Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Amateur hour
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Amateur hour

Monday, Feb 27, 2012

* Congressman Adam Kinzinger just crossed a line and Rockford Register Star columnist Chuck Sweeny is having none of it. This is a quote from a Kinzinger mailer

“A Rockford Register Star columnist recently said Congressman Manzullo’s voting record bears resemblance to ‘that of Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank.’ No, it wasn’t Barney Frank’s record but it was actually the voting history of my opponent, Congressman Don Manzullo.”

* But this is what Sweeny actually wrote

“Kinzinger and Manzullo are engaged in a fight-to-the-finish duel about who is more conservative. And Kinzinger is characterizing Manzullo’s record as something resembling that of Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank.”

And there’s more

In a newspaper-type mailer Kinzinger’s campaign sent to my house, Kinzinger charges that Manzullo “joined liberal Democrats in (a) movement to impeach President Bush.” Kinzinger claims that in 2008, Manzullo “shockingly voted for left-wing Dennis Kucinich’s legislation to order the House Judiciary Committee to consider impeaching President Bush over ludicrous reasons.”

Well, well, well. Let me quote from a piece I wrote July 16, 2008, about Manzullo’s vote for Kucinich’s wacky impeachment bill:

“I did the constitutional thing, which was to send it to committee, where it will be killed. If it did not go to committee, it would stay on the floor and then we would have started impeaching the president,” Manzullo told me at the time.

This goes beyond the usual political crud, which the media tends to basically ignore. Twist a columnist’s words into absurdity, though, and you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of serious negativity. Sweeny’s column by itself won’t have a gigantic impact, but if Manzullo uses the column in his paid media blitz to accuse Kinzinger of being a liar, it could very well move some numbers.

Both of these guys have been attempting to make the other guy look like he’s not conservative enough. It’s been a bogus argument from Jump Street. There are things about both men that aren’t 100 percent pure conservative, but, really, c’mon here, we’re talking infinitesimal degrees of separation. This latest Kinzinger attack is through the looking glass bizarre and a total amateur mistake. He’ll deserve any backfire he gets.

* We didn’t do much politics here last week because it was budget address week and it sucked up all my attention. So, I neglected to point out this weird Tribune endorsement in the 2nd Congressional District. The paper whacked Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. in four, long paragraphs and concluded that Jackson’s explanations for all his troubles are “unsatisfying.” But then the editorial board proceeded to ridicule Jackson’s primary opponent Debbie Halvorson

Halvorson is alarmingly unqualified to represent the district.

Seated beside her “distracted” opponent at our head-to-head candidate interview, it was Halvorson who fudged, stumbled and stammered. Asked to explain her one-and-done tenure as representative of the 11th District, she blurted out that voters can be “fickle.” She later said that was a bad choice of words. Asked to name federal programs she would target for spending cuts, she couldn’t think of one. Over and over she offered, lamely, that voters should send her back to Washington so she could help “innovate” the country out of its current mess. We don’t think so.

Jackson ran circles around Halvorson in our interview, showing a 16-year incumbent’s command of the issues. When Halvorson said he had failed to advance his plan to build a third regional airport near Peotone, Jackson’s response assured us yet again that he’s relentlessly focused on making it happen. (Her comments, meanwhile, convinced us she is not.) Jackson is endorsed.

Oof.

* This story also “broke” last week while I was so distracted

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel waded into a contested suburban Democratic primary for Congress, backing former U.S. Veterans Affairs official Tammy Duckworth. […]

Duckworth is in a primary battle with former deputy state treasurer Raja Krishnamoorthi for the right to take on freshman Republican Joe Walsh in the 8th District. The district includes parts of northwest Cook and northeast DuPage counties, but does not include any homes in Chicago.

It’s been known for a while that Emanuel is with Duckworth, so the only newsworthy item is that he chose to formally announce his support.

* And a roundup…

* ADDED: Press release: Today, Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, endorsed Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for the newly drawn 16th Congressional District. Schock is the youngest Member of Congress and has served as a leading advocate for the conservative principles that reflect the values of the people throughout Illinois.

