Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » GOP tries to clean up Gidwitz’s mess
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
GOP tries to clean up Gidwitz’s mess

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

* Pearson

A series of verbal gaffes by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk have left top Illinois Republicans privately fretting over his re-election bid, but they also concede there’s little chance he’ll be pressured into leaving next year’s ticket.

“Not going to happen,” said one prominent Republican close to Gov. Bruce Rauner, a major Kirk ally.

Several factors contribute to the Kirk-or-bust GOP outlook: He’s got the support of Rauner and the Washington GOP establishment. The first-term senator has no intention of leaving. And it’s too late to recruit and fund a major candidate to keep a seat that’s viewed as essential for Republicans to retain their Senate majority in 2016.

Kirk’s camp found itself on the defensive Wednesday, a day after veteran Republican fundraiser and businessman Ron Gidwitz initially called for Kirk to step down because he was hurting the party’s prospects. Gidwitz quickly recanted and endorsed Kirk, but the damage had been done.

* O’Connor

Pat Brady, the former Illinois Republican Party chairman, said the party needs to “rally around” Kirk.

“He’s been a great senator,” Brady said. “He’s been a leader on national security issues. He’s really tried to be bipartisan, which, in Illinois, is important. He’s been good on the environment. He was way out front on the marriage equality issue, so he fits the state perfectly, and he’s a great candidate for us.”

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Tim Schneider, current chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, also expressed support for Kirk’s re-election bid in statements late Tuesday.

Kirk has received widespread financial support, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has been working to get him re-elected.

* Korecki

[Former Gov. Jim Edgar] said he not only believes Kirk can ride out the recent rough waters, but that he may be in the best position to keep the seat in Republican hands in 2016. Edgar notes that 2016 will be an especially challenging year for any Republican, given that it’s a presidential year. Illinois is still a blue state and Democratic turnout is expected to be high.

What’s crucial to Kirk’s survival is receiving Rauner’s unwavering support, those in the party say. In winning back the governor’s mansion last year, Rauner united what was a fractured and cash-strapped Republican party. So far, the deep-pocketed Rauner has pledged Kirk his support.

He held an event for Kirk in March and is expected to appear with the senator this summer in Springfield during the state fair.

“Without the governorship, Republicans aren’t really a cohesive party,” Edgar said. “The governor is the 800-pound gorilla.”

* Meanwhile

While the GOP’s hard line on Planned Parenthood is hardly surprising, it comes as some party strategists have advised members to tread lightly on social issues so as to not turn off young and female voters, especially in purple and blue states.

One Republican apparently taking that advice to heart is Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, who told The Hill this week he doesn’t plan to “cut access to basic health care and contraception for women, the majority of whom have no other resources.”

For their part, Planned Parenthood officials are pushing back vigorously against what they’ve characterized as a right-wing smear campaign.

“These extremists created a fake business, made apparently misleading corporate filings and then used false government identifications to gain access to Planned Parenthood’s medical and research staff with the agenda of secretly filming without consent — then heavily edited the footage to make false and absurd assertions about our standards and services,” Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.

Discuss.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

32 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 10:35 am:

    Artl, you can have my Cannoli today. You need it more than me.

    I’m embarrassed that a useless ATM machine caused all this flurry of work to reinforce something not needing to be done.

    Please. Mr. Gidwitz. Do you see why no one wants your thoughts said out loud? Just write the checks they tell you to write and “zip it”.

    On second thought, I’ll send you a box of Cannoli, Kevin.


  2. - walker - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 10:36 am:

    Wonder what Ted Cruz has to say abut his Senate colleague.

    Kirk has been more moderate on social issues than many of his national party. No one had to give him any advice on that score. They should be taking more of his advice.


  3. - The Captain - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 10:39 am:

    This is going to be a tough time for Kirk and the Tribune but I have complete faith that they will, as always, get through this together.


  4. - Not Again - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 10:46 am:

    Somewhat sad to see Gidwitz reduce himself to this. I would assume that had he not been shot down so quickly that draftgidwitz.com would have popped up.


  5. - Not Again - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 10:47 am:

    Or maybe IamGiddy4Gidwitz.com


  6. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 10:48 am:

    “WWW.GoodbyeGidwitz.Org”


  7. - Arsenal - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 10:48 am:

    Rauner World is absolutely right. I think Kirk is going to lose next year, but he’s far and away the Republicans’ best shot at keeping the seat.


  8. - chi - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 10:52 am:

    Despite the fact that he’s right on this issue, from a Republican perspective, what good has Gidwitz ever done for the party? The time period in which his influence was strongest was certainly not a good time for the GOP in Illinois, and his statement about Kirk does not further the chances of the GOP retaining the seat.


