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Friday, Oct 6, 2017

* ILGOP…

In a Nod to Madigan, Longtime Madigan Front Group Expected to Endorse Pritzker
IL Dem County Chairs Assoc. has funneled campaign cash to Madigan’s allies and vulnerable House Democrats for years

“ILDCCA President Doug House is taking orders from Madigan - that’s why tomorrow’s expected endorsement of J.B. Pritzker comes as no surprise. For years, Madigan has used the ILDCCA to funnel campaign cash to his allies and vulnerable House Democrats. Now, Madigan is using the ILDCCA to bestow Pritzker with the Democratic nomination for governor.” - Illinois Republican Party Spokesman Aaron DeGroot

Tomorrow, the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association will be conducting a vote to endorse a gubernatorial candidate for the upcoming Democratic primary. In a nod to Speaker Mike Madigan, the ILDCCA is expected to endorse J.B. Pritzker, Madigan’s candidate for governor.

ILDCCA President and Madigan front man Doug House has already stated he will be casting his endorsement vote for J.B. Pritzker. House’s endorsement comes as no surprise - he’s already urged his fellow Democrats to “play nice” and not upset Madigan, as Madigan continues to steer support to Pritzker.

House and his predecessors have long done Madigan’s bidding and used the ILDCCA to funnel campaign cash to Madigan’s allies and vulnerable House Democrats.

After taking big campaign checks from special interest groups associated with Madigan and allies of Madigan in the General Assembly, the ILDCCA turned around and funneled that campaign cash to former House Democrats and Madigan-enablers like Kate Cloonen, John Bradley, and Mike Smiddy.

It’s clear the ILDCCA is one of many Madigan front groups.

Now, Madigan is using the ILDCCA to bestow Pritzker with the Democratic nomination for governor. The fact that Madigan will do anything to ensure Pritzker wins the nomination should worry Illinois voters, particularly Democrats.

I count 19 mentions of the word “Madigan” in that release. And it’s 21 if you include the subject line of the e-mail.

*** UPDATE ***  From the ILDCCA…

Rich,

I wanted to respond to the ILGOP press release that you posted on the blog. This is the typical ILGOP response to everything. Blame someone eles for their constant failures. This response is also hysterical given the ILGOP has been bought and paid for by Bruce Rauner.

The IDCCA is made up of 102 independent County Chairs who will meet tomorrow and decide for themselves who will be the best candidate to defeat Bruce Rauner.

While the ILGOP continues to become unhinged in the midst of their own civil war, at least they could come up with something better than the same old response.

If you need anything else, please let me know. Thanks

Dan Kovats
Executive Director
Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association

- Posted by Rich Miller        

58 Comments
  1. - Red Rider - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 10:48 am:

    MJM for governor, a man that goes to work.


  2. - StevenYaffe'sOldRoomate - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 10:50 am:

    Yaffe would be proud.


  3. - Fax Machine - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 10:51 am:

    As goofy as this looks, I’m guessing that the Madigan attack must poll really well so there’s a method to the madness.


  4. - Anon221 - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 10:53 am:

    Ah… the old “Madigan MadLib” strikes again.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 10:54 am:

    See to your own house, phony “ILGOP”, it appears Raunerites want to be Republicans again, and Bruce and Diana Rauner need to keep their property bought.

    I’ll say this about the old Rauner Word Jumble…

    It may have used Madigan 6 times, I’d go as high as 8, but not double digits.

    This new Raunerism going with 19 “Madigan” mentions must mean Goldberg and Co must’ve took the advance software with them when Diana Rauner wanted that IPI messaging change.


  6. - Honeybadger - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 10:56 am:

    And the ILGOP (formerly known as the Raunerite party) is/was ok with the money Rauner gave to them? They are ok with the money Dick Uihlein and Ken Griffin gives to them?


  7. - South of Sherman - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 10:57 am:

    “The fact that Madigan will do anything to ensure Pritzker wins the nomination should worry Illinois voters, particularly Democrats.”

    I think it’s great that the Illinois GOP is so concerned about lowering the stress levels of Democrats. Maybe Republicans should offer some backrubs, too, while they’re at it.


