SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
The “puppetmaster”

Friday, Jul 31, 2015

* I told subscribers about this and two different mailers today

The other day, the pro-Rauner Turnaround Illinois political action committee sent a mailer to many of Rep. Frank Mautino’s constituents.

On both sides of the mailer, there is a giant, black-and-white photo of Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, who is labeled as “Chicago’s political puppetmaster Mike Madigan.” In front of the frowning speaker is a smiling Mautino connected to a puppeteer’s strings. Madigan, the mailer says, is “trying to control your representative.”

Constituents are asked to call Mautino’s office to urge the local representative to “cut the strings.”

Think this attack is unique to Mautino. Think again.

Others are targeted as well. For instance, the very similar mailer was sent to constituents of Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake. The only difference is that Yingling’s smiling face was Photoshopped above the same dark suit with red tie.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


38 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:21 pm:

    And they call Zell the grave dancer?


  2. - Wordslinger - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:23 pm:

    A much better use of the Gravedancer’s money than that goofy $2 million summer TV spot.

    At least these d.m. pieces target someone and have a call to action.


  3. - sss - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:27 pm:

    Provided without comment:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20100513012754/http://kingmadigan.com/images/MadiganTOP5.jpg


  4. - Just an Old Guy - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:30 pm:

    I say lay off Frank while he is in the hospital.


  5. - sss - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:32 pm:

    Meaning… Tried and failed before.


  6. - Boat captain - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:33 pm:

    Sad example of humanity to do that when he is struggling with a serious health issue. Would have liked to think they were above that.


  7. - Anonymous - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:33 pm:

    What happens when people call these legislators and then find out exactly what the “reforms” are that Rauner is demanding?


  8. - Chief - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:34 pm:

    Madigan should sue for infringement. If you’ve ever seen House Dems negative mailers, you would swear they held a copyright on bad photoshopping


  9. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:36 pm:

    Can’t beat somebody with nobody.

    That’s the most important “next” step


  10. - Chief - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:36 pm:

    Plus, it’s entirely feasible that come October next year, voters in competitive House districts will on the same day receive a mailer showing Madigan as the puppetmaster of the incumbent Dem and Rauner as the puppetmaster of the Republican Challenger


  11. - Coyote Chris - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:36 pm:

    Received same mailers in Alton area for Sen. Haine and Rep. Beiser


  12. - cez - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:37 pm:

    Just an old guy….unfortunately there is no hope for an actual emotional heart to appear in Rauner ‘ s chest (even the tin man had that potential ability ).The governor will only have a physical heart whose sole duty is to pump blood through his body…nothing more…no matter how much his public relations people try to craft him as caring about the common man/woman.


  13. - Anonymous - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:40 pm:

    I’m not buying that the governor signed off on or even knew about that particular mailer. Too much downside; a sick guy, an old family name, very well thought of in the district


  14. - steve schnorf - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:41 pm:

    2:40 was me


  15. - Tournaround Agenda - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:48 pm:

    Considering the Turnaround Illinois PAC is his in all but name, I find it a little hard to believe they’re doing anything the governor wouldn’t approve of, even if it didn’t directly pass through him.


  16. - Hummmm.... - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:54 pm:

    This is so unfair. Everybody knows that MJM has no power and no influence over the dems…..


  17. - How Ironic - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:55 pm:

    FIRE, READY AIM!


  18. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:00 pm:

    ===- Hummmm…. - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:54 pm

    This is so unfair. Everybody knows that MJM has no power and no influence over the dems…..===

    Explain the SSM and Conceal Carry roll calls in the Dems side.

    Don’t hurt yourself…


  19. - burbanite - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:01 pm:

    “I simply want Illinois to be the most competitive and the most compassionate state in the nation.” Bruce

    Wow! I apparently misunderstood what compassion was. I don’t see this playing well in Mautino’s district.


