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Thursday, Mar 19, 2015

* I stopped by House Speaker Michael Madigan spokesman Steve Brown’s office yesterday and he asked if I would promote his annual SIU sports party, which has been renamed to honor the late Gene Callahan…

I wasn’t sure if I could, but said I’d think about it.

* We changed the subject to Aaron Schock’s political demise. Brown related a funny story about how he’d approached Sen. Darin LaHood in the Rotunda and told the congressional hopeful that he also lived in Schock’s district, has voted Republican in the last two primaries (there are no Dems to vote for in his local primaries) so he was thinking about running - as a Republican.

What did LaHood do? I asked.

He got a funny look on his face.

* And then a friend of Brownie’s, former House staffer and current lobster extraordinaire Liz Brown, sent me this today…

They’re not really cousins, but it’s a funny inside joke.

* The Question: Are you down for Brown? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.

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- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Belle - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:04 pm:

    Most campaigns and political candidates seem phony and we still fall for it so why not be all about a real fake campaign?

  2. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:06 pm:

    He’d make a good Republican.

  3. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:06 pm:

    I’m still undecided. Would he keep the office painted red or would he redecorate?

  4. - Dave Dahl - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:07 pm:

    Washington, Ill., needs Steve Brown.

    The red walls must stay as a cautionary tale. Besides, how many coats of primer would they need?

  5. - MrJM - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:08 pm:

    “We want Aaron!”
    Clap! Clap! Clap-clap-clap!

    “We want Aaron!”
    Clap! Clap! Clap-clap-clap!

    – MrJM

  6. - Kerfuffle - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:16 pm:

    Will Steve be getting his foreign policy advise from the Daily Egyptian?

  7. - Wordslinger - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:16 pm:

    Steve Brown participating in the shenanigans of U.S. House GOP caucus would be comedy gold. I’m way down for Brown.

  8. - x ace - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:16 pm:

    Down for Brown - His other Cousin Leroy stopped by and convinced me

  9. - Midstate Indy - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:24 pm:

    Steve Brown - A better Republican candidate than Aaron Schock since 2015.

  10. - Ace of Mace - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:25 pm:

    Rich - you missed your calling! Direct Mail is what you should do!

  11. - downstate commissioner - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:26 pm:

    Voted “for” him; at this time, just a gag-I think.
    I am actually in Schock’s district. Don’t know much about some of the candidates mentioned. Thought LaHood would be a good choice, until I read some of the comments yesterday-was never a big fan of Schock’s-a little too far to the right for me, and from what I read, LaHood is even worse.
    If Brown is voting Repub for the same reason that I do (no Democrats), then he would almost have to run as a Republican, wouldn’t he? Just because he works for Madigan doesn’t make him a bad person, and he certainly would be “in the know” more than Schock ever was…

  12. - Juvenal - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:26 pm:

    “Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what Brown can do for you.”

    For the ad of Steve canvassing door-to-door in a UPS uniform, it is worth it.

  13. - Six Degrees of Separation - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:28 pm:

    Down with the whole idea…what’s a spokesman for Madigan doing, living south of I-80 anyway? :-)

  14. - downstate commissioner - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:28 pm:

    Where’s OW?

  15. - Casual Observer - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:30 pm:

    I’m down for Brown but, if elected would Madigan have to appoint a Republican to replace him? /s

  16. - Rayne of Terror - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:33 pm:

    I too live in the 18th district and take the R ballot in order to have ANY say in elections and would gladly vote for Steve! Say, how did this petition magically appear in my pocket?

  17. - Nearly Normal - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:34 pm:

    Oh yeah, down for Brown!! Let’s give LaHood some real competition.

  18. - Illini97 - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:34 pm:

    Does Brown’s car have an accurate odometer? That’s a qualification now.

  19. - a drop in - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:35 pm:

    “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  20. - horse w/ no name - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:35 pm:

    Steve Brown: He single handedly took on a tornado, and won. From Washington to Washington!

  21. - D.P.Gumby - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:39 pm:

    Can he zip-line? What does he look like w/o his shirt? Can he tango?

  22. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:39 pm:

    NASCAR is way under-represented in Congress. Especially North of the Mason-Dixon Line.
    I’m in.

  23. - Illini97 - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:40 pm:

    Does he like Katy Perry?

  24. - downstate commissioner - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:41 pm:

    Illini97-LOL!! The next thing will be requiring a trackable GPS unit on all politicians’ vehicles…

  25. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:48 pm:

    Im here…I’m doing some work and reorganizing something…

    I’m all about it, the one thing My Party needs is some shaking up away from whatever we’re doing now.

  26. - Juice - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:49 pm:

    I think I just heard a crazed lunatic in Colorado yell “I (bleepin’) knew it!”

  27. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:50 pm:

    Juice wins the Internet!

