Mr. Lucky and the retreating rumor-mongers
Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009
* Mark Kirk must have a leprechaun for an uncle or something, because this week’s little kerfuffle couldn’t have played out in a more perfect way.
Imagine, for a moment, that a vicious rumor has been circulating about you for years. Pretty much everyone in politics has heard it at one time or another. Many don’t believe it, but it’s still out there and, like a zombie, refuses to die.
Well, what better way to have to confront it and flatly deny it than when a perennial and often outrageous candidate whom the entire political/media establishment views as a complete leper airs out the rumor via a tiny radio buy during the zero awareness zone between Christmas and New Year’s Eve? Oh, and this all plays out while you’re on active duty with the military. Oh, yeah, one more thing: The ad is based on two public statements by a couple of far-right sworn enemies, but both men are now in full, cowardly retreat.
It almost reminds me of those scenes in the Godfather movies where all the Corleone enemies are wiped out in one bloody moment. Except Mark Kirk didn’t have to do anything but sit back and watch from wherever he is right now.
* Let’s run down the coverage. Actually, the coverage was more like a game of “Attack the Attacker.” First, the AP…
From here on out, if anybody ever brings up this rumor again, Kirk and the media can just associate that future comment with the “discredited” Andy Martin. Case closed.
Like I said, Kirk must be related to a leprechaun.
Heck, even the two people behind the rumor being peddled by Martin are backtracking as fast as their little legs will carry them. Which brings us to…
…Another important point. Here’s the ad itself…
ABC7 got responses from both Roeser and True…
Trouble is, both Roeser and True said exactly what Martin claims they said in his ad - a point mostly ignored by the media. Click here to listen to Roeser and True on WIND AM radio…
The fact is that Roeser and True got busted outside their little ultra-conservative comfort zones. And instead of owning up, they ran away from their own comments. That was probably predictable. But what bothers me far more is that nobody in the media has yet bothered to press Roeser and True to come clean. After all, without those comments, Martin couldn’t have run that radio ad. They are as responsible as he is.
Roeser and True are both longtime Illinois political players. They regularly make endorsements and contribute money to campaigns, whether directly or through their respective organizations. So while we’re all publicly bemoaning Andy Martin’s little ad, perhaps we should also be focusing on the source of this hateful nonsense - and on the candidates those two guys support.
As for me, I’m going back to the beach. I’m supposed to be on vacation, not dealing with goofiness like this.
Illinois Republican Primary Candidate weighs in on social media
Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009
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Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009
* Jackson axes her campaign manager
* Alexi Giannoulias’ lost Illinois millions
* Brady bashes suburban competition
* Brady starts to campaign locally today
* Brady calls for second hearing on Thomson
* Governor candidates mostly accept evolution
* Candidates: State has a long way to go on reform
* Health care debate in 10th falls along party lines
* Schock part of congressional meeting with Karzai
* U.S. Rep. Schock visits Afghanistan
* Fooled ya again!
* Incumbent and predecessor square off in District 21
* Russell believes his outsider status is what sheriff’s office needs
* Patlak: GOP Candidate Called Out for Being a Democrat
* The Grinch who stole immigration reform
* Why Illinois citizens always come up short
* Texting while driving: State ban starts Friday
* New traffic laws for 2010 to go into effect Friday
* Motorists, police prep for ban on texting while driving
* How to deal with the new Illinois ban on texting while driving
* New Penalties for Calling in Bomb Threat to Schools to take Effect
* New Illinois Law Treats 17-Year-Olds as Juveniles for Misdemeanors
* Fewer complaints, more fines in smoking ban’s second year
* Illinois logs 8,000 smoking complaints
* Some DUI Prisoners Released Early Re-Arrested
* Revised law has 30-day window Safe Haven adds time to make life decision
* DuPage County hacked off by ComEd’s tree management
* Water leak damages reception area in governor’s office
* 2002: Blago becomes governor
* Illinois River flooding threat called minimal
* COLUMN: Maybe coal will be the symbol for this area’s Valentine’s Day in 2010
* Our Opinion: Public access counselor bolsters FOIA
* Citizens need to make good use of amended FOIA
* Foreclosures aren’t fading
* Chicagoans Bracing for Single-Digit Temps
* Holiday retail sales up a tad over 2008
* Weather hampers post-Christmas sales
* Great Lakes at or near historical water levels
* Invasive species lawsuit expands
* Minnesota AG: Keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes
* Minnesota Weighs in on Asian Carp Debate
* Report: Coal use pushes mercury emissions up in Illinois
* Mercury pollution increases in Illinois
* Bradley University offers computer gaming
* State says it will demolish Cline extension
* CTA offers penny rides on New Years Eve
* Winter hazard in new LED signals
* Illinois company to pay $1.25 million for lead in train toys
* Chicago company takes Yahoo to court over defamatory posts
* O my! Chicago pop culture center stage in 21st century
* Chicago Library projects record circulation in ‘09
* Water secret revealed decades of tainted well use
* Elmwood Park outage affected nearly 2,000
* County hopes to cut deputy layoffs with expedited retirements
* Our Opinion: County should not give in to deputies
* Fines possible, but unlikely, for snow-covered sidewalks
* Despite budget cuts, snow plows get thumbs up
* Aging CityLink fleet rusting away
* Springfield airport beefs up security; passengers urged to arrive early
* No. 3 Story of the Decade: 9/11 attacks shock Springfield
* After many delays, Orland Township moving this week
* NAACP opposes cutting community relations position
* Bloomington Council OKs $1.9 million in downtown projects
* Bloomington delays $1.4 million payment to developers
* Bloomington hires agency to collect on unpaid ambulance bills
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