade and turning back the clock on equal rights for gays is driving away moderates who might otherwise support him.

    I can’t believe nobody has done a poll on this race yet, just for kicks, to find out how a generic three way would play out.

  19. - State worker - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 3:19 pm:

    I can see it now. Meeks running with Oberwise and why not throw in Allen Keys on their ticket to round up the gay bashing agenda. What a holy cast of clowns. I’m just thankful Judy will be a shoe in if that happens.

  20. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 3:21 pm:

    If my earlier comment came off as bigoted I am sorry. It was not intended to be at all, as I am no way a bigot. What I am trying to say is that simply raising taxed and throwing money at the problem is not the answer. What we need is new fresh ideas that we are not seeing from either party. Where we really need fresh ideas is out of the black community. Look at Jackson, whose best ideas are a new airport and a casino. We have to stop doing the simple fix solution, and start looking for real long term solutions. Clearly having an education system way too dependent on property taxes is a mistake. However, we cannot rob large amounts of money from other areas of the budget to pay for it, which is what Blago will do.

    We cannot allow this fight of race to continue, because when we do we all lose. How can anyone question that a reformer like claypool would actually be better for the black community, yet they all voted for the black guy. A black guy that only pays attention to the community when he needs to get himself elected. The black community needs to work together with the other communities around the state that have been left out. If the working people if Illinois cannot come together and find come ground, than we will all lose. A run for gov. by Meeks will do nothing but further divide this state.

  21. - Give me a break - Wednesday, Mar 29, 06 @ 10:53 pm:

    Meeks in. Judy wins. Game over.

    No neo con will back him regardless of his stand on pro life and gay marriage. Obviously his bargaining chip isn’t phasing the Gov because he’s too arrogant to see that Meeks will take the African American vote with him along with some ed funding reformers. Meeks supports helping to sustain those that are given life, the neo cons do not. Huge moral and ethical chasim there. How can one serve two masters - God and the Right Wing WHO DIDN’T WIN ANYTHING IN THE PRIMARY.

    Rev, as a moderate R please stay in. Judy needs to get in the beautiful office that no common everyday citizen is allowed in to. Judy would change that.

  22. - Tom Gordon - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 3:44 pm:

    Meeks would have to give up his seat to run, he wont do that, especially with it only 50/50 he would be able to win it back. This is all about attention.

  23. - Beowulf - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 10:10 pm:

    The GOP candidate that Reverend Meeks should be talking to is Steve Rauschenberger. Rauschenberger could still run for Governor and Meeks for Lt. Governor. That would pose one huge formidible opponent for both Blagojevich and Topinka.

    Rauschenberger still got about 30% of the GOP vote despite not getting one additional GOP vote for being aligned with Gidwitz. Rauschenberger’s vote totals were very impressive since he had zero support from the Illinois GOP Party and he did not have Judy’s coattails to ride on like Joe Birkett had. Say what you will, Rauschenberger still carries a large support from the conservative wing of the GOP.

    Couple Rauschenberger’s supporters with the large number of African-American voters that would throw their support behind Reverend Jim Meeks and you have one “deadly political combination” that could be turned loose in November against Blago and Topinka. They would be shaking in their boots if they had to face this Rauschie/Meeks team. Both Meeks and Rauschie have left their Christian faith determine their political views.

    I would guess that the Las Vegas odds makers would have a cardiac arrest trying to assign odds to the betting on the Illinois gubernatorial race with the sudden appearance of this third formidible tag team. It would be a “wrecking machine” like Rocky Balboa.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Janus apparently no longer loves his state job, hires on with Illinois Policy Institute
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Pritzker meets with moms who've lost their kids to street violence, police shootings
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Fundraiser list
* Question of the day
* Caption contest!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Campaign stuff: Morrison; Ives; Skillicorn; Nybo; Rooney; Curran; Breen; Frese
* "And admit that the waters/Around you have grown"
* A tiny bit of good news from Moody's
* Proft files suit so his independent expenditure committee can coordinate with campaigns after caps busted
* Cook shifts governor's race from "Toss Up" to "Lean Democrat" - Third-party candidates "the tipping point"
* Unsolicited advice
* The impasse and the damage done
* Entire IPHCA executive committee resigns, lawyer let go after racism controversy
* Chicago to get its first public law school, but is it a wise move?
* Doom and gloom abounds, but a new pension idea emerges
* Another lawsuit filed in Quincy veterans' home deaths: "For a year and a half, he loved that place. And it killed him"
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...






