Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » This just in… Evans endorses Hare
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      About     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact Rich Miller
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
This just in… Evans endorses Hare

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 - Posted by Rich Miller

The QC Times has the scoop.

U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, D-Ill., is endorsing his district representative, Phil Hare, to replace him on the Democratic ticket in the 17th Congressional District this fall.

Jerry Lack, an Evans aide and a suitor for the job himself, said Evans informed him of his decision Thursday. As a result, Lack said, he is backing out of the race and will help Hare. “I was planning on running and now I’m not,” he said. “It was a difficult decision for Lane, but I respect it and I’ll be working to help Phil out.”

Evans announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election this fall because of the need to focus on his health. He has been battling Parkinson’s disease for more than a decade. He will serve the rest of his term to the end of the year.

Evans spokesman Steve Vetzner confirmed the endorsement. “Phil has been with him since day one. He’s been his right-hand man and he’s the best person to build on Lane’s legacy,” Vetzner said.

[Hat tip to a sharp-eyed commenter]

Rumor has it that Rahm Emanuel has his own candidate. You’d think he’d learned his lesson about this stuff. If the Rahminator was such a big issue in DuPage, imagine what the reaction would be downstate.


  1. - Anon - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 4:37 pm:

    There couldn’t be a better individual to succeed Lane.

  2. - Randall Sherman - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 4:48 pm:

    I hope Rahm Emanuel tries to stuff a choice down the throat of the 17th District. If he does, he’ll get the butt-kicking that he deserves!

  3. - AnEasyZingaWin - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 5:12 pm:

    Well, Zinga just got a free pass at the 17th…we will now be represented by Congresswoman Zinga…does Phil Hare know he has to work to be elected?

  4. - Da Professor - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 5:18 pm:

    Phil Hare has been a great labor guy and a good man for those of us in Macon County. He can be a passionate speaker and warm a good ol’ Democrat’s heart. He’s a very good candidate.

  5. - AnEasyZingaWin - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 5:22 pm:

    Well, DaPro, some of us have had to endure Phil for 24 years…sooner or later, he will make you dislike him…just a matter of time.

  6. - scoot - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 5:28 pm:

    can you say political gerrymandering in the 17th

  7. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 6:38 pm:

    It won’t matter who Rahm wants. Lane Evans is an institution.

  8. - Poltical Hack - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 6:46 pm:

    Of course Hare would be backed by Evans. But don’t think that means he gets the nomination. Still thinking if McNeil would get back into the state, he might have a chance.

  9. - Great George's Ghost - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 7:12 pm:

    Why is Charlie Johnston posting pro-Zinga comments on here?

    He went down with Zinga in 2004 and will do it again in 2006. We need a real candidate in this district not the same people who run multiple times like Zinga and Baker–and lose.

    The only ones who have success are the lousy “consultants” like Johnston who collect a check for blogging all day!

  10. - IndependentLiberal - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 7:37 pm:

    Bottomline,it looks like Lane had already decided to retire and he wanted to choose his successor.He has no right to do that even if he has given us 20 some years of good progressive representation.The right to choose our candididate belongs to all of us reliable Democratic voters.If the thought of voting for a republican weren’t outright disgusting, I would be tempted to support Zinger.As it is,I may have to right in my own choice to protest the arrogance.

  11. - Six Degrees of Separation - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 7:45 pm:

    I nominate Gerald M. Ander for the 17th.

    Geez, what an ugly looking district. It’s like Massachusetts and North Vietnam were conjoined at birth.

  12. - Amy - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 8:26 pm:

    I see a lot of references to Hare as a “union leader,” but what union did he lead? And when?

  13. - Charlie Johnston - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 9:07 pm:

    Gosh, GreatGeorge’sGhost, I hadn’t posted at all on this thread. But I wouldn’t want to make a liar of you, so now I have. And as for the candidates who retain me and send me many, all I can say is keep those cards and letters coming, folks.

  14. - respectful - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 9:37 pm:

    It’s nice that Lane is loyal to his staffer. Does that make the staffer the best person for the job? Will the pct committeemen simply follow Lane’s endorsement, or will they think for themselves?

  15. - Lane Evans Fan - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 10:48 pm:

    I am a big fan of Lane Evans, but not a big fan of this choice. I hope Lane understands that when Dems don’t support Hare, they still respect Lane’s hard work. Phil Hare is just not the person for this district.

    McNeil or Sullivan for Congress.

