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“Out of town stupid”

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017

* “Gregory Krieg is a New York-based reporter at CNN Politics. His beat is the offbeat, writing and reporting on politics, culture, and political movements. He also produces interactive projects and feature video.” Here’s his take on Illinois

A billionaire, a Kennedy, and a little known, progressive state senator are the three to keep an eye on as Democrats gear up for a fight with the wildly wealthy incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

J.B. Pritzker is the Hyatt heir and venture capitalist with a name familiar to everyone in the region (and a sister who served as President Barack Obama’s commerce secretary). Chris Kennedy, son of the late Robert Kennedy, had some practice jabbing at Rauner, assailing his “so-called turnaround agenda” as a sleight of hand, and “part of the narrative that government doesn’t work so he has to privatize it,” in remarks at the Democratic convention in 2016.

Kennedy is the early, if narrow, favorite, but Pritzker’s overstuffed pockets will allow him to spend (and spend and spend) all the way up to the vote.

State Sen. Daniel Biss might be the most interesting (and left-most) of the three, but his campaign is struggling to break through. In part, that’s a money issue. Pritzker and Kennedy are awash in it. Biss is not, and he tripped out of the gate when he brought on Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate, then promptly parted ways with him after Ramirez-Rosa’s support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the Israeli government grabbed some headlines. The decision dampened Biss’ progressive cred — Ramirez-Rosa, a Democratic Socialists of America member, never hid his support for BDS — and raised questions about the campaign’s vetting process.

* Mark is right…



Exactly. Biss outraised Kennedy two quarters in a row and doesn’t have Kennedy’s ridic burn rate. And a recent poll had Pritzker over Kennedy and Biss 39-15-6, respectively.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

23 Comments
  1. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 4:13 pm:

    –His beat is the offbeat–

    He’s wayyyy off beat on this one, for sure.


  2. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 4:13 pm:

    Well, maybe Gregory Krieg need to read Capitol Fax more often.


  3. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 4:14 pm:

    Other than not being super rich, what policy positions put Biss significantly or even marginally farther left than Pritzker or Kennedy?


  4. - Roman - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 4:14 pm:

    “Out of town stupid”

    Love that term. Certainly applies here.


  5. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 4:17 pm:

    “Out of town stupid”

    One of my favorites. Funny and totally on point here.


  6. - Texas Red - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 4:18 pm:

    He’s got a New York state of Mind.


  7. - Arsenal - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 4:19 pm:

    ==Other than not being super rich, what policy positions put Biss significantly or even marginally farther left than Pritzker or Kennedy?==

    Rhetorically, he’s more of a hard-liner on single-payer health care, but that’s muddled by his voting record on the issue (and ain’t nobody passing single payer in IL in the next five years, anyway).


  8. - wordslinger - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 4:22 pm:

    Very shoddy journalism. CNN should not be giving ammunition to its critics.


  9. - Amalia - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 4:26 pm:

    everyone is upside down with polling because no one knows what is actually close to the mark. the Trump election makes it more likely that Google search data is to be believed, so find some issue that applies and extrapolate from that. that’s the only way I figure a reporter can ignore polls.


  10. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 4:28 pm:

    More confirmation that the self described “most trusted name in news” is frequently “fake news”


  11. - Gooner - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 4:30 pm:

    Biss far left? I thought his appeal was to moderates.

    I may have to re-think my own vote.


  12. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 4:30 pm:

    Email it in, bud…

    Pretty sad work there. Not much digging was required


  13. - cicom - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 4:50 pm:

    OW is spot on. Would be nice if the reporter would try to research. Beginning with rich’s poll.


  14. - Ron - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 4:57 pm:

    Amalia, the national polling in 2016 was correct. They showed Clinton winning the vote by 2 to 3%. That’s exactly what happened.


  15. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 5:04 pm:

    I just googled Pritzker Poll and found it at the very top, the first link. It’s Rich’s article. Can’t get easier to find than that.

    The Pritzker campaign has been very good to excellent, in my opinion, so no surprise that he’s leading.


  16. - Responsa - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 5:05 pm:

    Certain national political “reporters” –quite a few of them in fact– have been caught recycling/combining candidate campaign press releases and talking points for years. It’s the lazy person’s opportunity and is getting worse lately with fewer editors asking questions, vetting sources and editing articles. Can’t blame the Kennedy campaign for tipping him off about the old poll numbers before new ones came in.


  17. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 5:15 pm:

    Wait, this was written today? A week after Rich’s poll came out. Wow, that’s pretty pathetic.


  18. - Dome Gnome - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 6:13 pm:

    I’ll give Krieg the benefit of the doubt and say that he couldn’t read his own shorthand. Shoddy work.


  19. - Shytown - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 6:24 pm:

    The first and last time Rich’s writes Mark Maxwell is right.


  20. - Amalia - Thursday, Oct 26, 17 @ 8:26 pm:

    @ Ron, yes, comforting to know the percentage she won by. but state by state. things were wrong.


  21. - Anonymous - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 8:12 am:

    I think that this election will be followed nationally as it is predicted to be one of the most expensive. I think there is only so much you can spend on a campaign before media saturation takes effect.


  22. - Arsenal - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 9:24 am:

    ==but state by state. things were wrong.==

    Not really, it’s just that events moved fast. That second Comey intervention was the weekend before Election Day. It’s almost impossible to get a poll in and out of the field in that time frame. But you saw MI and PA polls tightening even before it.


  23. - A guy - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 9:53 am:

    Still a season behind. He needs to do some binge watching before penning another of these gems.


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