  20. - Norseman - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:02 pm:

    Steve, as Willy says all the time Rauner owns this. Whether he approves it personally or just trusts the staff, this is his organization made in his own image.


  21. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:04 pm:

    - Norseman -,

    Yep. He owns this, and the Entire GOP.

    Lock. Stock. And barrel. Rauner is a controlling guy.

    Rauner knew.


  22. - Wordslinger - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:12 pm:

    The administration’s unilateral rule change to knock 90% of the low income working parents who apply out of child care assistance does not promote economic competitiveness and it is certainly not compassionate.

    With any politician, pay attention to what they do, not what they say.


  23. - nixit71 - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:12 pm:

    Rich - Is it safe to assume when you close comments for the weekend, you’ll leave us with Metallica’s “Master of Puppets”?


  24. - Chief - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:16 pm:

    Or “I’m your Puppet”


  25. - Humm.. - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:19 pm:

    Willy:
    So Rauner controls the GOP, but MJM doesn’t control the dems? Now I have heard everything!


  26. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:24 pm:

    - Humm.. -

    1) Explain the SSM and Conceal Carry roll calls.

    2) Did I miss the $20 of personal monies MJM is using to control the voting buttons, or the personal MJM monies being used to run the IL Democratic State Party?

    Rauner owns the ILGOP, Rauner owns the GOP GA.

    His money, his rules.


  27. - Centennial - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:24 pm:

    Couldn’t wait a couple weeks for Frank to get back on his feet before the mailers start? Compassionate Conservatives my foot. More like classless.


  28. - Skeptic - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:25 pm:

    Wasn’t Quinnocchio a puppet as well?


  29. - Are you kidding me??? - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:28 pm:

    Poor MJM….
    No power. No control.
    No $$$ for comittee chairmanships.
    No power to kill any bill by not calling it.
    No influence.

    Some people live in a parellel universe!
    No more Kool-aid!


  30. - Not it - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:30 pm:

    While I like Mautino a lot, I’ve also liked a lot of the people the Speaker has taken out.

    It’s like the line from the Godfather: “So when he turned up [losing the election], I let it go. And I said to myself, this is the business we’ve chosen; I didn’t ask who gave the order, because it had nothing to do with business!”


  31. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:30 pm:

    ===Poor MJM….
    No power. No control.===

    Um, did anyone ever say that?

    Try not creating freshman-level straw arguments here.


  32. - Norseman - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:35 pm:

    The other thing to mention about the cheap shot at Mautino is that it looks like he’s on the way out the door.


  33. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:40 pm:

    ==- Boat captain - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:33 pm:==

    Bruce Rauner: “we’ll hurt you and your family.”


  34. - Liberty - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:42 pm:

    People get tired of elections and could bring about apathy.


  35. - Enviro - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 3:43 pm:

    But what about the puppetmasters who control Rauner
    …and the millions that have been contributed to legislate the corporate wish-list agenda in Illinois?


  36. - Faded Red - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 4:06 pm:

    So on the same week he starts a series of letters selling his turn around agenda directly to legislators, Rauner attacks them at the mailbox?? Unbelievable, really. At first I thought he was a slow learner, now it’s clear he’s totally inept. The diplomacy, the mail, has no impact. He has lost credibility and, sadly, he’s dragging a lot of good people down with down with him.


  37. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 4:13 pm:

    Very classy attacking Frank with this while he’s in the hospital.