* Supreme Court race hits TV, as funding picks up: Going on TV was incumbent Justice Mary Jane Theis, who hit Chicago stations Monday morning with a buy of 600 ratings points, costing a few hundred thousand dollars.

* Early voting in Illinois begins

* How Duckworth, Krishnamoorthi differ on deficit: Duckworth also says Congress should consider eliminating the $385-billion dollar fleet of F-35 fighter jets, currently being developed.

* Key Ill. primaries: 8th Congressional District

* Democrats spar over donations, support at congressional forum: Sheyman attacked Schneider for campaign contributions he made to Republicans including Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk. Schneider responded by criticizing the policies of some of the groups that have endorsed Sheyman and by extolling the campaign work he’s done for Democrats including former Rep. Melissa Bean of Barrington.

* Illinois House races heating up: “I don’t see any of those four candidates giving Dold any heat,” said Green.

* Brad Schneider Extended Interview

* IL a battleground for U.S. Congress races:
But Republicans are ceding nothing. They believe they still have momentum from the 2010 victories that put five GOP freshmen in office and gave them their first state congressional majority in in seven years. And they believe another factor will help them when voters go to the polls: Anger over Illinois’ state fiscal crisis.

* VIDEO: Joe Walsh: Fighting For Millionaires

* Tribune: For the Republicans: Kinzinger

* Tribune: Theis for the Supreme Court

* Tribune: For the Democrats: Duckworth

* Tribune: For the U.S. House

- Posted by Rich Miller        

20 Comments
  1. - Shore - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 3:00 pm:

    Halvorson was plummer-esque in that endorsement session and just incredibly bad in terms of unpreparedness and it got really really nasty at points to where she looked like she was going to physically go after jackson. Krishnamoorthi and duckworth were also pretty bad in terms of just using cable news talking points and seem to have caught dan seals disease of I am just going to run for office until you elect me.


  2. - Small Town Liberal - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 3:17 pm:

    Glad to see Adam A. keeping things classy in his GOP civil war. I thought these hard right folks were all about family values, is blatant lying more important to some families than others?


  3. - Just sayin' - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 3:19 pm:

    STL-

    Aren’t we talking about Adam Kinzinger and not AA? ;)


  4. - Pot calling kettle - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 3:25 pm:

    I think Kinzinger deserves the Trib’s endorsement because he looks good in a flight suit. That will serve the district well!

    I’ve seen Kinzinger in action and he is long on Republican sound bites (we need to cut government), but short on specifics. I was not impressed that he was a “game changer” and if he “represents the best of a new generation in politics” that’s pretty sad.

    It would be nice to see some R’s and D’s develop reputations for crossing the aisle and valuing compromise. That would be a “game changer.”


  5. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 3:28 pm:

    So AK compares Manzullo to Franks, Sweeney reports it, then AK sends out lit saying Sweeney said it.

    Amateur hour, indeed.

    What’s AK trying to say with that Franks stuff, anyway? You had a pretty good message going, dude, don’t go in the gutter.

    I don’t think the Indispensable Daley ever chimed in on a suburban Dem primary. I guess Emanuel sees himself as Double-Secret-Probation-Indispenable.

    With all the breathless, desperate spin he churns out every day, you get the impression that Emanuel wants to declare victory and leave the world of garbage pickup, street cleaning, cops, firemen, schools, etc. as soon as possible.

    One and done, maybe, by choice, at best.


  6. - Small Town Liberal - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 3:32 pm:

    - Aren’t we talking about Adam Kinzinger and not AA? ;) -

    Unless I’m mistaken, isn’t AA one of AK’s big backers? I may be wrong.


  7. - Nice Kid - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 3:36 pm:

    The Tribune is living up to expectations.


  8. - Nice Kid - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 3:58 pm:

    I suspect the Tribune’s JJJ endorsement is solely an effort to protect the airport joke that the Tribune supports. Everything the editorial board wrote is pretextual baloney, with an eye toward supporting ALNAC. If Halvorson weren’t a serious challenger they would have endorsed nobody.


