SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Davis, Harold in the home stretch

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014

* From an AP story about Congressman Rodney Davis’ GOP primary race against Erika Harold

Early on, the race between Davis and Harold was expected to be tight. Brian Gaines, a political science professor at the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs, said the Urbana lawyer, 34, is the kind of candidate many Republican loyalists would like to see on a ballot to broaden the party’s reach.

“She’s got a lot of qualities that make her in a sense a godsend for the Republican Party,” Gaines said.

But Harold has said that party insiders appear to favor Davis, a former staffer for U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, and failed to give her equal access to GOP campaign resources. She also has lagged in fundraising: Through the end of December, Davis had raised $1.45 million to Harold’s $215,000, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Gaines said her campaign has appeared disorganized — focusing on complaints about her treatment by party officials rather than effectively countering with grass-roots organizing.

Who said this race would be tight? Anyone not allied with Harold?

And, by the way, Professor Gaines makes an excellent point. As the old saying goes, “Don’t mourn, organize.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        


34 Comments
  1. - joan - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:04 am:

    Erika has run an incredible race and she is a rising star. The fact is that HillJackRodney won’t win the general without Champaign. So Erika is well placed to take the seat back in 2016 and she’ll be on a national stage long after HillJackRodney has faded.

    Sooner or later, this seat is coming back to Champaign and if the GOP was smart, they’d get behind Erika now.


  2. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:06 am:

    “…this seat is coming back to Champaign.”

    How parochial can you get?


  3. - joan - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:07 am:

    Long down your nose all you want, wordslinger, but HillJackRodney is the past, Erika is the future and everyone knows Champaign is the center of the 13th.


  4. - SonofSuperAbe2014 - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:10 am:

    Joan sound like the wife Dan Proft has always wanted


  5. - joan - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:13 am:

    Go ahead and keep it up superabe… Erika is a rising star. Get behind her are you’ll just be a brown stain on the pavement as she rockets by!


  6. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:15 am:

    Long down my nose? How would one do that?


  7. - Can we raze Champaign? - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:17 am:

    What are the polls at? Erika down 40? The Champaign Fap Brigade is a little ridiculous at this point. Is the entire staff of the News-Gazette going to wear black armbands in mourning when she loses? You know Tim Johnson isn’t relevant anymore. Get over it.


  8. - Logic not emotion - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:18 am:

    I like the potential appeal of Erika for the GOP; but whoever advised her to run against Davis in a primary gave her very bad advice. I’d favor Davis over Harold for this House seat; but I’d strongly support Harold over Durbin for the Senate seat and I suspect there are a LOT of others who feel the same way. I suspect that this act tarnishes her appeal; but she can overcome that with the right approach (starting with different advisors).

    Joan: You sound like you are among the ones who gave her the bad advice.


  9. - Logic not emotion - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:23 am:

    Been a rough day… All these years, I thought Iuka was the center of the universe and now I learn that it is actually a place called Champaign and controlled by a lady named Joan!

    Joan: On a more serious note, that is not the approach to use if you actually do support Erika and wish her to do well. Hopefully, she has some much more sage and eloquent people within her inner circle.


  10. - Raising Kane - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:25 am:

    In what world is Champaign at the center of that district? Does Joan own a map? She needs a big dose of reality….for the next 8 years that county will be represented by John Shimkus and Rodney Davis. And Harold will pack her bags and split town immediately thereafter.


  11. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:26 am:

    The Johnson Crew ruined the opportunity for Erika Harold to make a first impression.

    I think less of her now, that what little I cared about her before.

    Go to NYC, get on FoxNews Erika. If you want to be “crowned” a rising star, instead if earring your way lild everyone else, the Cable TV route is a good way to be “privileged” and still seem “connected”

    ===“…this seat is coming back to Champaign.”===

    What a Dopey way to be seen representing ALL the people.

    Erika turned out to be a joke, because that Tim Johnson “Zombie” Brain Eating “Trust” saw a wagon to steal wheels from for relevance.

    You all, Johnson’s Crew…Erika…you all don’t need to go away, just go would be ok.


  12. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:28 am:

    “…earning your way like…”


  13. - PoolGuy - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:31 am:

    sounds like Joan just filled out her Warren Buffett Quicken Loans bracket (as I did earlier) and has some added confidence knowing she is going to win (as am I). then we can bankroll Miss Harold in 2016 and allow Champaign to once again take their rightful place as the center of the universe. I-L-L…


  14. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:37 am:

    ==The Tim Johnson groupies just can’t seem to wrap their head around the fact that “their” district no longer exists. A strange thing called “redistrcting” made this a Central Illinois/Metro East district, of which Champaign is only a part. The sooner they can understand that maybe the butthurt will end…but I doubt that day will ever happen.