* Trump visits Granite City Thursday, home to reo.....
* Rep. Kelly asks Rauner for update on securing I.....
* Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson hands o.....
* 'Show me the money,' Skillicorn says ab.....
* Fact-check: 'Ultra-rich' Rauner, Pritzk.....
* EDITORIAL: Illinois should be protecting voters.....
* State debt surpasses $7 billion, ending streak..
* State employee in major union-undermining Supre.....
* Michael Bae Jordan Attempts to Use Milk Analogy.....
* Tinley Park veteran, ice cream shop owner ".....

* Boat accident survivors join hundreds at Branson memorial
* The Latest: Woman gives survivors flowers at boat memorial
* Hero grandma, couple on 45th anniversary among boat victims
* Bell chimes 17 times at memorial for Branson boat victims
* EXCHANGE: Lack of players forces Legion to suspend baseball
* A look at the 17 people killed in the Missouri boat accident
* Memorial service planned Missouri boating accident victims
* Jail officer charged in alleged sex assault of prisoner
* Man slain, 6 wounded during Chicago neighborhood shooting
* Razing of tainted NW Indiana housing complex nearly complete

* Marginal amounts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Moody's gives Illinois finances a 'stable' outlook
* Illinois Army National Guard soldiers return home
* Marginal amouts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Under the Dome Podcast: Gun bills, Quincy, Trump-Putin reaction
* Incumbents hold big fundraising leads in central Illinois legislative races
* Springfield man wins Illinois State Police logo contest
* Rauner 'deeply troubled' by Trump's Helsinki comments
* Rauner signs bill to ease physician assistant hiring
* Bill taking Illinois out of voter registration system vetoed

* Home Run Pizza CEO dies
* Home Run Inn Pizza CEO dies
* Your neighbor isn't a business
* The future of the U.S. looks a lot like Chicago
* Cook County board moves to prevent repeat of pop tax fiasco

* Tiger Woods shows he’s ready to contend again for major championships
* Woman shot in her front yard in Back of the Yards
* The old Joliet prison is reopening very soon – for museum tours
* Willie Wilson gives away money, says it has nothing to do with mayor’s race
* Man, 19, shot while walking in South Chicago
* Trump visits Granite City Thursday, home to reopened U.S. Steel mill
* ‘Teen Titans GO! to the Movies’ keeps laughs coming at a heroic pace
* Hundreds of residents left. Now their tainted building is nearly demolished
* Promise of restaurants, e-commerce in Little Village comes with groundbreaking
* A feud with his grandmother boiled over, then a gunman took hostages

* Gunman in Trader Joe's standoff was feuding with grandmother
* Pitchfork Music Fest 2018: The damp, the joy, the sound, the fury all in one place
* Pitchfork Music Fest 2018: Lauryn Hill only made us wait 23 minutes and 7 things you should know from day 3
* After a week of walkbacks, Trump returns to doubting Russian election interference
* ‘Claws’ Episode 7 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Burn’ and Desna’s simmering rage
* 'This is not the only tape': Michael Avenatti says there are more secret recordings of Trump
* Trump creates a summer of discontent for Republican candidates
* Gust of wind causes beach umbrella to impale woman in Maryland
* Bears rookie Anthony Miller already has the ‘swag.’ Now can he back it up?
* Blast in Afghanistan's Kabul kills 14, returning VP unharmed

» The Week in Review: Public Outcry Over Police-Involved Shooting
» ‘Ali: A Life’; Sexual Harassment In Bars; NPR’s Sam Sanders
» WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: July 20, 2018
» UIC To Acquire John Marshall Law School, Creating The City’s First Public Law School
» State Week: Russia Reactions, Gun Laws, Campaign Cash
» #660 PJ Morton & Opinions on Drake
» July 19, 2018 - Full Show
» Berwyn Homeowners Squeezed By School District Miscalculation
» How Conservatism Won In Wisconsin; Illinois Election Security; Special Olympics 50th Anniversary
» Illinois Prison Officials Accused of Abusing Transgender Inmate

