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Sheila Simon endorses Biss

Friday, Aug 25, 2017

* Press release…

Today, Daniel Biss announced the endorsement of former Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon.

“Daniel gets things done—that’s why I’m endorsing him for governor” said Sheila Simon. “Daniel hasn’t been stopped by political logjams or by criticism from some members of his own party. Daniel finds new ways to solve old problems and encourages all of us to fight for what we believe in. From introducing a constitutional amendment to create a progressive income tax to fighting for a more just school funding system, Daniel is a leader.”

“It’s an honor to receive Sheila’s endorsement today,” said Daniel Biss. “Every time we’ve worked together, I’ve admired Sheila’s authenticity. In a political environment increasingly marked by blind adherence to party leadership, and in which party leadership is increasingly disconnected from a grassroots base, Sheila always puts people above politics.

“As lieutenant governor, Sheila’s innovative approach to public policy pushed our laws to match our priorities—like funding domestic violence shelters, establishing election contribution limits, and improving graduation rates at community colleges. Instead of looking over her shoulder to see what everyone else is doing, she considers the gap between our state’s potential and its reality and creates new solutions to bring about that vision. It’s been a pleasure to work with Sheila throughout my time in the legislature, and I could not be more excited to have her support in this race.”

* Meanwhile…

The Ameya Pawar for Governor campaign today launched the New Deal Journal on its campaign website. The new content hub will serve as a means for Pawar’s campaign to share insights into issues and policy, volunteer profiles, news, and dispatches from the trail directly with the people of Illinois.

“A lot happens on a statewide campaign,” explains Pawar. “As I’ve traveled more than 8,0000 miles across the state, speaking with voters from Rockford to Cairo, and from Rock Island to Chicago, it’s clear people want to get involved with our people-powered campaign in many different ways. The New Deal Journal provides a new platform where voters can follow the campaign in a way they may not have been able to before. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my experiences on the trail and reading the stories from some of the thousands of volunteers who, like me, believe that we are one Illinois, and that when we lift one community up, we all get lifted.”

To visit the New Deal Journal: www.pawar2018.com/new-deal-journal

- Posted by Rich Miller        

35 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:23 am:

    Will Loose Gravel be putting on any fundraising concerts?


  2. - wordslinger - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:24 am:

    That and five bucks will get you a Happy Meal.


  3. - Saluki - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:25 am:

    I guess J.B. will go ahead and announce he is dropping out of the race.


  4. - Ha! - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:28 am:

    8,0000 miles?


  5. - Flapdoodle - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:29 am:

    Re Pawar’s “The New Deal Journal” — So everything old is new again? Why the throwback reference?


  6. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:33 am:

    How much weight does the Sheila Simon endorsement really carry? Losing for Comptroller, getting blown out last year for the State Senate…


  7. - Keyrock - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:34 am:

    That’s a minor plus for Biss — as long as she doesn’t join his ticket as the Light Gov candidate. Apart from everything else, he needs to sell himself as the future, and not the past.


  8. - Texas Red - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:36 am:

    This will do little to expand his base, which is his only path to victory


  9. - Yiddishcowboy - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:37 am:

    @Word: I believe a Happy Meal is even less than $5.00. My kids love them some Happy Meals, much to their mom’s disappointment. But, point taken.


  10. - JohnnyPyleDriver - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:38 am:

    ==Why the throwback reference?==

    There’s a decently strong undercurrent among the Democratic base that the party has lost its way. Many of those folks believe FDR had it figured out and that a return to focus on the promises of the New Deal as a frame of reference for moving forward


  11. - Southside Markie - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:43 am:

    Shelia Simon endorses Biss. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there…


  12. - Arsenal - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:50 am:

    Gotta give Pawar credit for doing just enough to stay in the conversation. He’s woefully under-resourced and doesn’t quite have the chops yet, but he seems to keep coming up with something to snag a couple headlines every few days.


  13. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:50 am:

    Simon endorsement is nice and all, but I’m not sure it brings anything of substance with it in terms of ground support or frankly many votes given Simon’s recent electoral performance.


