* Keep an eye on GOP state Rep. Dan Brady for Jerry Weller’s seat. Yesterday, Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) confirmed widespread rumors that she wouldn’t run for the post, adding…
Radogno said she would like to see someone with elective experience run for the slot - someone like GOP state Rep. Dan Brady, who represents the Bloomington-Normal area.
“I think it would be good to have someone who has been elected in a larger area than one municipality, although that doesn’t preclude anyone from being elected. We’ve elected people to Congress with no elected experience,” she said.
* The district includes just a tiny sliver of Bloomington, but Brady, after initially being unsure about a bid, is starting to work it much harder. There are other Republicans considreing the race, but Brady could be the one. Here’s a bit more on that topic…
Brady said Tuesday he is still mulling his chances. He has spoken with GOP leaders in the counties that comprise the 11th District and is reviewing polling numbers.
He said Halvorson’s entrance in the race would have no bearing on his final decision, which could come later this week.
But, Brady said, “Certainly, she would be a formidable candidate.”
* Still, there’s a big impediment to a Brady candidacy…
Last year, Weller beat Democrat John Pavich with 55 percent of the vote. Almost half the vote was cast in Will County, leading many local Democrats and Republicans to now express a preference for a candidate from Will County
Those Will County guys are pretty provincial, and they may not work as hard for an “outsider” like Brady. We’ll see.
* Meanwhile, it looks like the primary field is being cleared for Senate Majority Leader Debby Halvorson’s bid…
Her announcement immediately halted potential runs by Democrats Jerry Weber, president of Kankakee Community College, and John Pavich, who lost to Weller two years ago.
But one-time Republican congressional candidate Bob Gorman of Frankfort, who is running as a Democrat, said he is in the race to stay despite Halvorson’s announcement.
“If she thinks everyone is going to step out so she doesn’t have to do the work, she’s wrong,” he said.
Will County Democratic Chairman Myron Brick said, “It’s a free country, but I would encourage him not to waste his time and money.”
Brick said Halvorson’s entry into the race changes the political equation for Democrats and Republicans.
“I don’t know who the Republicans will put forward, but they better think long and hard before they take on Sen. Halvorson, head to head,” he said.
* But there’s also a big impediment to her candidacy…
“Debbie Halvorson is associated with the Democratic rule in Springfield, and they’re not doing a good job,” [Will County GOP chairman Jack Partalow] said, referring to the ongoing feuding among Jones, Gov. Rod Blagojevich and House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) that has resulted in a record overtime legislative session this year.
* In other news, Democrat Bill Foster, who wants to replace outgoing GOP Congressman Denny Hastert, has released his fundraising totals for the quarter…
Democrat Bill Foster appears to be a front-runner in the 14th Congressional fundraising race, having amassed an estimated $408,000 campaign war chest during the most recent period, he told supporters in a conference call Tuesday.
More than 80 percent of Foster’s donors are first-time donors, and nearly three-quarters are scientists like Foster, a former Fermilab physicist. Half the funds are on loan from Foster himself, a millionaire who lives in the Mill Creek development west of Geneva.
* The number of first-time donors and fellow scientists is interesting, and that last part about half coming from himself is an important number to watch…
Foster “has to be able to spend a lot more than $200,000 of his own money to win. We’re looking at $2 million,” said David Wasserman, an editor at The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan newsletter of electoral politics. “A solid week of TV commercials in the Chicago media market is expensive. He’s going to need to tap into his personal wealth to debunk voters’ perceptions of him as inexperienced.”
* But there’s also this…
[Foster’s] campaign ended with over 200 donors contributing in the last six days of the quarter.
None of the other candidates in the race, including the favored Republicans, have released their totals yet.
* More news…
Wall Street Journal: GOP Is Losing Grip
On Core Business Vote
* Mark Pera (IL-3) in Top Five ActBlue Hotlist
* Manzullo announces reelection bid
* Hastert leads Romney’s IL delegate slate