  38. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 4:36 pm:

    If Rauner has a strategy would someone please explain it to me? I’m dumbfounded by this crap in the left hand and the nicey-nice letters in the right.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* AFSCME to announce strike authorization vote results tomorrow morning
* HGOPs fight back against Dem messaging on Rauner budget
* The appearance of access
* Today's number: $12,401,195,168.60
* It's just a bill
* Question of the day
* STI death rates on the rise here, but we're way down the list
* Local reaction to new immigration order
* *** LIVE *** House session coverage
* Is a sales tax on food really regressive?
* *** UPDATED x1 *** 14 of 16 CPS Latino Advisory Committee members resign in protest
* Not surprisingly, local governments hate permanent property tax freeze idea
* *** UPDATED x1 *** SIU's Dunn: "We need to acknowledge that FY16 is now lost"
* Mystery solved on Rauner's whereabouts
* Would term limits make much of a difference?
* Study looks at how race of prez delegates may influence GOP primary voters here
* Kennedy fundraises off of proposed budget cuts
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

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

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

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

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

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


Loading


* Senate urged to leave state’s PE requirements a.....
* Lake Ellyn improvements moving ahead thanks to .....
* Rauner pledges to stay course during Normal tri.....
* Budget Impasse Could Hit Student Workers..
* AFSCME to announce strike authorization vote re.....
* Kadner: New education head in Illinois defends .....
* Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers i.....
* Letters: Profiteering drives up workers' comp c.....
* Governor brings call for business-friendly budg.....


* Not-for-profit owner pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud
* Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them
* Immigrants change up their routines, brace for arrest
* Experts: Science behind 'abortion reversal' is flawed
* Immigrants change up their routines, brace for arrest
* Illinois education board vote settles 2008 funding lawsuit
* Hoopeston dealer gets life for cocaine and meth distribution
* Central Illinois woman gets 3-year term for baby's death
* Principals to bar immigration agents from Chicago schools
* Rockford man going back to prison after murder acquittal

* Senate urged to leave state's PE requirements alone
* AFSCME will announce results of strike-authorization vote Thursday
* Luciano: State lawmakers fiddling while Illinois burns
* Illinois education board vote settles 2008 funding lawsuit
* Municipal League opposed to permanent property tax freeze
* Illinois State University seeks public input on its future
* AFSCME strike authorization vote outcome to be revealed this week
* Cheri Bustos won't run for Illinois governor
* Illinois bill would rein in pro athletes' worker comp claims
* GOP criticizes Illinois comptroller for buying used $32K SUV

* Many Fed officials see rate hike 'fairly soon'
* Is Warren Buffett going to buy an airline? ​
* Is Warren Buffett going to buy an airline? ​


* ‘Monster’ ex-USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sex assault
* Mitchell: Ald. Carrie Austin’s voice needed on gun violence
* CPS students take to the ‘Hamilton’ stage
* 66-year-old man reported missing from Glendale Heights
* Eloy Jimenez to Cubs young core: There’s more core on the way
* Jordan Peele relies on Chicago lessons in directing horror film
* Man shot to death in Maywood
* I-57 lanes closed in south suburbs for shooting investigation
* Dead Writers Collective closes after harassment allegations
* Letters: Profiteering drives up workers’ comp costs


* Republicans who won after rowdy town halls are now avoiding them
* Bears hire Zach Azzanni as receivers coach, complete coaching staff
* Many Dakota pipeline protesters leave as remnants of camp go up in flames
* Emanuel's changed plan for tax rebate money avoids further resistance
* Shots fired on I-57 near Calumet Park, no one hurt
* Man accused of killing mother '99 percent' certain he'll testify at trial
* Woman finds husband of 40 years fatally shot in garage: 'He did no harm to anybody'
* Blackhawks tie franchise record with 7th consecutive road victory
* Rick Renteria opens up on losing Cubs job to Joe Maddon
* Skokie trustees take action in support of immigrant rights


» City Council Delays Vote On Street Performing Ordinance
» Retired Generals Oppose Grand Bargain's Lower Phys Ed Standards
» Emanuel Reworks Plan For $15M Tax Rebate Money
» Immigrants Change Up Their Routines, Brace For Arrest
» Illinois Budget Impasse Jeopardizes Hundreds Of Student Jobs At Northeastern Illinois University
» State Board Of Education To Adjust How It Distributes Money
» New Immigration Enforcement Policies Worry Some Chicago Attorneys
» Top Cop Defends His Promotion Of Commander With 90 Complaints
» Mayor, Top Cop Defend Promotion Of Commander With 90 Complaints
» How CPS’ Lawsuit Against Rauner Could Play Out


