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Lane Evans retirement open thread

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006

What are you hearing about replacements?

By the way, here’s a map of that crazy 17th District. (pdf file)

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Illinois Democrat - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 4:28 am:

    Looks like the 15th is just as bad..

  2. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 6:03 am:

    Was that district created by drunken sailors?

  3. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 6:40 am:

    The 723 precinct committe men and women, elected or appointed will choose who the next US Rep will be. I think this process favors Mike Boland.

  4. - Poltical Hack - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 7:57 am:

    no doubt about it, the process clearly favors Boland. He has traveled the district and has been a media whore. Looks like it could pay off for him. The question is, will Boland work to get it. If he does, what does Madigan do?

  5. - The Playa's Club - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 8:43 am:







  6. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 8:57 am:

    Mike Boland can’t raise that kind of money. The republicans will be throwing cash at Zinga in this race. Boland’s self serving political ways can’t conjur up what it will take to beat her.

  7. - Just Dave - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 9:50 am:

    A lot of people think Boland pulled a cheap shot against Jacobs just before the election. Instead of calling Sen. Jacobs he held a press conference to lay blame and cry foul. He was told by Madigan to play nice. He obviously isn’t a team player and the RI county dems know that. Makes him difficult to endorse his congressional quest.

  8. - True Observer - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 9:53 am:

    There are many millionaires who’d be willing to pay $10,000,000 for the nomination for a 50% chance of going to Congress. This means that the average committeeman’s vote or proxy is worth $10,000. Since you only need a plurity to be nominated, it might even be $30,000.
    These democratic committeemen are used to “walking around money” on election days.
    There is trouble afoot.

  9. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 10:54 am:

    As a resident in this district, I am not happy with the situation Lane Evans put us into. This isn’t the way to run an election, and I have seen enough ugly politics. Whoever becomes the chosen one will be tarnished. We don’t need a back room pol. The Lipinski situation sucked, and the entire Democratic party in New Jersey looks corrupt for handling similar situations in such blatantly undemocratic ways.

    Both parties are playing games like lunatics, trying to get an edge on the other. Now that Evans is stepping down, this game is showing up in my neighborhood, and we don’t want it. Electing Evans every other year was comfortable sleepwalking. We don’t want to get annoyed by hyper babbling liars fighting for our votes. It is a Congressional District, not a papal selection. Big time battlers do not fit our mode of style.

    Will we switch parties? Phew! Who cares? What I know is we have one candidate chosen by primary voters and has been around the District for a few years. So, she’s a Republican - big deal! After a generation of Evans, isn’t it time to open the windows in this place? If she can’t cut the mustard, then we’ll see who the Democratic primary voters select next time.

    Just because this District has become a battleground, doesn’t mean we are wanting to watch a fight. Evans has thrown his party into playing insider politics, and we want nothing to do with it.

  10. - not so vanilla - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:03 am:

    Maybe we should call you Zinga Man? You blame Lane for fighting a tough battle with a terrible disease. Real classy. Why should Zinga just get a free pass? Just so you don’t have to endure campaign commercials? Give me a break. The people always deserve a choice.

  11. - True Observer - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:22 am:

    It’s obvious that Evans and the bosses didn’t know of the special wrinkle in the law where 700 plus committeemen get to decide.
    It’s not guaranteed, but the only way Evans can still have a say so over his successor is for him to resign immediately and have the governor call a special election to fill the balance of his term. Then hope like the dickens that Zinga doesn’t win and that the Committeemen will nominate the new congressman for the November election.
    The best laid plans of mice and men….

  12. - Middle Ground - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:23 am:

    Vanilla I agree its not appropriate to attack Evans medical condition but he is fair game politically. Lane was basically a socalist in the mold of Bernie Sanders. His Marine service protected him rightfully, but I think this is a GOP pickup. Jacobs is not his father.

  13. - bardo - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:39 am:

    If he’s willing, Sen. John Sullivan is the best choice. He’s a proven vote getter in a good chunk of the dist. already. He’s a great campaigner and a hell of a good guy.

    Given the relative lack of talent in RI County, he might end up being the pick.

  14. - Middle Ground - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:48 am:

    I agree Bardo, but apparently Bardo ruffled some feathers with Jacob’s family, and Denny is not happy. It all depends who makes the Dem’s choice. Area democrats, or the Dark Lord Rahm Emanuel. Christine Cegelis can attest to that.

  15. - Mack Piker - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 12:11 pm:

    Steve “Uncle Fester” Davis has the best profile for this district and he’d be an excellent Congressman.

  16. - Sango Dem - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 12:19 pm:

    The Jacobs-Boland fued is so tiring. Get the f*ck over it people.

    This will be a race with national attention. Boland won’t have problems raising money. Boland’s last D-2 showed almost $150,000 in the bank, which isn’t a bad start.

  17. - bardo - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 12:28 pm:

    Yeah, but throw that $150,000 out the window since it’s not hard federal dollars. He could make a lot of friends by giving it away… just can’t use it on the race for the 17th dist.

  18. - downstateyp - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 1:04 pm:

    I think Sullivan would be the best candidate for this spot. His stance on issues are pretty close to the district’s and he has a voting record to back it up.

    I think his proven ability to win a close election should also help him.

    As a Republican, the candidate I would fear the most would be Sullivan.

  19. - McDem - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 1:22 pm:

    Sullivan would win, but we would hate to “lose him” to Congress. He’s wields to much influence by virtue of his ability to hold a “Republican” district. As far as state government, we would be turning Western Illinois back over to the Republicans. It would not be good for the Democratic Party in Western Illinois. He can’t be replaced. Don’t leave us John!

  20. - Sango Dem - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 1:27 pm:

    Bardo, if I’m not mistaken, money from the state PAC can be transfered to a federal campaign fund if it meets federal guidelines. So he’ll have to throw some of it out, but not all of it.

  21. - The Conservative - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 1:49 pm:

    NObieOne isn’t doing anything, you can have him.

  22. - Lee - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 1:59 pm:

    Zigna will have an excellent opportunity to pick off this seat. District map is so favorable to an incumbant, that’s why they drew it that way to protect Evans, but not to a new comer against a candidate who has already run district wide. Zigna wins 52% to 48%. Sullivan can’t run because Republicans pick up the seat and take back the senate. Ain’t politics grand.

  23. - NOB - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 3:42 pm:

    Boland supported several republicans through the years - even against Lane Evans. That won’t help him with the +700 dems in charge of this fiasco in the 17th district… Even if his wife is co-chairman of the county party.

  24. - CarthageMatt - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 3:43 pm:

    MAybe Sullivan runs and Scholz takes his seat. Scholz would easily when Sullivans distrct so that would make it easier for Emil to part with Sullivan.

  25. - anon - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 3:51 pm:

    Hey Rich, the Quad City Times online site says this afternoon that Lane Evans is endorsing his staff guy Phil Hare for this appointment. Will all of these other wannabe’s line up behind Phil Hare?

  26. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 3:54 pm:

    You got a link for that anon? Because there’s nothing on the QC site that has Evans endorsing Hare that I could find.

  27. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 4:03 pm:

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