Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » More pressure on Oberweis, and Ozinga’s uphill climb
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
More pressure on Oberweis, and Ozinga’s uphill climb

Friday, Apr 25, 2008

* RealClearPolitics takes a look at some Illinois congressional races. Here’s one…

llinois 14: Former Speaker Dennis Hastert was replaced by Democrat Bill Foster in a special election in early March, and a rematch in November will again pit Foster against Republican Jim Oberweis, a candidate many in his own party blamed for losing the seat. Both candidates spent more than $3 million in their bids, and both have a long way to go to rebuild their war chests. Foster had $262,000 in the bank after March, while Oberweis had $132,000 lying around.

In three previous contests, Oberweis has had to largely self-fund, and if donors don’t kick in contributions now, he will either defer to another candidate or start writing checks again. Watch next quarter’s report to see how serious Oberweis will be this Fall in a district that, despite the Obama-mania, McCain should carry.

I’m told House Republican Leader John Boehner said at a recent event that he wants Oberweis out of the race. Boehner’s campaign office did not return a call asking for comment. I’m not sure Oberweis will ever drop out, but the pressure continues.

* They also looked at the 11th

[Likely GOP candidate Martin Ozinga] will face State Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson, who has already raised $861,000 and still has $673,000 left in cash. Not only will Ozinga have catching up to do, but national Democrats have already hammered him for his business dealings. If Ozinga doesn’t respond by defining himself soon, Democrats will remain strong favorites to pick up this seat based largely southwest of Chicago.

* Halvorson has her problems, but Ozinga surprised some observers by saying recently that he will limit the spending of his own money…

Part of Ozinga’s appeal to GOP leaders is that he has enough money to pay for his campaign, but Tuesday, Ozinga said he would not spend more than $350,000 of his own money—the federal benchmark that would allow Halvorson to ask donors for more than the $2,300 individual limit.

But Ozinga said it was philosophical strategy, not political strategy, that persuaded him not to dip into his personal account if he is chosen as the nominee. He said he intends to generate broad-based support, including friends and business associates from all over the country, which would demonstrate to voters he has the political will to win the seat.

It’s not a bad concept if it works. But that will be tough if the analysts continue to place this R seat in the Likely D category.

Also, it would help if he tried to get a grip on his campaign staff. [Language warning]

…Adding…. It turns out that the comments mentioned immediately above appear to be coming from Ozinga’s business, not the campaign site.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

23 Comments
  1. - Rob_N - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 10:18 am:

    Why the “[Language warning]” on the link to Arch?


  2. - Rich Miller - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 10:32 am:

    You didn’t see the sentence: “get a —- clue”?


  3. - Ghost - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 10:34 am:

    Arch used a naughty word decribing the poor attempts to attack him by the Ozinga campaing thinking they were acting anonymously.

    Apparently he does not have a tech savvy staff.


  4. - archpundit - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 10:38 am:

    I’m not even sure it was an attack. The point was a legit question though a bit strange given the article was quoted in the original post.

    It’s just stupid though. I was tempted to ignore it and wait for it to continue and even escalate, but I try and treat campaigns pretty evenly on those issues. Now, it’s a simple warning. In October it turns into a news story.


  5. - VanillaMan - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 10:39 am:

    –Democrats have already hammered him for his business dealings.–

    Yeah, the last thing Democrats would want is a Congressman with business experience. They prefer professional politicians.


  6. - Pat collins - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 10:50 am:

    he wants Oberweis out of the race

    Of course, in IL a candidate can file “withdraw” papers whenever he wants to, and he is off the ballot. The larger Q is, who replaces him?

    If it’s Lauzen, then they have a chance. If it is the typical plan B we’ve seen recently duhhh, who will we get???? then what is the point?


  7. - archpundit - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 10:51 am:

    And the Lee Elia tirade pretty much gives AP a permanent language warning.


  8. - Ghost - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 10:54 am:

    Yeah VM makes a good point, when I call an electrician I don’t want some who is a professional electrician, I want someone with business experience who has no clue about electricity.