  15. - UISer - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:49 am:

    Can someone please enlighten me as to what in the world “HillJackRodney” means?


  16. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:53 am:

    Apparently, “hilljack” is the preferred slur over “hillbilly” to cosmopolitan super-sophisticates like Joan in Champaign, the center of the universe.


  17. - Friedman - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:58 am:

    A lot of arm chairing going on here. Davis didn’t exactly trounce Gill. A lot of universities in this district(young people). People who want change show up for mid-term primary elections.


  18. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 11:59 am:

    ===A lot of universities in this district(young people)===

    I think ten.

    And college students don’t vote in off-year races.


  19. - ChrisB - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 12:01 pm:

    Serious question: Has there ever been an instance where an incumbent wins the primary, loses the general/seat flips, and then two or four years later the losing primary challenger wins the general?

    Anytime I hear the, “He’ll lose the general and then she’ll flip the seat” just sounds like preemptive sour grapes. It’s a ridiculous premise in an If, Buts, and Coconuts kind of world.


  20. - LincolnLounger - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 12:01 pm:

    They kept telling Erika Harold that it wasn’t her turn. And you know what — they were right.


  21. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 12:03 pm:

    - Friedman -,

    How about one race at a time. “Davis-Harold” is the Primary. Davis is now an incumbent Congressman, of the opposite party of the President in a Mid-Term election.

    So, one race at a time, and Harold made a Primary happen, for really no good reason but ego, Hubris, entitlement, and relevance; not only hers, but the Johnson crew too.


  22. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 12:04 pm:

    ===They kept telling Erika Harold that it wasn’t her turn. And you know what — they were right.===

    You nearly made me choke on my Tapioca Pudding. lol


  23. - Pius - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 12:21 pm:

    ====And college students don’t vote in off-year races.=====
    I visited 3 polling places on campus at the UI. Total of 3 votes. It could be 4, maybe 5, by now. Sad to see.


  24. - Not your normal Normalite - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 12:41 pm:

    I’m surprised she’s not at Disney. She could meet up with Jerry Clarke, he always spends the week of election down in Florida. They could hold a Tim Johnson flunky convention down there.


  25. - Johnny Q. Suburban - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 12:57 pm:

    Even by ILGOP standards, this was poorly planned and organized.


  26. - Downstater - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 1:26 pm:

    ERika Harold has had her 15 minutes of fame, as they say. Her poor decision to run, says a lot about her political instincts. None. A rising star, that didn’t make it above the horizon. Maybe, just maybe, if she had helped some Republicans in the last election cycle, she would have garnered some real support.


  27. - John Boch - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 1:34 pm:

    I think Erika will be back.

    She has kind of grown on me in the past few months and I circled her little oval today.

    Sorry, Rodney. You’ve been nowhere to be found on this campaign trail.

    John


  28. - Friedman - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 1:44 pm:

    I would suggest any Davis supporters take a look at his dismal speech on the house floor in support of the farm bill.


  29. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 1:52 pm:

    ===I would suggest any Davis supporters take a look at his dismal speech on the house floor in support of the farm bill.===

    Your point? They don’t grade speeches in Congress last I checked…


  30. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 1:53 pm:

    I would suggest any Harold supporters read today’s WaPo which dug up an old Harold quote about wanting to be the “first Black female President.”

    All tiara, no lift, that lady.


  31. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 1:59 pm:

    Wow, - AA -, nicely done.

    If she is “above 23.5%”, she claim a victory?

    If it goes 80-20, or worse, Harold is damaged goods for a while…

    It’s not like 75-25 is better but…


  32. - Bemused - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 3:22 pm:

    Got a robo call last night asking me to pull a GOP ballot. If I could have voted on this one I might have done it. Repeal and replace Rodney drives me up a wall. The transition phase for ACA is not going well but never a peep about how doing what he wants makes things better.


  33. - T.J. - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 5:05 pm:

    I sincerely hope that isn’t seriously Joan. If it is Joan and not some troll, that’s all you need to know about Erika’s loss today.


  34. - Joan Dykstra - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 7:28 am:

    I received an email alerting me that a poster named “joan” has been weighing in on the 13th Congressional race. Just to be clear, I don’t post or generally read Cap Fax. I find it to be the same echo chamber of misinformed, relentlessly junior high unkindnesses.