  14. - Almost the weekend - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:50 am:

    Name still carries weight look at how well she did against JBT in the southern 20. I’m intrigued to see how downstate will go in the dem primary.


  15. - hisgirlfriday - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:53 am:

    Feels like Biss is getting the not-for-JB endorsements that Chris Kennedy should be getting if he was the real #1 not-JB candidate.


  16. - blue dog dem - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 9:55 am:

    Shiela is a wonderful person.


  17. - Arsenal - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 10:00 am:

    ==Simon endorsement is nice and all, but I’m not sure it brings anything of substance with it in terms of ground support or frankly many votes given Simon’s recent electoral performance.==

    Probably not, but he needed a surrogate in Southern IL. So that’s something.


  18. - Century Club - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 10:00 am:

    If you judge his endorsements against Pritzker’s, then obviously they don’t stack up. But if you judge them against what is realistically possible for a candidate in Biss’s position, he appears to be doing what he needs to do: Congressman Schneider, Congresswoman Kelly, several non-Chicago State Rep’s & Senators, Mayor Denner in Bloomington, Simon in Carbondale.

    Most significantly, these endorsements aren’t going to Kennedy, who stands the most to gain from marginalizing Biss’s candidacy.


  19. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 10:13 am:

    –Name still carries weight look at how well she did against JBT in the southern 20.–

    Balance that with how poorly she fared in her state senate race last year.


  20. - blue dog dem - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 10:29 am:

    Hey Biss Crew. Can we get some intel on them sunglasses Pritzker was handing out. china,North Korea? Union made? You want union vote? Do some homework.


  21. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 10:37 am:

    ===Union made?===

    That’s hilarious. You think that someone handing out promo sunglasses would have them union made? $500 a pair. Sure. Right. I’m sure they are the same cheap, Chinese products that everybody hands out. It would be unbelievably silly if it wasn’t.


  22. - Trapped in the 'burbs - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 10:42 am:

    Who?


  23. - JoeMaddon - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 10:42 am:

    **Balance that with how poorly she fared in her state senate race last year.**

    1) That is a pretty strong Republican district, especially in the weird Trump year.

    2) Biss is running as a Democrat in the primary.

    So yea, Sheila Simon isn’t the BIG answer. She doesn’t help a ton. But she sure doesn’t hurt.


  24. - Ron - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 10:56 am:

    Does China have unions?


  25. - gadfly - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 11:02 am:

    Union made sunglasses that look just like the JB promos @ $1.04 a piece or less in bulk: http://bit.ly/2vdFapv


  26. - Sic semper tyrannis - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 11:18 am:

    Sheila Simon has lost races for Mayor, State Senate, and Comptroller. Her “endorsement” means a one day news story and not much else.


  27. - Thomas Paine - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 11:24 am:

    Seems like a good time to point out Rich that Chris Kennedy gave money to Topinka when she ran against Shiela Simon.

    Kinda hard to imagine that Kennedy ever had a shot at the Simon endorsement.


  28. - Ghost - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 11:39 am:

    Kennedy really needed simon. That way you have a combo of running on family names sans substance.


  29. - Blue dog dem - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 11:40 am:

    Ducky. Like our Ag industry. China subdizes both their steel and sunglass industries.


  30. - City Zen - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 12:21 pm:

    gadfly - Those sunglasses are made out of state and don’t charge sales tax. How progressive.


  31. - hisgirlfriday - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 12:26 pm:

    Haha thanks for that back story, Thomas Paine


  32. - DuPage Saint - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 12:56 pm:

    8,000 miles? Did Pawar use he same car and odometer that Aaron Schock used?


  33. - Mr. Smith - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 12:59 pm:

    Sheila Simon is to valuable endorsements what Velveeta is to real cheese.


  34. - gadfly - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:14 pm:

    City Zen - ouch, just sayin’


  35. - Hey Now - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 3:47 pm:

    This endorsement will not help Biss out at all. She should have stayed on the City Council in Carbondale. Then this endorsement would mean something. Otherwise, it’s like an endorsement while looking in a mirror.


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