  9. Pingback ArchPundit » Blog Archive » Illinois Circular Firing Squad Team Goes National - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 10:55 am:

    […] Rich reports on a report to him that Boehner said Oberweis should get out of the race. I’m told House Republican Leader John Boehner said at a recent event that he wants Oberweis out of the race. Boehner’s campaign office did not return a call asking for comment. I’m not sure Oberweis will ever drop out, but the pressure continues. […]


  10. - wordslinger - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 11:05 am:

    I suspect you haven’t heard from Boehner because saving seats in Illinois is not going to be at the top of his list this year. They’ve got a lot of work, with probably better chances for success, all around the country


  11. - Tony - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 11:08 am:

    “If it’s Lauzen, then they have a chance”

    I still don’t get this line of logic. Lauzen couldn’t win the primary, but he can win the general? Doesn’t make sense to me.


  12. - fed up - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 12:47 pm:

    pointing out halvosons record as an enabler for E.Jones and blago is what will keep deb out of washington. She has stopped an ethics bill to help protect jones family members getting fat off state contracts and sub contracts and is holding up the recall bill. Halvorson is whats wrong in springfield not what is needed in washington.


  13. - T.J. - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 1:00 pm:

    Foster never has to spend a dime. The GOP is working 24/7 to re-elect him.


  14. - Pat collins - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 1:06 pm:

    I still don’t get this line of logic.

    Here is how it goes. Lauzen lost since the “establishment” was behind the other guy. That still carries some weight in most areas. Especially those who didn’t know him.

    IF (and admitedly this is a HUGE if) they can back Lauzen for real, and not just for show, then those voters will come around.

    The D won because Lauzen’s people sat it out. At least enough of them did.

    That is the logic.

    But my bigger point is, you don’t make a change without an idea of what happens next.

    I don’t expect national Rs to pump much if any money here UNLESS they see there is a chance to win (remember the last minute ads for Rostenkowski’s Repub. replacement?). Then they might.

    But it is SURELY stupid to kick out O without an idea of who replaces him. I mean 1% chance is better than 0% chance.


  15. - Anon - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 1:23 pm:

    I was Rich’s source at the Boehner event. Boehner stated there was no way to win the district with Oberweis, and that he wanted him out: “unlikable, a terrible candidate.” This was said in the presence of at least 30 Illinois fundraisers. He even stated to a questioner at the event that “we can quote him”, and that he would help get Oberweis out of the race. I believe there is no way Oberweis can win, and if he does not get out, the GOP will lose the seat for a decade. Anyone who gives him 2 cents is just wasting cash. Mr. Oberweis, you can stop calling us. We are not going to provide any further assistance.


  16. - Pat collins - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 1:25 pm:

    And since you are one out of 30, he now knows who not to call :)


  17. - Pat collins - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 1:26 pm:

    And too Bad Boehner didn’t whisper that into Hastert’s ear a while ago :(

    One thing about Rahm E. - he went out and GOT or made sure SOMEONE got the candidates for each district. He didn’t wait for each state party to do it.


  18. Pingback ArchPundit » Blog Archive » Correction - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 4:07 pm:

    […] The earlier post about the Ozinga campaign, was not the Ozinga campaign, but the Ozinga business.  Same basic point remains, but I wanted to be accurate.  If you are an interested party in something I post, either identifying yourself publicly in response or e-mailing me privately is your best bet. As long as you say it’s off the record, I’m always happy to listen to complaints and keep it quiet if you so wish.  In some cases I may even allow anonymous comments after I know the situation.   [link] […]


  19. - Rob_N - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 4:09 pm:

    Well gosh dernit… I had forgotten Arch ended with the f dash dash dash.