  8. - phocion - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 10:57 am:

    Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6Fuxkinhug


  9. - DownstateKid - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 10:57 am:

    Smart. Madigan has been polling around -70% favorable since 2014.

    Until that budges upward, keep hammering.


  10. - Norseman - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 10:57 am:

    Too bad the Speaker can’t trademark his name. The ILGOP would be broke. Then again, the ILGOP is already broken as an entity.


  11. - Chicago_Downstater - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 10:59 am:

    Wow if this were a drinking game we’d all be dead.

    I wonder if there’s a saturation point on the Madigan messaging technique. At one time I would’ve thought so, but after the continual focus on Hilary’s emails during the national presidential election and how well that worked for Trump I’m beginning to think there aren’t saturation points for messaging anymore.


  12. - VanillaMan - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:00 am:

    Yawn
    I tired of Trump bashing and I’m tired of Madigan bashing.
    If this is all these parties can say, then they have nothing to say at all.
    Enough already.


  13. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:01 am:

    - DownstateKid -

    Rauner is polling 63% disapproval.

    Rauner signed HB40, the only governor in the country to sign an abortion bill so liberal.

    Rauner has no full year budgetary success.

    But, “Because Madigan”, lol

    I guess saying it 19 times makes Republicans forget HB40?


  14. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:02 am:

    OW you mention “Rauner” 5 times and Diana twice in your 7 line word jumble so the hypocrisy about “Madigan” is a little thick.

    You are still the only poster that is concerned with Diana Rauner daily. How does she poll?


  15. - VanillaMan - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:04 am:

    Change your boring tune ILGOP.
    The Madigan Dance is so 2014.


  16. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:05 am:

    Just confirms what I’ve been saying about the Rauner re-elect messaging. With homage to Joe Biden, it’s gonna be a noun, a verb and Mike Madigan.


  17. - DownstateKid - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:06 am:

    Madigan slightly edged out Rauner’s disapproval rating, 61 percent to 58 percent, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll said.

    Hey OW, show off that Illinois education and tell me which is lower?


  18. - City Zen - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:06 am:

    ==I count 19 mentions of the word “Madigan” in that release.==

    Only 18 were necessary.


  19. - The Captain - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:07 am:

    Not that facts would stop the ILGOP from running Blame_Madigan.4.0.exe but the County Chairman’s Association for years was the actual state party for the rest of the candidates that weren’t Democratic state reps. For a number of years they even managed/licensed the national Democratic party voterfile, until DPI finally took it over a few years ago. Painting them as a Madigan puppet operation is pretty silly to anyone who actually knows Democratic politics.


  20. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:07 am:

    That’s to be expected. Every D press release and advertisement for the next year is going to be RaunerRaunerRaunerRauner and TrumpTrumpTrumpTrump. Just have to see who Illinois voters dislike more.


  21. - Name Withheld - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:08 am:

    If you say it three times while looking in the mirror, an apple appears.


  22. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:09 am:

    ===Madigan slightly edged out Rauner’s disapproval rating, 61 percent to 58 percent, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll said.===

    If you want to say 63% disapproval is “better”

    You can claim the tallest midget, lol

    === show off that Illinois education===

    Aren’t you from “Downstate”?

    You are dissing Illinois schools. Why?

    Rauner is also running statewide.

    Madigan isn’t.


  23. - Ghost - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:10 am:

    Downstate kid has a good point, they were able to beat Madigan and unseat him, kicked out Sam McCann and kept Dunkin in office using the Madigan theme


  24. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:12 am:

    When was that Paul Simom poll?

    When was the DGA Poll?

    You get back to me with that - DownstateKid -


  25. - illini - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:13 am:

    My county is one that is not voting tomorrow to endorse Pritzker.

    I could be wrong, but this is the first time to my knowledge, that the ILDCCA has endorsed any candidate in a state level contested campaign.


  26. - Steve - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:14 am:

    Illinois GOP worries about Madigan financed government schools’ pupils influencing minds…


  27. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:15 am:

    ==Madigan slightly edged out Rauner’s disapproval rating, 61 percent to 58 percent, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll said.==

    While you challenge OW, maybe you can show off your education for the rest of us? What is 58% disapproval plus breaking a direct promise to the largest portion of the GOP base, every Republican statehouse official and the leader of the Illinois Catholic church?