  16. - here and now - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:06 pm:

    phil hare is a good choice. phil is articulate, commited and smooth. you guys who thinks mcneil, sullivan of what’s his name, scholz are bereft of any sweious thought. McNeil is a nobody, Sullivan plays that dip-stick hey ha role to the hilt, but its tiring and will not sell and who is this Scholz guy, the only thing I hear about him is that the union hate him for being labor unfriendly.

  17. - Anon - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:32 pm:

    Phil is a great choice. He’s a great friend of labor and veterans and will continue Lane’s fight in Congress. As mentioned, Phil is articulate and speaks very well. His views are close to that of Lane’s and if Lane trusts him enough to endorse him, then I say go Phil go.

  18. - rumor mill - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:56 pm:

    What will Rahm do if he gets behind someone else and Obama backs Phil, now that will be interesting…Chuck Sholz has no chance.

  19. - rumor mill - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:59 pm:

    To “An Easy Zinga Win”, just because you don’t personally like Phil Hare, which is quite obvious, doesn’t mean he’s not qualified for the job. If you’ve been a Congressman’s District Director for 20 years, somewhere along the line you’ve probably made a few enemies, that doesn’t make Phil a bad choice.

  20. - Let the 17th Go Bald - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 6:59 am:

    Is there a drugstore that sells a variety of products that help people remove that unwanted Hare? If so, we need to order that stuff by the truckload.

    A couple points to make about Phil Hare: He’s been by Lane’s side since the very beginning. He’s got a close friendship with his boss. He did a great job crying and wimpering his way through the interviews immediately following Lane’s big announcement. But he doesn’t seem very sincere.

    For twenty-some years, he’s been Lane’s guy to do the dirty work. And people in Lane’s position often times encounter and feel they need such a person to advance as they do in such an ugly business.

    I would liken him to the Jack Nicholson character in the movie “A Few Good Men.” Especially when Nicholson is tangling with Tom Cruise and talking about the realities of his military service, and what has to happen in secret to make all the civilians in the US feel safe.

    It’s a shame to me that Lane endorsed him and unfortunately I think that will carry a lot of weight. If the Republicans put together a good research team, my guess is that they won’t have to dig too far to start finding some serious skeletons in Hare’s closet.

  21. - DisplaceQCDem - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 11:23 am:

    While I agree with AnEasyZingaWin - I do not agree with his/her screen name. No matter who the Democrats put up wil win. Andrea Zinga is a horrible candidate with a horrible reputation with the complete inability to raise money.

    That being said I cannot stress enough how much or a horrible choice Phil Hare would be. There are so many skeletons in that closet that you would think the man raided a cemetery.

    Phil is an obnoxious, backstabbing, self-serving man. He is completely insecure/paranoid and does not trust anyone. In short he would be an embarassment in Washington. In my opinion, the reason Lane’s campaign settled the lawsuit with FEC (remember that) after dening it is that the investigation got too close to Phil Hare - no proof just a gut feeling.

    Finally, the fact that this vote goes to the precinct committeemen and not the chairmen still gives me hope that Phil cannot win becasue they don’t know him becasue he has barely stepped out of RI County in at least the past 6 years.

    Finally, while I do not critisize Lane’s timing as some have I do critisize his endorsement. This was not a grand scheme to turn the seat over to Phil until after Lane decided to retire which I generally believe was announced no later than a day after he made his decision. But the inside info I have from friends in RI is that the only person to have Lane’s ear since that point was Phil Hare. No one else has had a chance to talk to Lane about their plans for the 17th except Phil. This is cronyism at its worst - which, if I’m not mistaken, has been a talking point for the Democrats in regards to the Bush Administration for some time.

  22. - Downstate Dem - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 1:56 pm:

    Looks like Schwiebert is mounting a campaign in Western Illinois. Hare seems to have burned a lot of bridges in 24 years. Look out for the GOP national $ to roll into the district.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Man arrested for threatening Rep. Keicher (Updated)
* Isabel’s afternoon roundup
* Caption contest!
* Uber Partners With Cities To Expand Urban Transportation
* US Reps. Sean Casten, Chuy Garcia call on President Biden to drop out of race (Updated)
* How the CrowdStrike outage is affecting Illinois (updated)
* Abbott says he will resume migrant busing to Chicago ahead of DNC
* Open thread
* Isabel’s morning briefing
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Live coverage
* Selected press releases (Live updates)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...






Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

July 2024
June 2024
May 2024
April 2024
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
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