    Since my name has inexplicably become part of the dialogue, let me take this one time to comment. I was a very part-time, unpaid volunteer for Ms. Harold for a few months last summer. Our first conversation was after her decision to move back to C-U. She is a wonderful young woman and I’m privileged to know her. However, my plate is full with teaching and community volunteer work during the school year and I wasn’t involved with her race. Yes, I’m really a teacher. I worked in Congressman Johnson’s office for his last two years but my life-long career is teaching.

    I have always been a strong advocate in a true Primary process; that is, real choices for voters in each party. It ultimately makes candidates and their party stronger. Congressman Davis has worked hard throughout the 13th District during the Primary process and in his time in Congress. He is, by far, the better candidate in the General Election and will prevail in November.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* In which I agree with the governor
* Stuff you may not know about Illinois pensions
* It's just a bill
* Question of the day
* AG Madigan wants expansion of hate crime law
* Déjà vu all over again
* Rauner defends grand bargain parameters
* "We are proud to call him one of our own"
* Springfield holds its collective breath as strike talk mounts, budget impasse continues
* *** LIVE *** House session coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

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

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

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

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

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


Loading


* AFSCME authorizes public-employee strike - Du Q.....
* Improve the oversight of workers' comp insurers.....
* Best tactic for some governors is to avoid ment.....
* Doubting Rauner? We understand. Here’s a remind.....
* Strike vote underscores union contract stalemate..
* Editorial: Kennedy’s action no favor to supporters..
* Jesse Jackson Jr.’s workers’ compensation benef.....
* GM, Tech Industry at Loggerheads Over Self-Driv.....
* Push to expand gambling underway in Missouri an.....
* Phil Kadner: County says it has a real plan to .....


* Pulling for success: Class helps build strength, confidence
* EXCHANGE: Water World exhibit opens at Sycamore museum
* Chicago police reports overnight raids ended with 81 arrests
* 2 more men charged in shooting death of toddler in Chicago
* University of Illinois veterans help Danville fire victims
* Second man charged in shooting death of 2-year-old
* Best tactic for some governors is to avoid mention of Trump
* Dems invite immigrants to Trump's first address to Congress
* Former Lake County coroner pleads not guilty to perjury
* Baby born premature dies after mother shot dead in Chicago

* Durbin wants open look at Russian involvement in election
* Trump puts moderate GOP governors in awkward spot
* Economic stakes high for Springfield in labor showdown
* AFSCME authorizes strike, but still wants to bargain with Rauner
* AFSCME members authorize leaders to call strike
* Madigan forms Illinois House panel to address school funding
* Ex-U.S. Rep. Jackson gets about $138,400 in annual benefits
* AFSCME members authorize leaders to call state employee strike
* AFSCME will announce results of strike-authorization vote Thursday
* Hastert victim again argues for remainder of hush money

* Pols emulate Trump's bombastic ways at their peril
* Tollway gets new help in O'Hare access fight
* Boeing to open Its first European plant—in the post-Brexit U.K. ​
* GOP Obamacare plan would cover fewer people; blowback grows
* GOP health plan would cover fewer Americans


* Burglars taking materials from West Side vacant buildings
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Feb. 25, 2017
* Dear Abby: Creepy boy follows around eighth-grade girl
* Editorial: Billionaire pols could use a little farm team training
* 2 in custody after shooting in Brighton Park
* The new-look Bulls roster passed their first test in overtime win
* Trump administration drops support of local transgendered student
* Can Schwarber go from legend of the fall to early riser for Cubs?
* Sneed: Trump’s excoriation of the press is out of bounds
* FBI offers $5,000 for information on missing Streator woman


* Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April
* Witnesses: Bar gunman shouted 'get out of my country' before shooting 2 Indians at Kansas bar
* Old fashioned: Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler huge in overtime victory over Suns
* Shooting that killed toddler was retaliation against boy's uncle, 3rd man charged: prosecutors
* Challengers cite Ald. King's political advantages, say 4th Ward needs change
* Violence endures at Parkway Gardens, even with a deep-pocketed owner
* Gary pastors pray for growth of congregations
* Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade weigh in on new-look Bulls, direction of team
* Dannie Smith leads No. 16 Orr past Uplift for high-stakes 2A regional title
* Friday's recap: Bulls 128, Suns 121 (OT)