  28. - Fax Machine - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:15 am:

    MadiganMadiganMadigan is by far the most effective message ILGOP has so they’d be foolish not to play the card every chance they get.

    Madigan hate is probably the only thing that can get pro-lifers to come out & vote for Rauner after HB40.

    It all looks goofy, but considering Rauner’s record, they’re being politically astute by making it all about Madigan.


  29. - ChrisB - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:16 am:

    Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.


  30. - Henry Francis - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:18 am:

    Brevity is the soul of wit.


  31. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:18 am:

    - Lester Holt’s Mustache -

    I was waiting for someone to chime in this…

    ===What is 58% disapproval plus breaking a direct promise to the largest portion of the GOP base, every Republican statehouse official and the leader of the Illinois Catholic church?===

    … ’cause all that educating, I wanted to ask all you did… then ask … “What was the margin of error”, but didn’t want to be too ruin your fine work.


  32. - Moe Berg - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:22 am:

    The next name the IL GOP is going to need to start focusing on is TRUMP. I expect their candidates, especially in the burbs, will get an assist on that from the Democrats. An unpopular plutocrat POTUS paired with an unpopular plutocrat gov. Good luck with that. That’s definitely a “movement” to quote Rauner.

    Madigan won’t be the GOP’s trump card. Trump will be the Dem’s trump card. (See 2006, see 2010 for how that works.)


  33. - DownstateKid - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:22 am:

    -Rauner is also running statewide.

    Madigan isn’t.-

    I’ve heard this same exact line used for Nancy Pelosi. “She isn’t running nationwide.”

    IF you think Madigan won’t be an anchor statewide, I got some beach property right along the Mackinaw river.

    And to Lester, the Illinois GOP is moderate, but if anything Rauner stuck to his original promise. I personally wanted an AV, but this is where I think OW is right: The anger will subside, a Dem will emerge from the primary and the ILGOP will come together to win the map.

    OW has decent analysis when it doesn’t directly pertain to Rauner or his wife. But utter the R-word and the big boy loses his marbles. It’s kinda sad watching his declining state since the 2014 Pub primary.


  34. - Fax Machine - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:22 am:

    Pritzker is the only Dem Rauner has a prayer of beating.

    The Kennedy or Biss negatives are nothing compared to Rauner’s disastrous record.

    However, Rauner can go nonstop negative on Pritzker over Blago, his property taxes & being Madigan’s hand-picked candidate and muddy him up enough to make it a 50/50 race, especially now that Pritzker can’t make pro-choice an issue in the race.


  35. - @MisterJayEm - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:26 am:

    “Change your boring tune ILGOP.”

    My memory isn’t what it once was, VanillaMan — did you ever do “Madigan” set to the Glenn Campbell/Jimmy Webb classic “Galveston”?

    – MrJM


  36. - DownstateKid - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:27 am:

    I’m gonna give one take on this Gov. election and this copy & paste.

    It’s a pure turnout game if it’s Pritzker vs Rauner. It will be extremely negative, nasty and expensive. Each man can flood the airwaves everyday for months.

    Rauner will have few accomplishments, the one-who-cannot-be-named in top office and potential for a change election.

    Pritzker will be another billionaire running for top office of a party that is increasingly anti-rich, anti-white male and tethered to Madigan.

    Both men will depress turnout. We shall see who wins.


  37. - DownstateKid - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:29 am:

    Fax Machine -

    Agreed. Kennedy from the jump that scared me.

    Great take.


  38. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:29 am:

    ===I’ve heard this same exact line used for Nancy Pelosi. “She isn’t running nationwide.”===

    Oh. You wanna factor in Trump. I was avoiding that, but “ok”

    ===IF you think Madigan won’t be an anchor statewide, I got some beach property right along the Mackinaw river.===

    Right now, former bought and paid for Raunerite legislators feel Bruce Rauner is an anchor.