  9. - Cheryl44 - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 4:01 pm:

    If I lived in the 8th District, who Rahm wanted me to vote for might work in favor of his opponent.

    As it is I don’t think my Congressman has an opponent in this primary so I’ve been trying to talk myself into pulling a Republican ballot and messing with the opposition.I don’t think I’m going to be able to do that though. I don’t think I could live with myself if I voted the way I’m thinking of voting.


  10. - Just sayin' - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 4:26 pm:

    STL-

    Not sure AA ever backed AK publicly, with only a recent exception, he tends to stay out of federal races.


  11. - Fed up - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 4:28 pm:

    I’m not a fan of JJJ but the video was up on the trib site at least a week ago. Halvorson was just bad, she was unprepared and came across shrill and mean.JJJ for all his faults and their are many came across well prepared and knowledgeable.


  12. - hisgirlfriday - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 4:33 pm:

    Why did the Tribune editorial board suddenly decide Danny Davis was great when his challenger this time around is a minister and former policeman and doesn’t seem any less qualified than his past challengers? I was kind of surprised how their opinion talked about him being more active in the district and in touch with voters, because I sure got a whole lot more mail from him in 2010 than this cycle and can’t really remember him doing anything in the district at all. Lots of those edit board opinions were really confusing.

    Also, re: Schock — the pjstar had something the other day about Romney coming to a Schock fundraiser on March 19 (despite there being a scheduled debate in Washington that night). Any word on Illinois GOP presidential candidate forums or appearances or is everyone just waiting to see how Super Tuesday shakes out?


  13. - CircularFiringSquad - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 4:41 pm:

    The PJS was all creamey this a.m. when Mr. Dreamey announced Romney coming in to collect CAT cash just before the IL Primary.
    Wonder why no one remembers Shock had Newt in last year and the event bombed….event downsized twice, etc.
    No problem switching sides, but usually worth a mention.


  14. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 5:02 pm:

    –Why did the Tribune editorial board suddenly decide Danny Davis was great when his challenger this time around is a minister and former policeman and doesn’t seem any less qualified than his past challengers?–

    Maybe the Rev. Moon signed up Paul Lis to set the the Tribbies straight on the Congressman who crowned him. Buds and bad cigars can go a long way.

    Back in the day, the Tribbies, especially the Springfield bureau, would jump when Paul told them to.


  15. - East Sider - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 5:26 pm:

    Kinzinger is a joke, and just regurgitates talking points. He was ushered in claiming to be a TEA Party candidate, but then came in and voted for the (un)Patriot Act, raising the debt ceiling, etc. He was rated lower than Mark Kirk on the Heritage Foundation’s conservative rankings.


  16. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 5:46 pm:

    –He was rated lower than Mark Kirk on the Heritage Foundation’s conservative rankings.–

    No kidding? That must be a different Heritage Foundation than the one that introduced the ideas of free-market cap-and-trade for pollution and personal responsibility for health insurance.

    Free markets. Personal responsibility. Not exactly what you’d call “conservative” these days.


  17. - Small Town Liberal - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 5:58 pm:

    - Not sure AA ever backed AK publicly, with only a recent exception, he tends to stay out of federal races. -

    My mistake, apologies to AA.


  18. - hisgirlfriday - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 8:01 pm:

    Off topic, but since this post brought up Rahm…

    anyone else notice that MSNBC’s Ed Schultz has had a segment criticizing Rahm’s Chicago public school reforms like 3 or 4 times in the last week?


  19. - mokenavince - Monday, Feb 27, 12 @ 10:24 pm:

    Kinzinger can’t run om his record because he has no record. All he ever did was pass bills that went no where.The Republican party will fail with the likes of him. The Tribune is wrong again. I’m glad I will have a new Congressman.


  20. - Rail Rider - Tuesday, Feb 28, 12 @ 6:39 am:

    Rich, you forgot to mention that Kinzinger is an Air Force pilot. End of debate.

    Oh yeah. Hes also relatively young and telegenic and his mom is proud of him.