» Rauner Has Plan To Keep Government Running In Case Of Strike
» Congressman Rush Declares His Offices As Sanctuaries
» Weekend Funerals For Young Victims Of Chicago Violence
» CPS Relents, Returns $15 Million to Poorest Chicago Schools
» Doctors Discuss Alternatives To Opioids For Pain
» State Week: Will AFSCME Strike?
» Illinois Lawmakers: NEIU Student Workers Can Only Keep Jobs If State Passes Budget
» Civil Rights Investigation Into Cicero Schools Not Its First
» Indivisible Illinois Activists Concerned About Bobby Rush's Absence From Congress
» Regional Farmers Concerned About Effects Of Immigration Directives


* Durbin wants open look at Russian involvement in election
* Charles Krauthammer: Trump and the ‘Madman Theory’
* Guest Column: Finding beauty in trash
* Trump puts moderate GOP governors in awkward spot
* Economic stakes high for Springfield in labor showdown
* AFSCME authorizes strike, but still wants to bargain with Rauner
* Thumbs Down: To attempt to reinstate Legislative Scholarship program
* Ralph Martire: More ambiguity than Illinois can afford
* George Will: America’s predictable pension crisis
* Eugene Robinson: Obamacare has staying power


* Illinois Lottery
* Local Results for Friday, February 24
* Greenfield’s Walters wins state Three-Point Showdown
* Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense group to host card-making session at Carbondale library
* Hawks edge Cougars for title
* McConnell ready for curtain call
* Time to reinvest in community, Rockford 7th Ward council candidates say
* Belvidere mayor challenged by city treasurer, son of former mayor
* UI Roundup: Illini fight off furious late rally
* My View: Higher ed needs to put students behind the wheel with a degree in computer technology


* Two dead after head-on collision in West Chicago
* St. Charles man accused of heroin possession, dealing
* Man convicted in Algonquin woman's overdose death
* Jeep buried in sand dune for 40 years is finally unearthed
* Waukegan police seek men who robbed Metro PCS

* Hultgren to join veterans' forum at Geneva...
* Hultgren criticizes immigration ban, Roska...
* Majority of IL Congressional Delegation Op...
* Rep. Hultgren stands up for ACA repeal - C...
* US Congressman tours new Aurora Specialty ...
* Group upset with Trump wants Town Hall mee...
* Hultgren guides STEM scholars through pres...
* Protesters converge on US Rep. Randy Hultg...
* GOP congressman appears to distance himsel...
* US Representative Randy Hultgren visits ne...

* Durbin to Trump: Stop Tweeting and Provide......

* Ernst Leads Letter to EPA Expressing Suppo......
* Senator Tammy Duckworth Holds Ribbon Cutti......

* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* Trump makes it just so difficult for anyone of sense to sympathize w/ him
* The women’s marches showed America at its best
* As Trump kicks out reporters, the Washington Post declares war on 'darkness'
* Take the Trump survey and rate the perfidious media
* Mayor Rahm and Alderman Lopez cut a deal on the property-tax rebate
* Brain Damage In Former Players Fuels Soccer 'Heading' Fears
* Bannon, The Best And The Brightest
* Cal City Candidates Called Upon
* Protect America rally adds speakers for Saturday at noon


* Governor Bruce Rauner Honors Carnegie Hero From Buffalo Grove
* Governor Addresses State Board of Education to Emphasize Importance of Strong Accountability Standards
* Stars and Legends to Perform at 2017 Illinois State Fair - First Round of Grandstand Headliners Announced for Springfield Fair
* Earthquake Education Kiosk Unveiled at University Mall in Carbondale - IEMA, Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium project will help southern Illinois residents reduce damage, injuries from earthquakes
* Governor Takes Bill Action

  
* Google talks RCS and the default messaging situation on Android
* Facebook’s mobile prodigy launches video charades game
* Sign-up page for Samsung Galaxy S8 updates leaks
* Giveaway: Win a Scosche MagicMount Power Bank (USB-C)!
* [TA Deals] Get the Complete Machine Learning Bundle for $39!
* SoFi confirms $500 million in new funding as it pushes beyond lending
* Samsung's Never-Ending Battle With Apple Over 'Slide to Unlock' May be Headed to Supreme Court

* Quintana eager to face USA, teammates in Classic
* Buehrle 'blown away' by having number retired
* Fulmer gets nod to start Cactus League opener
* Frazier rewarded for design work on Glove Day
* Starter for Saturday's spring opener TBD
* White Sox Tilson hopes to return next week
* Improving Anderson a key piece to Sox rebuild


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

Archives
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