* George Will: Will New Jersey send a Republican to the Senate?
* Adams: Try umpiring before knocking it
* Faith Coalition for the Common Good: Women collaborate for the common good
* Guest View: How to solve the Illinois pension crisis and dramatically lower property taxes
* Our View: Let the new EDC director lead the way
* Statehouse Insider: Prognosticator says Rauner most vulnerable incumbent
* Bernard Schoenburg: Purchase may, Cahnman will take on Proctor in Ward 5
* Scott Reeder: Understanding is what journalism should be about
* Counterpoint: His pick is bad news indeed for health care, women, consumers and unions
* Point: Kavanaugh is truly a 'judge's judge' and precisely what our nation needs

* Champaign County Fair Wooten Rodeo
* Rally airs plight of indigenous women, girls
* James Stratton to leave KWQC
* UPDATED: Coroner IDs homicide victim as 26-year-old Danville man
* Random Acts of Kindness: Nicest thing happened
* River Action seeks volunteers for Aug. 18 Floatzilla
* Authorities looking for at least one suspect after truck is shot in State Park Place
* UPDATE: All lanes open again after crash on I-57 near Tuscola
* Biz Bytes: Fareway partners with Hello Fresh to offer meal kits at stores
* Look Ahead: What's coming this week

* Sleepy Hollow police: Wood Dale man lunged at officers with knife
* Harvick uses bump-and-run on Busch to win at New Hampshire
* Family: Naperville man found dead in Chicago was a 'free spirit'
* Chicago Bears' Cohen showing his versatility at camp
* A healthy Robinson could be just what Chicago Bears' offense needs

* Rep. Kelly asks Rauner for update on secur...
* EDITORIAL: Illinois should be protecting v...
* Congress eyes 2026 centennial, tourism pot...
* Will Route 66 become a National Historic T...
* Aurora's Puerto Rican heritage festiva...
* 'Shazam!' Brings Big Heroics and B...
* 7-year-old Matteson girl goes to Washingto...
* Cook County board moves to prevent repeat ...
* Want to be Chicago's next mayor? Make ...
* How area members of Congress voted on voti...

* Mak Capital One Stake In Maxwell Technolog......
* Senate Passes Resolution Telling Trump Not......
* $0.38 EPS Expected for Emerge Energy Servi......
* Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Ad......
* Senate Dems Hit Kavanaugh For Proposal The......

* CNN's Jake Tapper Asks If Carter Page ......
* Tammy Baldwin's Running Against A Coup......
* Iraq War Vet Congressman Questions Trump&#......
* Congress eyes 2026 centennial, tourism pot......
* Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Corte......

* Pullman to get first new residential building in nearly 50 years
* Study: Aldermanic prerogative is reinforcing Chicago’s segregation problem
* The film Sorry to Bother You and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week
* Hackers can purchase government login credentials for cheap on the dark web
* Five Ways to Build Community in Online Classrooms
* Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?
* Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?
* New York to resist Trump rollback of affirmative action in college admissions process
* 5 Amazing Student Success Stories from India
* Everything Old Is New Again

* IDPH Investigation Continues As Foodborne Illnesses Increase
* Gov. Rauner signs HB 5611
* Summit for Success: IDOT providing tools, opportunity for disadvantaged businesses
* Illinois Payrolls Jump +18,100

* We reported our UFO encounters to the government at San Diego Comic-Con
* Xiaomi Mi A2 said to cost at least $300 in Romania
* AT&T bringing 5G to Charlotte, Raleigh, Oklahoma City
* WARR Hyperloop pod hits 284 mph to win SpaceX competition
* MyRepublic pays AU$25k NBN speed claims penalty
* Labor wants Canberra to extend My Health Record opt-out window
* NAB stands up enterprise security team and appoints new security chief

* Lopez's rough first sinks White Sox in Seattle
* Mariners beat White Sox 8-2; first inning dooms Lopez
* Mariners beat White Sox 8-2; first inning dooms Lopez
* Healy's pair of 3-run homers lift M's over White Sox...
* Mariners 8, White Sox 2
* Lopez's rough first sinks White Sox in Seattle
* Scouting report: White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
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

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