  20. Pingback Ozinga quasi-campaign already caught red-handed, updated « Illinois Reason - Friday, Apr 25, 08 @ 4:41 pm:

    […] Update: Rich Miller posts from his secret location that the comments to ArchPundit blog which came from “ozmail.ozinga.com” were from Mr. Ozinga’s business. A quick Google search did not find any official “Ozinga’08″ webite yet. […]


  21. - RAI - Saturday, Apr 26, 08 @ 10:38 am:

    Anon
    NOBODY has contacted Jim Oberweis! Not from Illinois or Mr. Boehner. There has been NO attempt to get Jim to quit. As far as money goes if the NRCC gives it they then try to run everything, why then don’t they take some of the blame for the ads?
    Foster is afraid to debate and ducked televised debates in the race he won’t be able to do that again. He has told Caterpillar that he won’t support the Free trade agreement with Columbia until they provide better working conditions for the Colombian workers to allow them to unionize! Caterpillar is in his district NOT Colombian workers and NOT Union Chiefs. If you think cutting jobs at caterpillar is a popular move I got a bridge to sell you. Jim Oberweis has the money to run with Foster and this time Foster Has to debate and answer questions. Like his wife’s police complaint and his messy divorce. If Jack! Ryan and Blair Hull had to answer then Mr. Foster will as well.
    I am not saying it will be easy but Oberweis is not getting out. Nobody has asked him to get out If Anon won’t give money then he/she is not needed and is probably embellishing a touch.


  22. - Beowulf - Saturday, Apr 26, 08 @ 10:58 am:

    Two brief comments:1)Lauzen had “zero” name recognition once he got 30 miles away from his Illinois senate district base when he first began his campaign in the 14th Congressional District. Lauzen also did not already have in place campaign staffs set up in the 14th Congressional District. He was forced to rely on a hastily set up “grassroots network”. These seldom work. Oberweis already had major name recognition in Hastert’s district due to Jim’s many previous political campaigns for US Senate, Governor, etc. Also, Hastert already had established and in place his old political helpers across the 14th District to aid Oberweis. These were “huge advantages” for Oberweis. AND, we haven’t even mentioned the difference in the amounts of money that Lauzen had to work with versus Oberweis. I am not trying to criticize Jim Oberweis. I am only trying to explain the blatantly obvious reasons why Oberweis beat Lauzen. If Lauzen had the backing of Hastert or Andy McKenna at that time, Lauzen probably would have easily buried and overwhelmed Oberweis.
    2) Marty Ozinga’s campaign headquarters are located only about a block away from his Mokena concrete plant. He has some young people in the new headquarters running the fort for him. Personally, I like Debbie Halvorson. I don’t really know Marty Ozinga that well. Debbie has always “been driven” when it came to advancing her political career (nothing wrong with that). Marty Ozinga is “not driven” by his political career. This will work against Debbie. She has always blindly-served as Emil’s (and Rod’s) errand girl, no matter what they asked of her. She always believed that she would thus have “paid her dues” and would be chosen by Emil to replace him when he retired as head of the senate. Emil threw her a curve by already having chosen his successor and it wasn’t Debbie. When he finally told her this, it made her decision to run for Weller’s political office that much easier for her. This fact will help “level the playing field” for Ozinga. But, he had better hit the ground running on May 1st after he is “officially” chosen as the GOP candidate to replace Balderman. He needs to go out in Weller’s district so he can start shaking hands, walking in parades, and kissing strange babies. Yuck!
    Based on what I have been told by non-political type people that personally know Ozinga, he is a “no-nonsense” type of guy who will jump into mud up to his waist to “get the job done right”. He is bright, obviously wealthy, very religious, and he will not compromise his values to further his personal situation. Back in the 1970s, when threatened by union leaders demands to go on strike if they did not get their demands, he simply decided to accomodate their threats by closing down all of his concrete plants around the Midwest. He doesn’t bluff! He shut them “all’ down. His word is his bond and he is a straight talker. After many weeks of “no concrete” to truck or haul to construction projects, the union leaders decided that “maybe they would withdraw their threats” since their rank & file no longer had weekly paychecks coming in to pay their rent, their car payments, their groceries, etc.

