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McCann’s big announcement was endorsing a longshot

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018

* This is kind of odd

State Sen. Sam McCann on Tuesday said he’s endorsing challenger Jonas Petty of Pittsfield over incumbent Rep. C.D. David Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville, in the Republican primary in the 100th House District. […]

“What I have a problem with is, ever since Governor Rauner came to power, Representative Davidsmeyer is one of those people who just totally went along with him,” McCann said. “I’m trying to figure out why the people of the 100th District should send C.D. Davidsmeyer back here just to be a rubber stamp for the Rauner administration.”

Davidsmeyer did vote with Democrats to pass a budget including a tax increase last summer, but then said talks with constituents convinced him that was the wrong vote, and he backed Rauner in opposing an override. Enough Republicans stayed with Democrats to enact that budget over the governor’s objection.

“I think that underscores the fact that once he did finally stand up to the governor, he eventually backed down,” McCann said of Davidsmeyer’s change of heart.

Davidsmeyer is one of McCann’s two state Reps. He had $147K in the bank at the end of last year and has reported raising $21,500 since then.

Petty, on the other hand, raised just $450 in the fourth quarter. He entered January with $383.30 in his account. He has reported no contributions since then.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Norseman - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 10:13 am:

    Sam, you stood down by not running for re-election. Now the Senate district will be represented by a Rauner hack. The endorsement rings hollow to me.

  2. - Iggy - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 10:29 am:

    I will not miss this petulant child in the Senate chambers. Heres hoping the speculation of him trying to run as an indy for senate or gov is all just smoke in mirrors.

    he should have just ran as a democrat, I at least would have respected that move.

  3. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 10:31 am:

    Not surprising; Pittsfield was a bad location for any kind of major announcement.

  4. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 10:33 am:

    Can’t thank Sen. McCann enough for standing up against Raunerism.

    Still not over Sen. McCann and his history with Leader Radogno and all than angered me.

    My hope is McCann gets on the ballot for Guv to Help against Rauner. Every vote McCann could take away from Rauner downstate, that would be great.

    The rest? Meh.

  5. - proudstatetrooper - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 10:50 am:


  6. - Joe Blow - Thursday, Mar 15, 18 @ 8:40 am:

    This is a way for McCann to tell Davidsmeyer FU on his way out.

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