  9. - Wow - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 10:54 am:

    Trump and Kirk at the top of the ticket in Illinois.. Oh boy!!


  10. - Team Sleep - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 10:57 am:

    He is our best shot. And whether the “activists” actually get “it” or not, this is where the national campaign committees need to exert their influence as well. I will listen to and take campaign advice from people like Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin when they actually, you know, run a campaign or win an election. Until then, I plan on listening to the actual pros and people who do this stuff for a living.


  11. - A guy - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 11:00 am:

    Gidwitz was way out over his skis and they aren’t that long to begin with. He’s a stooge.
    I’ve never been a huge Kirk fan, but I’ve always supported him as our nominee and Senator. He’s assembled an excellent record as a public servant. His military record is laudable. Like every Senator I’ve ever seen, their deliberative-ness has gotten the best of him more often than some would like. The Senate is full of goofy quotes by members of both parties going back to the beginning.

    He’s done a very good job for Illinois. He’s very highly qualified. His personal struggles have made him stronger, if not more discreet. His resume, service, and public record far, far exceeds that of Tammy Duckworth or Andi Zopp.

    He’s the best, most qualified person in the race. We absolutely should support him. And I will. Vigorously.


  12. - Team Sleep - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 11:10 am:

    Chi - he stuck with the ILGOP financially when few others would. He could have bailed or even flipped sides but he did not. He was instrumental in securing a lot of financing for Justice Karmeier’s efforts in 2004.


  13. - Amazing - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 11:11 am:

    Kirk’s toast, gidwitz was right before he chickened out. Unless they drafted an Edgar type, Zoop or duckworth is going to walk in 60-40.


  14. - From the 'Dale to HP - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 11:11 am:

    If it’s “too late to recruit and fund a major candidate” for the GOP… then they’re in big, big trouble.

    But personally don’t believe this for a second. Sounds more like a GM giving the coach a vote of confidence…


  15. - Mama - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 11:12 am:

    Why does anyone care what Ron Gidwitz thinks? Kirk will win his re-election.


  16. - LincolnLounger - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 11:19 am:

    @Team Sleep: He didn’t stick with the party during the tough times — he preferred it that way. He LOVES being the key guy. Adjusting to a different Rauner world is what he hates. He was marginally a fund-raising co-chair for Rauner, but they really don’t like each other and Gidwitz resents Rauner coming out of nowhere to now being in charge.


  17. - Robert the Bruce - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 11:23 am:

    A last minute replacement republican candidate for Senator, how’d that work out last time it was tried?


  18. - William - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 11:23 am:

    I’d rather lose the seat than vote for a Republican afraid of PP.


  19. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 11:24 am:

    Pat Brady is right.

    The irony of Ron Gidwitz going far off-script while criticizing Mark Kirk for the same thing is delicious.


  20. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 11:35 am:

    ==Unless they drafted an Edgar type==

    This was being mentioned in comments ironically a few days ago.

    Not sensing any irony here.


  21. - Juvenal - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 11:39 am:

    === His military record is laudable. ===

    Which one?


  22. - Midstate Indy - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 11:55 am:

    Anybody called Alan Keyes lately?


  23. - A guy - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 12:01 pm:

    +++ Juvenal - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 11:39 am:

    === His military record is laudable. ===

    Which one?+++

    How bout I answer that as soon as you reveal yours?
    He served. A long period of time. With distinction. Embellishment isn’t modest, but it doesn’t diminish decades of service in active and reserve duty.

    You want to diminish anyone’s service in uniform you’re gonna have a big problem with me. (in your case, yet another one. Goof)


  24. - D.P.Gumby - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 12:01 pm:

    The illegal and fraudulent conduct of the hit group going after Planned Parenthood is what needs to be criminally investigated.


  25. - King Maker - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 12:13 pm:

    Kirk will be fine but the wild card in this race will be the third person running on the Dem side. He is AA, knows DC politics, and a CC commissioner. Let the games begin.


  26. - Anon - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 12:46 pm:

    ===“These extremists created a fake business, made apparently misleading corporate filings and then used false government identifications to gain access to Planned Parenthood’s medical and research staff with the agenda of secretly filming without consent”===

    Some days I’m just happy that they’re not blowing up buildings and killing doctors.


  27. - The Velour Nail - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 12:54 pm:

    King Maker, I hope you’re right. I am very interested in a D who can knock off Duckworth b/c otherwise, Kirk takes this by a country mile.


  28. - The Captain - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 1:25 pm:

    The Velour Nail, yesterday’s offer still stands.


  29. - A guy - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 4:12 pm:

    Any rules about bookmaking on this site?


