* Al Salvi lost badly to Dick Durbin for US Senate way back in 1996 and then got creamed by Jesse White two years later. But he started musing about a comeback on Facebook yesterday morning…
Regarding whether to run for Governor, here are my current thoughts:
This year will be historic.
The conventional wisdom might as well be thrown out.
My wins before were for the statewide nomination of one of the two major political parties.
This is different: to have a well known and serious candidate running on the ticket of a party that normally gets 1%?
It would be front page stuff.
Illinois law makes this a perfect storm: the key is to get a known and serious candidate to run as a 3rd party candidate.
In Illinois, you only need a plurality, and Pritzger/Rauner will split the leftist vote.
It’s always amazing when people think they’re remembered 20 years after their last race.
* Yep. Easy Peasy…
If I run for Governor as a 3rd Party candidate, it would be a 3-person race. Possible
The more I think of this, the more I like it! Illinois’ laws are perfect for this.
Theoretically, it could end up 34-33-33.
Maybe he isn’t reading the newspapers. Does the name “Sam McCann” ring a bell? Also, as he’s about to find out, Illinois laws are not “perfect for this.”
* The savior…
Conservatives have no reason to vote this Nov-which hurts us in all down-ballot races
We need Constitutional Conservatives to have a reason to go to the polls. It’ll save 100s of GOP down-ballot candidates.
Apparently, June 25 is the deadline to file 25,000 good signatures to run as an “Independent.” People who circulated for another party in the primary cannot circulate for us.
So, Independent is out.
I could be put on the ballot by the “Libertarians,” but this guy, who had a run-in with a Circuit Judge at Lake County Court (my brother), would have to back-out. Not promising for me getting on the ballot (or for Illinois)…
The referenced story is here. Salvi’s brother and Kash Jackson are clashing in family court. I’m thinking Kash ain’t gonna play ball.
* An hour later, he enters the bargaining stage…
Heavily funded write-in candidacy?
Is there enough disgust with ILLINOIS out there?
He does have some personal wealth as a trial lawyer, so that may be playing into this.
* After many commenters urge him to run…
Leaning toward running.
* Back to the Kash Jackson idea…
Okay: The only way for me to get on the ballot is for “Kash” to give me his spot on the ballot as Libertarian candidate for Governor, and serve as my Lt. Guv.
(Chad, my friend, you’d have to drop on your sword— But you will be forever remembered!!!)
Libertarians in Illinois have to stop just trying to get their 5% (which gives them a spot on the ballot next time with no signatures).
Fellow Libertarians: LET’S WIN THIS TIME. Kash: give me your spot on the ballot and we will WIN!
* And then he circles back to the independent candidacy idea…
Election experts: Is it true, that an “Independent” needs 25,000 signatures in 45 days? What about the Libertarian nominated by the Libertarian Party?
* He certainly thinks highly of himself…
You are the most important “Focus Group” in history!
* And, finally, after several hours of this, an acceptance of sorts…
Looks like I would need to gather 25,000 signatures for an independent bid.
No other choice.
The third-party candidacies from last election didn’t get much more than 1% of the vote, so they have no standing. They need 25,000 signatures to get on the ballot also.
So, it’s run on my own, by gathering my own 25,000 signatures…or drop the whole thing. Unbelievable that the third-party candidates of the past have done so so poorly: if any of them just received 5% of the vote, they wouldn’t need to gather such a large number of signatures.
They thus can’t even GET ON THE the ballot in 2018 without gathering the same number of signatures as individuals running as independents!
In other words, these third parties are worthless. Nobody will contest their signatures, though, because nobody fears them.
When I was nominated by the GOP, I ignored the third-party candidates (even though the libertarian only campaigned by going to gun shows, taking only MY votes )…
I should have challenged his signatures and that would have easily knocked off the entire libertarian slate from the ballot.
I didn’t think it was worth my time.
They did not have the necessary number of signatures then to be on the ballot, but they were irrelevant, so we let them on the ballot and did not contest their woefully short number of signatures.
This year, they will not get the necessary signatures, but nobody will challenge them because they are irrelevant.
If I get on the ballot on their ticket, though, the two main parties will certainly both challenge the signatures: a Catch 22.
I am now leaning against a run for governor. The swamp of Illinois has rigged this game.
It’s a shame, because conservatives will have less reason to go to the polls – and that will hurt the down-ballot conservative candidates.
Let’s hope that the corruption of Illinois does not contribute to the corrupt impeachment of our president.