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*** UPDATED x1 - Proft responds *** Durkin asked about Proft

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 - Posted by Rich Miller

* House Republican Leader Jim Durkin spoke to the City Club of Chicago today. The first question he was asked was why Dan Proft was using his radio show to whack Durkin so hard the past couple of weeks. Durkin’s response, delivered with an exaggerated puzzled look on his face

I didn’t know that Dan Proft had a radio show.

Much laughter ensued.

* Durkin also claimed “natural attrition” is why many of his members have retired this year. The average age is about 70 of the retirees, he said. And he said other members are relatively new and found out the job just wasn’t for them. “The antagonism, the stress and the anxiety” all combined to convince them to get out.

*** UPDATE *** Response from Proft…

Durkin was in his element at the City Club–you know, with the Chicago Democrats whose bidding he does.

I’m sorry his memory is failing him as he has been on my show. Durkin is better when he’s actually clueless rather than pretending to be.

The circular firing squad abated because of Gov. Rauner’s money and his credible threat to use it against anyone who wasn’t playing ball. He either isn’t making those threats any longer or they’re no longer credible.

       

27 Comments
  1. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 1:05 pm:

    === I didn’t know that Dan Proft had a radio show.===

    If it weren’t for the Capitol Fax, neither would I.


  2. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 1:15 pm:

    ==He either isn’t making those threats any longer or they’re no longer credible. ==

    Third option: Rauner and a few of his friends are funding it. They don’t seem interested in which direction their hired guns are pointing.


  3. - illini - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 1:20 pm:

    I guess I am one of those “downstate nutbars” that doesn’t get his radio program. I am forced to listen to 3 hours of Rush instead.


  4. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 1:24 pm:

    ===I am forced to listen to 3 hours of Rush instead.===

    Try this… 670thescore.com


  5. - Roman - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 1:24 pm:

    Proft fights fellow Republicans — that’s what he knows best and does best. He wins primaries, not General Elections. Unless the financial spigot is cut off, this will continue.


  6. - Truth Squad - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 1:31 pm:

    Proft wouldn’t know how to win a General Election if it hit him in the face. So, at the moment, all he’s doing is helping nominate unelectable crazies. Some forward-thinking Republicans need to stop this nonsense.


  7. - ughh... - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 1:54 pm:

    —Try this… 670thescore.com—

    I’d rather stab my ears out with forks. Invest in Sirius..


  8. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 1:59 pm:

    No room in Uiehleinland for a Republican like Durkin? If that crew gets its way they can hold their caucuses in a broom closet.

    Quite a lot of public factional fighting going on in the GOP. Does it have something to do with that $30M for state jobs deal that Hinz reported on, and the continuing fiasco of the BTIA(TM) move?


  9. - Molly Maguire - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 2:12 pm:

    Great piece on Fresh Air this morning on WBEZ with authors of book about what happened to our politics, and particularly the Republican party. Much of it applies here, and to “tribalists” like Proft.


  10. - Been there, done that - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 2:26 pm:

    Proft needs to get his panties out of a wad….it was a joke. Geeze.
    All of Rauner and Uihlein’s money has gone straight to Proft’s ego. He has gone from being snarky and somewhat entertaining to being just plain mean and petty. Sad to watch. . . and listen to.


  11. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 2:27 pm:

    ==He wins primaries==

    Rarely does he even do that. He definitely can’t win the ones he personally runs in, or campaigns against Adam McCann.


  12. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 2:28 pm:

    ==Adam McCann==

    Sam*. Although Proft probably wouldn’t beat an Adam McCann either.


  13. - September - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 2:30 pm:

    One things that people have not focused on is that Durkin’s fundraising numbers are dreadful. Actually rather pathetic, he can continue to pick fights with Proft all he wants; however, he has no ability to defend his members in any of these potential Proft primaries without the Governor’s assistance. My point: stop the infighting and focus on the dems.


  14. - illini - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 2:40 pm:

    @Ducky and @ughh - I didn’t mean to imply that I would actually listen to Rush for those 3 hours. KMOX is my morning station and I usually switch to MPR or turn on Spotify at 11.

    Yet, for some reason, I do get periodic emails from 670thescore. So I have an idea what you are referring to. Wish I knew how they got my email.


  15. - Ghost - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 2:42 pm:

    You get’m Proft! Much better a left leaning Democrat then a moderate Republican who doesn’t share 100% of your views…..


  16. - Amalia - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 2:44 pm:

    Jim Durkin, comedy gold. Proft is so active everywhere, think he just spoke in Maine Township for the Char Foss-Eggman organization.


  17. - Deft Wing - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 2:48 pm:

    Proft wins primaries? Well, I guess he’s won a few but his batting average is below the Mendoza line. On the whole, he and his gang of “revolutionaries” have lost more than they’ve won. Dick Uihlein seems to like Proft though … remember their mutual hatred of gay marriage?


  18. - Lester Holt's Mustache - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 2:58 pm:

    ==Try this… 670thescore.com==

    Illini, I don’t know how far south you are but you can pick up 670 AM on actual radio (if you can’t listen on your computer) down to Carbondale most days. I’ve gotten clear reception all the way down to Paducah on clear days. Don’t listen to ughh, if you’re a fan of Chicago teams it’s a good station.

    And also Dan Proft is a terrible human being.


  19. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 3:35 pm:

    If I have to choose, it’s not even close.

    It’s Durkin.

    If the Governor has to choose, that’s where the confusing part begins.

    Proft has never been about building the GOP, Proft is about finding conflict where it can exist to benefit financially from that conflict.

    That, and the pettiness and anger and frustration that a Proft loves to feed his own grudges.

    Proft loves and lives for slights, grudges, pettiness and divisiveness.

    It’s his brand, and gets the most financially out of those “small” things


  20. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 3:49 pm:

    “And also Dan Proft is a terrible human being.”

    What an incredibly irresponsible thing to say — do you have any proof Dan Proft is a human being?

    – MrJM


  21. - Langhorne - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 4:28 pm:

    Proft represents a minority of a minority.
    He attacks the minority, to impose purity, leading to an even smaller minority. Its like political musical chairs.

    Dan–60.


  22. - ughh... - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 4:32 pm:

    –Don’t listen to ughh, if you’re a fan of Chicago teams it’s a good station. –

    If you want insightful Chicago sports go to ESPN 1000 - They have an A-List cast from Kap to Waddle. 670 has subpar analysis - cant listen to it for more than 5 minutes. Jim Miller has a Sirius show, and it is great for your general NFL fan who also likes the Bears.


  23. - DeseDemDose - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 5:43 pm:

    Proft has wasted more of other Republicans money than Rauner without results.


  24. - Annonin' - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 5:51 pm:

    Durkie promoted wingman to let gov and said is the state lead on Amazon…omg


  25. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 7:24 pm:

    –Dan Proft‏
    @DanProft
    Follow
    More
    Is Schaumburg the best place to live in IL?
    Is assessing the best place to live in IL like debating over the tallest skyscraper in Wichita?
    4:52 AM - 19 Sep 2017–

    A 24-hour-d-bag.


  26. - LoisLearned2much - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:14 pm:

    IL Gov Bruce Rauner response to Durkin re: Proft. Rauner asks, “Who is Dan Proft.”


  27. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Sep 20, 17 @ 8:51 am:

    –Rauner asks “Who is Dan Proft?”–

    The guy Rauner gave $2.5M to primary McCann.


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