    ===The anger will subside, a Dem will emerge from the primary and the ILGOP will come together to win the map.===

    No. I’ll speak for me.

    I stated what will happen, not the outcome.

    ===has decent analysis when it doesn’t directly pertain to Rauner or his wife===

    No I don’t. Why, just today you made snide remarks on my aptitude multiple times on many things, and on that specific, would you like me to point out where you flipped out and went on a tangent there?

    Give me a break. You’re as phony as Rauner.

    ===But utter the R-word and the big boy loses his marbles. It’s kinda sad watching his declining state since the 2014 Pub primary.===

    … and yet, you’ve yet, even today been able to refute my comments.

    Oh… this…?

    === show off that Illinois education===

    Aren’t you from “Downstate”?

    You are dissing Illinois schools. Why?

    Answer at your convenience, thanks.


  39. - Retired Educator - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:30 am:

    Very redundant, the same message over and over. We get it, Madigan Bad. How is this different then the Republican groups funneling money to their guys? I know; it is only bad when the other guy does it. By the way, your writer stinks, I think you guys should hire a ghost writer. It couldn’t hurt, and your messages might make sense.


  40. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:32 am:

    The linkage of JB Pritzker to Speaker Madigan is richly deserved.

    JB is the only Democratic candidate to not criticize the Speaker’s conflict of interest as a property tax lawyer or his policies.

    Apparently JB is fine with the Speaker’s policies that have been disastrous for Illinois.

    The Speaker talks about working to raise the standard of living for Illinois residents but he is only concerned about the middle class workers in the public sector.

    His polices have hurt the middle class as our property tax, workers comp, legal and regulatory environment discourage employers from expanding in Illinois.

    He has done nothing to reign in runaway spending that has reduced the standard of living for poor and middle class families through record tax increases.

    He has never introduced legislation for the progressive tax structure JB advocates for. What makes them think it could pass now if it was not even proposed during the 12 years of total control of state government by Democrats?

    They are counting on zero backlash to incumbent Cook County Democrats after they voted for record tax increases without any reform of state, county or city government or our business environment.


  41. - zatoichi - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:33 am:

    Spam, Spam, and Spam. Spam, spam, spam, and spam. Spam and Spam…….


  42. - We'll See - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:36 am:

    - DownstateKid -
    “IF you think Madigan won’t be an anchor statewide…”

    Maybe a small anchor, but looking at the recent reactions of the GOP’s House and Senate members re: the Gov, there’s fear the Gov will sink the boat.


  43. - Ghost - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:37 am:

    Retired it also has the problem that they habe been beating that drum so long I think people may just be numb to the message, it doesnt appear to be generating any actual support as a meme.


  44. - Former Hillrod - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:38 am:

    Looks lovely ke another fun filled day for n the blog. Snark intended.


  45. - Former Hilrod - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:40 am:

    I should proof read before I hit send. My apologies. Auto correct follies for sure.


  46. - IllinoisBoi - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:40 am:

    I think the biggest bomb that Madigan could drop on Rauner and his bought party would be to resign. They would be devastated - no issue left to run on.


  47. - striketoo - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:44 am:

    Once you convince yourself (as I have) that Rauner will not run for reelection, all the pieces begin to fall into place. Don’t they?


  48. - Skeptic - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:44 am:

    “And to Lester, the Illinois GOP is moderate” If that’s moderate, I’d hate to see right-wing.


  49. - VanillaMan - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:56 am:

    The Madigan Bash – Bobby Pickett and the Crypt Kickers, enhanced by VanillaMan

    There’s a speaker in the land that frightens the Right
    Who eats an apple each day and rules each night
    So when the Rauner’s Agenda collapses and fails
    He blames the speaker in campaigning wails

    He does the Bash
    The Madigan Bash
    The Madigan Bash
    It’s loaded with trash
    Bruce does the Bash
    As he spends his cash
    He does the Bash
    He does the Madigan Bash

    From his extra mansions, he likes to buy
    Rauner promises the Right a pack of lies
    About how he’ll do this, and then do that
    But once the tries to govern, his promises fall flat