  30. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 4:22 pm:

    - A Guy -

    “The talking of, let’s say “over/under” or the giving of odds is only for exhibition. It’s not a gaming competition. Please, no wagering.”


  31. - JS Mill - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 7:33 pm:

    =You want to diminish anyone’s service in uniform you’re gonna have a big problem with me.=

    You may want to share that sentiment with the RNC, they did a pretty good hatchet job on John Kerry.

    Lying or embellishing ones service record, regardless of length of service, dishonors all those who served proudly, bravely, loyally without the self aggrandizement. People like my father, and brother. Unacceptable.


  32. - Someone you should know - Thursday, Jul 30, 15 @ 10:35 pm:

    Look; not for nothing but the Boykin for senate meme that is being floated here is down right hilarious!!!


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Question of the day
* School has kid slapped with felony eavesdropping charge
* AG Madigan to file lawsuit challenging "cruel and unconstitutional policy" at southern border
* Rep. Andersson tries a comeback
* CTU's Lewis to retire
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Rauner brags he's "dramatically" reduced Medicaid enrollment, but hit on "failing" computer system
* Fitch: "The enacted budget entails significant implementation risk"
* *** UPDATED x2 - Pritzker campaign calls comments "racist" *** After Black Caucus backlash, Gov. Rauner says he's "Not surprised they're sensitive because the black legislators really have not been serving their community very well"
* Rep. Chad Hays to resign
* The local news memory hole
* No Janus ruling today
* Police chiefs want Rauner to veto hemp bill
* *** UPDATED x1 - Rauner campaign responds *** New Pritzker TV ad blames Rauner for job losses to neighboring states
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

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

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

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

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


Loading


* SVM EDITORIAL: Let schools, not state, determin.....
* School districts nervous about possible $40000 .....
* Gov. Rauner's legacy rests with the US Supr.....
* Morrison says there's no room in budget to .....
* Illinois police chiefs speak out against legali.....
* Black Illinois Lawmakers and Gov. Rauner Contin.....
* Is Melania Trump rising to Evita status?..
* Gov. Rauner on the future of Illinois, NAFTA, &.....
* Illinois' officials weigh in on immigration.....
* The Week in Review: Immigration Debate Explodes.....


* Illinois man flees police, banned from motorcycle for year
* Illinois-Kentucky ferry may sink under rising costs
* Illinois WWII vet receives France's highest honor
* University of Illinois seeks dismissal of free speech suit
* Zoning exception OK'd for seed company near Springfield
* University will honor alumnus who stopped Indiana shooting
* Illinois finalizes its plans to prevent another Russian hack
* EXCHANGE: Marengo families seeking normalcy year after blast
* EXCHANGE: Students find second Fort Kaskaskia site
* Man convicted of escaping ICE custody at NYC airport

* Illinois stands to gain from Supreme Court decision
* Records: Mansion used in Rauner's 'Porcelain Prince' ad got its own tax reduction
* Illinois politicians seek answers to family separations at border
* 80+ years later, Meredosia woman sees the opening of another new bridge
* Chatham man wins Illinois Bicentennial coin design contest
* Rauner to consider allowing medical cannabis for opioid patients
* Bipartisan work yields gun bills, fate rests with Rauner
* Rauner names Justin Blandford curator of Governor's Mansion
* Rauner names Williamsville woman interim HFS director
* Both Rauner and Pritzker have donated to Mansion renovations

* Mariano's parent buys turnaround time
* Trump's tariff tweet spurs consternation at local car dealerships
* Illinois' existential problem: Shrinking number of young people
* Chicago set for another big TV year
* Chicago manufacturer automates—then hires


* Is the Bulls rebuild ready for a playoff run? Their in-house homer says yes
* Border controversy inflames GOP’s split with Latinos
* SIU to honor Jason Seaman, alumnus who stopped Indiana shooting
* 2 teen boys charged with pair of Old Town robberies
* Pantera co-founder, drummer Vinnie Paul, dies at 54
* Trump administration seeks to expand immigrant family detention
* Police: Series of construction sites burglarized on North, Near North sides
* HUD failed to track lead paint cases, ensure fixes: reports
* Lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens
* Teamsters at Disney World violated labor law: panel


* U.S. moves 100 coffins to North Korean border to collect war remains
* Coached hard, Chandler Hutchison stands ready to work hard for Bulls
* House candidate who beat Rep. Mark Sanford seriously hurt in car wreck
* Source for Trump's specious claim of 63,000 immigrant murders? A congressman's blog
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 6/23/18
* Iceland, Mexico, England vie for U.S. World Cup support
* Johnny Depp has blown through more money than you'll ever have
* Ricketts family interested in buying AC Milan, source says
* 7 surprising things about Wendell Carter Jr., the Bulls top pick
* Lucas Giolito’s win, James Shields’ loss like night and day for White Sox in doubleheader