    So much for the current state of political discourse.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Question of the day
* The great Rauner pivot of 2017
* Rauner's rollout
* Kennedy's "revolution"
* Plummer jumps into crowded field
* Report: HQ2 incentive package could top $2.25 billion
* More support for overriding Rauner veto of debt transparency bill
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Yet another problem at DCFS
* Will Illinois really break the spending record?
* Ives gears up, Walsh waits in wings
* *** UPDATED x1 *** "I’ve had hands up my skirt. I’ve had my hair pulled - There’s just kind of nothing you can really do"
* Rauner's federal pension idea allows "some level of bankruptcy"
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Dems pounce on new Rauner ad
* Poll: Pritzker leads Kennedy and Biss 39-15-6
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Rate the Rauner campaign kickoff video
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

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

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

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


Loading


* Public defender, state’s attorney raise alarm a.....
* Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner announces re-elect.....
* Student Loans, Guns On Agenda As Veto Session B.....
* Veto Session Preview..
* EDITORIAL: Lawmakers’ pension ‘sweetener’ leave.....
* Chicago’s incentive bid is sensible. Now, does .....
* EDITORIAL: Banning ‘bump stocks’ would make us .....
* Cook County officials spar over budget cuts in .....
* Gov. Rauner goes hog wild kick-starting re-elec.....
* Gov. Rauner goes hog wild kick-starting re-elec.....


* Illinois panel to propose plan for adult education, literacy
* Chicago-area executives sentenced in school-fraud case
* Judge: Trump's health care cuts don't pose immediate threat
* South Bend a hot market for football weekend home rentals
* Child deaths spike in Illinois after DCFS privatizes program
* Peoria man charged in 1994 murder in suburban Chicago
* Man found guilty in death of student trying to sell his car
* Future of king salmon uncertain in Great Lakes
* Judge in Schock case sticks to finding against prosecutors
* EPA looks at cleanup alternatives for Indiana site

* Child deaths spike in Illinois after DCFS privatizes program
* Illinois, other states ask judge to keep health subsidies that Trump cut
* Democratic attorneys general unite against concealed-carry gun law
* Gov. Rauner makes re-election bid official with video
* Governor's race could be costliest in U.S. history
* Voter advocates push Illinois to exit multistate database
* Lawmakers set to return Tuesday for veto session
* Illinois Lottery's new manager projects $4B in sales
* UIS students could study at newly proposed Chicago research center
* Aaron Schock attorneys contest federal claims on misstatements

* Illinois asks judge to keep health subsidies that Trump cut
* How Oscar Munoz spooked United Airlines investors
* Threadless acquires Bucketfeet
* Like our roundup? Share it around.
* Northwest Indiana: 'Right-to-work zone'


* Man, 22, shot in Rogers Park
* Man faces charges after being found inside car in Evanston dealership
* MITCHELL: Gold Star Family disputes President Trump’s version of facts
* Pair charged with robbing woman using BB gun in Evanston
* Robber breaks into Evanston apartment, gets held up until cops arrive
* Man, 18, shot in Lawndale
* Musician, composer Roger Adler dies, appeared in ‘Groundhog Day’
* 69-year-old man shot in West Garfield Park
* Judge sticks to finding that prosecutors misled court in Schock case
* Man bites, pulls 2 guns on cop, prosecutors say


* Climate change already costing U.S. billions, GAO report says
* 1 dead, 7 wounded in separate city shootings
* Cubs assistant Eric Hinske takes hitting coach job with Angels
* Chicago-area high school football Week 10 rankings
* Publican chef Cosmo Goss fired over 'inappropriate' photo incident
* Harley-riding Rauner kicks off re-election bid with new video, Madigan criticism
* Illinois, Chicago letter to Amazon: $2 billion in tax breaks, and maybe more
* Des Plaines police probe alleged lynching threat made against congresswoman on Facebook
* Trump's call to one widow has dominated the news; here are the other soldiers killed in Niger
* USA Gymnastics revokes membership of Aurora gym