    Ozinga is “a fair man” but one that will not be dictated to nor controlled by “anyone”, even his own GOP Party (much less the Washington power players and lobbyists). He is an irresistible force of nature (much like a tornado). They aren’t used to his kind in Washington. If he is elected, it should all prove “very interesting” as well as entertaining.


  23. - Beowulf - Saturday, Apr 26, 08 @ 11:01 am:

    Sorry, I guess they “weren’t so brief’ after looking at them once they were posted. I meant to “keep it pithy’ as Wild Bill would say.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Illinois will remain in Crosscheck for now
* Maybe practice what you preach, JB?
* After claiming Madigan was on a "descent into madness," Ives now pledges different approach
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Question of the day
* Rauner's Madigan schtick wearing thin with the... Kankakee Daily Journal?
* Crain's kills off reader comments
* Freudian slip?
* In mad scramble to deal with opioid crisis, many mistakes are being made
* New sexual harassment laws derided as toothless
* Chuy Garcia to endorse Berrios opponent, and other campaign news
* *** UPDATED x1 - Preckwinkle responds *** Stroger says he's running against Preckwinkle
* Local 150 and Dan Proft: The enemy of my enemy is my friend
* Southern publishes scathing editorial on "bizarre" Rauner press conference
* BGA: At least 35 reported leaks at nuke plants in ten years
* New York Senator endorses Lipinski's Democratic opponent
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Lawmaker Exodus..
* Government's role at the heart of Illinois race.....
* Local 150, Republican activist gang up against .....


* Illinois DNR to landowners: Do homework before selling trees
* Police board overrules superintendent, will review 2012 case
* 2 men serving life sentences for rape, murder released
* Ex-Chicago officer who shot at teens gets 5-year sentence
* Lawsuit against Hastert alleging sexual assault dismissed
* Final report analyzes options for controversial oil pipeline
* Lawsuit against Hastert alleging sexual assault dismissed
* Illinois to stay in much-criticized voter database for now
* Chicago plans to sue US Steel over Indiana plant's spills
* Coal City man pleads not guilty in woman's shooting death

* House task force to review sexual harassment
* Electric cars, better fuel efficiency spell doom for Illinois gas tax
* Springfield wants out of legislation limiting payments for 5G antennas
* Fact check: Are Gov. Rauner's grandparents immigrants?
* Londrigan accused of attacking Davis for 'opposite' of remarks
* Gov. Rauner signs sex harassment legislation
* Under the Dome Podcast: Governor's race, sexual harassment, Rodney Davis
* Macoupin Co. highway renamed in honor of soldier who died in Vietnam
* Macoupin Co. highway renamed in honor of solder who died in Vietnam
* Schoenburg: Rep. Davis leads new caucus, pleased with White House access

* Illinois to stay in controversial voter database for now
* Wirtz family in deal to form $12 billion liquor distributor
* Todd Stroger wants his old job back
* UIC may absorb John Marshall Law School


* Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities order
* The Fantasy Fool: Big producers can become mortal fast
* Person fatally shot in Palos Heights
* US ending temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians
* 28-year-old man shot in Humboldt Park
* Family sues Six Flags over ‘savage’ attack during Fright Fest
* Crash involving hazardous materials in McKinley Park hospitalizes 4
* Judge orders memorabilia huckster held in jail
* Zach LaVine gets the thumbs up and has first contact practice in LA
* Round Lake Park police investigate death of seven-week old baby girl


* Report: Rep. John Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct
* Federal judge permanently blocks Trump's executive order to cut funding to sanctuary cities
* Air Force pilot dead, another injured after plane crash in Texas
* Jana Novotna, remembered for tears of sadness and then joy at Wimbledon, dies at 49
* Trump says U.S. will declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror
* Police: 1 man killed in Palos Heights shooting
* 1 killed, dozens injured in explosions, fire at upstate New York cosmetics factory
* Police investigating death of 7-week-old girl in Round Lake Park
* A Border Patrol agent is dead in Texas, but the circumstances remain murky
* 1 dead 4 wounded following shootings