  28. - Boone's is Back - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:50 pm:

    I’m down for Brown. Can he borrow Rauner’s carhart? It’d be the perfect compliment to a Nascar hat.

  29. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:50 pm:

    When is the first campsign meeting?

    Asking for “a friend”…

  30. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:53 pm:

    Hope everyoe comes to the Saluki event today. Both to help the team and in memory of a great guy, Gene Callahan. See u at D H Browns today.

  31. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:54 pm:

    ===When is the first campsign meeting?===

    Next week’s Saluki bash.

  32. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:55 pm:

    Hope everyoe comes to the Saluki event. Both to help the team and in memory of a great guy, Gene Callahan. See u at D H Browns on March 26th.

  33. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:55 pm:

    ===See u at D H Browns today.===

    The 26th is next Thursday, not today.

    Sheesh. He’s not even in the race and there’s already a political dirty trick being played.


  34. - G'Kar - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 12:59 pm:

    I live in the 18th and Brown certainly would get my vote over LaHood!

  35. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 1:08 pm:

    I know this is a joke post but as a central Illinois dem it’s just a bit dispiriting that a top aide to the head of the Illinois democratic party can’t even get his boss to put forth any dem candidates in his district.

  36. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 1:08 pm:

    ===Next week’s Saluki bash.===

    Just enough time for yard signs and walk sheets to be ready for pickup…for “a friend”

  37. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 1:13 pm:

    ===can’t even get his boss to put forth any dem candidates in his district===

    Any Democrat who would be willing to run in that district is not worth the effort to convince.

  38. - prairiestatedem - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 1:14 pm:

    I would vote for a republican for the first time in my life for Steve! If there is one thing that could fix the mess in Washington its Saluki power. I look forward to seeing many of our Saluki alums there as we toast to SIU and Gene!

  39. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 1:16 pm:

    Brown for Congress - He’ll Be Fine

    Brown for Congress - Saying and Showing Less is More

    Brown for Congress - Spokesman for the 18th District

  40. - Loop Lady - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 1:21 pm:

    This Saluki is way down…

  41. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 1:24 pm:

    Brown for Congress - Willing to Go That Extra Officially Sanctioned Mile

  42. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 1:30 pm:

    Brown for Congress - NASCAR Tested, Rickey Bobby Approved

  43. - Ray del Camino - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 1:38 pm:

    Best idea since Kinky Friedman ran for Texas Governor! Friedman had a classic slogan: “Kinky for Governor. Why the Hell Not?”

    Could work for Steve.

  44. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 1:49 pm:

    I’m not endorsing Mr. Brown, I’m not going to do that. Today. That’s not my intent to endorse Steve Brown for the 18th District, although Steve Brown woukd bring an energy and vibrance that is lacking, but today I won’t be endorsing, probably the most qualified candidate for Congress in a generation, but I’m not endorsing, I want to make that as clear a possible.

    I am, however, suspending an Exporatory Committee focusing on an 18th District candidacy as I feel there might be someone who can bring the gray confusion swirling around a red office. I’m not green with envy, no, it’s that the district needs a fighter that isn’t yellow. I’m not blue about walking away, this decision was clear, nothing too comfusing pretty black and white; the committee must be suspended. That is what I’m doing today.

  45. - onfire - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 1:57 pm:

    I need to see his abs first.

  46. - Roamin' Numeral - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 2:14 pm:

    *Pictures 13th Ward precinct captains doing field work in Dunlap.*

    Run Steve Run!

  47. - Ugly Rumours - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 2:14 pm:

    I can support him, but I’d rather he ran as a Democrat. We’ve already seen what the Republican can do.

  48. - Mama - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 2:25 pm:

    We could use some “Good old fashioned fun” for a change!

  49. - Pot calling kettle - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 3:04 pm:

    It would be great to have a Congressman who would double as his own spokesman.

  50. - steve schnorf - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 4:35 pm:

    I’m down for Brown’s, have been for years.

  51. - steve brown - Thursday, Mar 19, 15 @ 7:07 pm:

    Steve Neal would be proud
    1.katy is ok but martina mcbride is the cat’s meow
    2 i own 2 carharts vests…and a hat
    3. Off to do PX 90…with cigars and maybe a bud select

  52. - Lynn S. - Friday, Mar 20, 15 @ 1:20 am:

    PX90 with cigars and a Bud Select? Got my vote, and I refuse to touch Budweiser!

  53. - ventihot - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 9:42 am:

    Who does Steve Brown think he is trying to “worm in” on Darrin La Hood’s birthright? Darrin may not be the “man” that is father is, but he’s certainly more deserving than Steve Brown. It’s a good thing Speaker Madigan’s mouthpiece can’t be anointed when everyone knows that this seat belongs to LA Hood! Back off Brown before you end up as part of the Ray La Hood Bridge!

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