» 4 Takeaways From Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Re-election Launch
» Retired Judge Richard Posner: ‘I’m Forming Nationwide Pro-Bono Group’
» EPA Looks At Cleanup Alternatives For Lead-Contaminated Indiana Site
» Lawmakers Push For Transparency In State Debt
» Rauner Makes Re-election Bid Official With Video
» Where Can Homeless People Pitch Tents In Chicago?
» Voter Advocates Push Illinois To Exit Multistate Database
» Lawmaker Says Facebook Refuses To Fact Check Ads
» State Week: Chasing Amazon, Bonding Debt
» Teaching Kids To ‘Say Something’ In An Era of School Shootings


* By Marc A. Thiessen: Virginia's Gillespie is tireless campaigner focusing on issues voters care about
* Child deaths spike in Illinois after DCFS privatizes program
* Illinois, other states ask judge to keep health subsidies that Trump cut
* Democratic attorneys general unite against concealed-carry gun law
* Gov. Rauner makes re-election bid official with video
* George Will: The fatal conceit of planning for the future
* Our View: Overriding this veto is a no-brainer
* Governor's race could be costliest in U.S. history
* Statehouse Insider: Will veto session show GOP revolt?
* Our View: Figure out how to make Innovation Network a reality


* Police ID man shot by police after firing into Carbondale crowd
* Suspect in officer-involved shooting in Carbondale identified; ISP asking for witnesses to step forward
* HS 4A Volleyball Regional: Centennial vs. Danville
* McGee: 'Glad to get him out there'
* Smith: 'Figure out a way to shut them down'
* Child deaths spike in Illinois after DCFS privatizes program
* Boil order issued for Lake Egypt customers
* CrimeStoppers offers reward for information in fatal Cahokia fire
* Roxana man battling brain injuries after he was struck by car in St. Louis
* Plans for Carbondale dog park development behind schedule


* Chicago's Amazon bid includes $2.25 billion incentive package
* Girls volleyball: Jacobs ousts Dundee-Crown
* Girls volleyball: Grant stands tall in playoff opener
* Girls volleyball: Glenbard North celebrates playoff win
* Girls volleyball: Glenbrook South finds a way past Prospect

* Will Trump continue to unravel Obama's leg...
* Democratic 14th Congressional District can...
* GOP congressmen say Rauner 'let down' Illi...
* Hultgren aims to help employers close the ...
* Naperville's Lauren Underwood to run for R...
* Bipartisan group of lawmakers pushes job t...
* Measure extends term of FSOC independent m...
* Hundreds of high school students tour Smit...
* Teacher raised in Yorkville running agains...
* Dissident artist Ai Weiwei and US Rep. Ran...

* Democrats urge President Trump not to shri......

* The Senate must protect families and rejec......
* Senate task force calls for $300M in Great......

* Amazon slime.
* Will work for $2.5 billion.
* Jason Plummer enters race to replace Sen. Kyle McCarter
* Rauner launches campaign kickoff video
* Halloween reads: real-life horror stories from the Reader archive
* Calder and Koons at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week
* Christianity now world's most oppressed faith community
* Military Families Want More Flexibility in Education, Survey Finds
* Thorner: Islamist Religion as Dictated by The Generous Qur’an, Islam’s Holiest Book
* The Weekend In Chicago Rock


* 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

  
* Google ships Pixel 2 that failed QA while other units click and beep
* Apple Pay in New Zealand Expands to BNZ
* Sprint and T-Mobile skip earnings calls amid merger rumors
* Pixel 2 Real Audio Review: Let’s talk about headphone dongles… (Video)
* Facebook downplays test banishing all Pages to buried Explore Feed
* T-Mobile iPhone X trade-in limited to iPhones, $300 top credit
* Google APK code could hint at Echo Show mimic, Google Home UI update

* Sox Century: After the World Series
* Podcast: 2017 White Sox Pitchers and Catchers season review
* Steep climbs ahead for oft-injured White Sox
* #AwardWorthy: Vote for Engel's glove
* Sporcle Saturday: Long bombs
* Petricka undergoes surgery on right elbow
* Avisail sees similarities in rebuild, stellar year


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

Archives
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