    So he does the Bash
    The Madigan Bash
    The Madigan Bash
    As our credit crash
    He does the Bash
    The Madigan Bash
    The Madigan Bash
    It filled with trash

    Just when ILGOP realized they’d been had
    That Bruce Rauner was governor, was really bad
    He had wrecked our state from up and down
    So the Right demanded that he leave town

    But Bruce did the Bash
    The Madigan Bash
    The Madigan Bash
    Watching Illinois smash
    He did the Bash
    The Madigan Bash
    The Madigan Bash
    He was ILGOP’s cash

    His zombies were partying
    IPI was having fun
    Staffing his administration
    Acting like they had won
    But Bruce had a card, up his sleeve
    That sold them all out, they’ve too been deceived

    So he did the Bash
    The Madigan Bash
    The Madigan Bash
    A campaign rehash
    He did the Bash
    As ILGOP’s teeth gnash
    Bruce did the Bash
    The OLD Madigan Bash


  50. - Populist Preacher - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 12:06 pm:

    Kovats calmly puts the smack down and squishes every word of that mess.


  51. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 12:20 pm:

    ===His polices have hurt the middle class as our property tax, workers comp, legal and regulatory environment discourage employers from expanding in Illinois.===

    Rauner has yet to sign a full fiscal year budget, and you’re concerned about “Madigan”? lol

    Bret Baier, - Lucky Pierre - …

    “What would be different in a second term?”

    Nothing. Rauner will continue to fail Illinois.

    Compared to Quinn, Rauner’s failure would mean Rauner should lose too… according to Candidate Rauner.

    Oh, and Rauner signed HB40, the most liberal abortion bill to become law.

    But… “Madigan”


  52. - Roti - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 1:00 pm:

    Yes GOP. Please more of this Madigan Tourette’s. Because there’s no way Pritzker could ever separate himself from a guy whose money he doesn’t need when voters actually start paying attention next year. Right?


  53. - Mama - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 1:10 pm:

    - VanillaMan - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 11:56 am: “The Madigan Bash – Bobby Pickett and the Crypt Kickers, enhanced by VanillaMan”

    Loved it. We need a VanillaMan song everyday.


  54. - Skeptic - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 1:40 pm:

    VMan: Are you sure you’re not Mark Russell in real life?


  55. - VanillaMan - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 3:24 pm:

    I had to Google Mark Russell.
    Um - no.


  56. - King of the Democrats - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 3:47 pm:

    Dear Doug House
    IDCCA President:
    Thank you and the IDCCA for your hospitality over the course of the year. I am writing to you
    knowing your choice for the Democratic primary. Although I will disagree with your choice, I hope
    you hold that individual to represent Democratic principles. We have had failed Governors both,
    Democrats and Republicans whom have promised the world and delivered nothing to progress our
    society here in Illinois. I know, and my supporters know, that I am truly genuine in my cause and will
    stop for nothing to get progressive reform in this state. I am glad that some of my opponents have
    started talking about important issues after I have made the public aware of the absolute atrocities
    this state has committed again the poor, the middle class and the children of this state. When you
    do vote for your endorsement of JB, please take into consideration that money in politics is
    corrupting the moral fabric of this country. Money gets you to the table, but it does not mean that
    you will get a quality candidate. I hope you chose someone that is genuine, that understands how
    real people struggle in this state and whom wants to stop the divide and conquer politics that is
    making people flee this state, and I am that person.
    To make Illinois Prosperous once more we need to:
    • Reduce the crippling Tax Burden on families, freezing any property taxes increases
    • Issue a balanced budget that is fair to the Middle Class
    • Provide protections and opportunities for the Middle-class, Blue-Collar worker through
    reforms to strengthen Unions and an increase to the Minimum Wage
    • Pass criminal justice reform and refocus resources from prisons to rehabilitation programs,
    and social and mental health services
    • Increase funding to K-12 education and childcare
    • Spreading the wealth across the state and not only to Chicago
    • Legalize the sale of Cannabis, with tax revenues funding educational programs

    -AP


  57. - G'Kar - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 3:59 pm:

    VM, keep the hits coming. Well done.


  58. - Honeybadger - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:27 pm:

    Vman-awesomely done.


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