» How Chicago’s New Budget Could Affect You In 2018 — And Beyond
» How A Chicago Cop Sentenced To Prison Could Affect The Jason Van Dyke Trial
» Illinois Lawmaker's Plan To Combat Opioid Abuse With Cannabis
» Black Lives Matter Takes On Hunger With New Food Box
» State Week: Are Voters Thinking About 2018?
» Legislative Checklist: Veto Session
» How 3 Women Want To Make Illinois’ Political Future Female
» Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Seizure Of Woman’s Harley
» Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Seizure Of Woman's Harley
» Statehouse Ethical Issues Might Need Outside Oversight, Legislators Say


* Marc A. Thiessen: Trump should make sure Roy Moore drops out
* House task force to review sexual harassment
* Rex Huppke: Moment of reckoning for swinish behavior is here
* George Will: In Illinois, a looming battle over the bankrupting 'blue model'
* Bernard Schoenburg: Ives says Rauner joined 'ruling class' he was to fight
* Statehouse Insider: Republican primary for governor underway
* Doubek: For harassment and beyond, Springfield needs stronger accountability
* Jim Dixon: It is time for a fair tax for Illinois
* Our View: It’s time for decision on YWCA block
* Electric cars, better fuel efficiency spell doom for Illinois gas tax


* Carbondale Police car involved in wreck
* Honeywell announces plans to idle Metropolis plant, reduce workforce by 170 positions
* UPDATE: St. Joseph man charged with DUI in I-74 wreck
* Judge denies temporary restraining order to halt Cambria TIF district
* Five at 5: Illinois announces Butkus statue, Missouri games and 4 other stories you should see
* Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies
* At the holidays, HUD's confusing letter telling Cairo residents to move 'immediately' met with frustration
* Boil order issued in Murphysboro
* Union County discussions continue on early retirement incentive plan
* Smith: 'Can't complain about the effort'


* Hoffman Estates starts with victory over Hersey
* Ryan's 2 TD passes enough as Falcons hold off Seahawks 34-31
* Lane Tech leaps past Leyden in fourth quarter
* Report: Rep. Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct
* McDonald's plans to tear down Des Plaines replica restaurant

* 3 suburban GOP reps provide crucial votes ...
* Panel encourages women to consider careers...
* Congressman: Welcome change at top of cons...
* Geneva Chamber honors Gaines for 40 years ...
* DOJ to ban US lawmakers should Duterte ord...
* US lawmakers to Duterte: 'Sovereignty does...
* Local Congressmen React to the Passage of ...
* Hultgren whishes McHenry County College a ...
* Hultgren and Ruppersberger: Protect infras...
* This RSS feed URL is deprecated

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* Todd Stroger is back....
* Japanese American Service Committee Holds Holiday Delight Festival
* New Laurels To Rest On
* Kyle Kinane at Thalia Hall and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week
* Opioids In The Iditarod
* Lessons from a century of communism
* Di Leo: One Seat in a Hundred - the Alabama Special Election
* Trump's Secret Weapon Against A Free Press
* The Weekend In Chicago Rock
* Illinois House candidate calls for reforms: 'There's no more money; people are leaving'


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* iPhone X 2018 may go dual-SIM, HomePod Delays & more – Pocketnow Daily
* Google working on Swift, support branch found with mysterious Fuchsia OS
* Verizon Wear24 smartwatch resurrected on eBay for just $129.99
* Alcatel Idol 5S down to $200, A30 to $60 from Thanksgiving
* Android Messages updated with Google Wallet cash transfers
* Nokia 2 sales on from today at Amazon and they’re hot
* U.S. Justice Department Files Lawsuit to Block Merger Between AT&T and Time Warner

* White Sox add five to 40-man roster, remove two
* Sox add top prospect Jimenez to 40-man
* Thome joins Hall hopefuls in 1st time on ballot
* Podcast: The calm before the storm
* New Prolight 59Fifty Spring Training caps are in
* White Sox Arizona Fall League recap
* Hello spring: Schedules are out


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
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

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




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