* Senate urged to leave state's PE requirements alone
* AFSCME will announce results of strike-authorization vote Thursday
* Luciano: State lawmakers fiddling while Illinois burns
* Illinois education board vote settles 2008 funding lawsuit
* Municipal League opposed to permanent property tax freeze
* E.J. Dionne: The death of a hero
* Michael Gerson: America’s sacred fire must not be doused
* Esther J. Cepeda: Betsy DeVos may be the least of public education’s worries
* Their View: Editorial: Remembering Bob Michel
* Illinois State University seeks public input on its future


* Cocaine offense puts Alton man in jail for more than a decade
* O'Fallon District 90 board casts final vote on boundaries issue
* Texas man pleads to trying to distribute cocaine in Southern Illinois
* Godfrey’s Crystal Stevens’ healthy lifestyles book hits shelves
* O’Fallon 90 School Board opts for ‘Plan D’ to accommodate growth
* PODCAST: Elizabeth Hess goes to Springfield
* Godfrey Women’s Club sponsors Godfrey candidate forum March 9
* East Alton murderer Corey Fox found fit to stand trial by judge
* Where can you find great margaritas in the metro-east?
* Godfrey preparing for final phase of Stamper Lane project


* Lake County Board chairman chooses diversity event to reveal he's gay
* District 87, teachers OK 3-year contract extension
* Grayslake North's Connolly earns MVP acclaim
* Kaneland's Martens earns MVP acclaim
* IN Current Conditions

* Majority of IL Congressional Delegation Op...
* Group upset with Trump wants Town Hall mee...
* Voters Shame Cowardly Reps with Town Halls...
* US Representative Randy Hultgren visits ne...
* Hultgren to participate in veterans forum ...
* Hultgren criticizes immigration ban, Roska...
* Hultgren guides STEM scholars through pres...
* US Congressman tours new Aurora Specialty ...
* Hultgren will be at veterans' forum March ...
* Rep. Hultgren visits Aurora Textiles plant...

* Two US Lawmakers Back Lethal Weapons For U......
* Medical, dental schools encouraged to impl......

* Illinois Senators vocally oppose Trump on ......

* Federal investigation shows Pakistani bros secretly took $100k from Iraqi source
* Hinz: Chicago's leaders are to blame for Seaway Bank's failure
* Forty-fives go mobile on the gig poster of the week
* The OnEdge experimental performance series questions traditional theatrical norms
* Retired military leaders express concern over effort to lower Illinois PE requirements
* Basketball Thursday Night - Cops And Community
* New Trier race seminar to continue as planned, school board prez says
* Basketball Wednesday Night - Cops And Community
* CPS sues Illinois over ‘unequal’ and ‘separate’ school funding, and other Chicago news
* Buzzfeed media editor Craig Silverman on the impact of fake news, what’s next for it, and what, exactly, it even is


* 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
* 2017 Budget Address

  
* [Deal] T-Mobile is running an unbelievable sale on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, LG V20
* Evan Blass shows Verizon’s Moto G5 Plus launching soon
* Packing photos and videos into one Instagram post is now possible
* Apple SIM Partner AlwaysOnline Wireless Drops Data Prices for UK Users
* This is the best look yet at the LG G6 from all angles
* The LG G6 has a hidden face, and it’s impossible to unsee
* Wattpad debuts Tap, an app for reading chat-style short stories

* Holland brings loose, fun personality to White Sox clubhouse
* Frazier to miss several days of camp with sore side
* Geo Soto, Gio Soto share bond beyond name
* Giolito feels work from offseason paying off early in camp
* White Sox earn praise for reshaping club
* Giolito feels work from offseason paying off early in camp
* White Sox content with group of catchers entering 2017


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