» ‘That’s A Sad Woman’: Struggling Lincoln Foundation To Sell Monroe, Sandburg Photos
» The Week in Review: Immigration Debate Explodes in Chicago
» Rauner: Black Legislators Not Serving Their Community
» State Week: Online Sales Taxes; CPS Scandal; Rauner Takes On Black Caucus
» WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: June 22, 2018
» Jurors Get Close-Up View Of Chicago Politics In Probes Of Shootings By Cops
» Ailing Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis Retiring
» Rebecca Makkai, Author Of ‘The Great Believers’; Crowded Starved Rock; Illinois Outdoor Destinations
» Cook County To Hire Sexual Harassment Watchdog
» #656 Hinds & Opinions on Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Parquet Courts & More


* George Will: Charles Krauthammer, a diagnostician of our public discontents
* Ed Rogers: Democrats still have no message on the economy or jobs
* Point: Obamacare's constitutionality ends when its tax ends
* Counterpoint: Injustice reigns as Trump's Justice Department attacks Obamacare
* Juliana Stratton: Black community wants more than just proclamations from leaders
* Thumbs Up: To Illiopolis boy for helping shepherd bill through the Statehouse
* Illinois stands to gain from Supreme Court decision
* Records: Mansion used in Rauner's 'Porcelain Prince' ad got its own tax reduction
* Our View: A welcome start at cleaning House
* Our View: White Oaks Mall smart to diversify offerings


* Penguin Project taking the show to Vegas
* How often are police really using force?
* Harvesting history: Rendleman Orchards celebrates its 145th year
* Daily Digest: Event raises $8K for Western Ave. center
* START THE WEEK OFF RIGHT: For your health, pass on salt
* SIUC researcher creating inventory of Southern Illinois pollinators
* Home and Community Education group celebrating centennial
* 'Eggs'ellent meal
* Housing authority properties ready to go smoke free
* Hays to leave Legislature early


* Blackhawks start Day 2 with American center Wise
* Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant
* Argentina: cocaine seized in World Cup trophy replicas
* Illinois man flees police, banned from motorcycle for year
* Protests, facility visits planned amid immigration confusion

* 'Zero Tolerance' Policy Shows Niel...
* Barr's bid to ban race day drugs gets ...
* House Democrats demand answers from EPA on...
* Groups weigh in on House farm bill vote
* House members demand answers from EPA on R...
* The palace intrigue and backstories on Tru...
* Area congressmen back narrowly passed Hous...
* The GOP-led House has narrowly passed the ...
* Roskam navigates immigration uproar as riv...
* Chicago non-profit sheltering separated im...

* WATCH: Democratic candidate Londrigan brin......
* Hacking is state's biggest electoral t......
* The mainstream media's immigration hyp......
* Chicago group says finding minors' fam......
* Democrats should stop playing political fo......

* Pulse of the Voters: The increasing influe......
* Tammy Duckworth TV Commercials Ads...
* Mazie Hirono, Tammy Duckworth, and ......
* Canadian Minister Breastfeeds During Parli......
* Democratic senators blast DeVos for mishan......

* Jeff Sessions explains the difference between Nazi Germany and the U.S. under Trump.
* George Will.
* A Charles White retrospective on the centenary of his birth in Chicago.
* Keeping retirement real. Dockless motor scooters.
* A Major Development in Business Law: Regulators Gone Wild — Is Relief Coming from the Courts?
* We Love A Parade! Enjoy Uptown Pride on Sunday
* High-minded ideals to do battle against the “red wave” – will anybody win?
* World Cup Notebook: Ronaldo Is The King Of The World
* Elonorail
* The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #206: Bulls Draft Safe And Sound


* Chairman Fratianni selected for national workers' comp leadership role
* Unemployment Rate Continues Falling in All Metro Areas

  
* How Jurassic Park led to the modernization of dinosaur paleontology
* Does Facebook know enough about us to play cupid?
* 7 new trailers you should watch this week
* Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro poses for official product photo shoot
* 5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly
* Weekend deals on Razer laptops, an LG soundbar, and more
* Fast food is the best use case for technology

* A farewell, to one of my favorite White Sox fans
* A farewell, to one of my favorite White Sox fans
* White Sox Minor League Report: June 22, 2018
* Mieses' single leads AZL White Sox to 9-3 win over AZL C...
* A's split doubleheader against White Sox
* After ending skid, White Sox pursue another win over A's
* White Sox Minor League Report: June 22, 2018


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

Archives
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
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