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*** UPDATED x1 - Bailey announces *** Minister who delivered controversial House prayer to run for House

Monday, Jul 8, 2019

* Effingham news radio

He might be in his first term in the Illinois House, but Darren Bailey is already looking to move up.

The Xenia farmer is scheduled to announce today that he will be a candidate for 55th District State Senator. Bailey is looking to succeed Republican Dale Righter of Mattoon, who earlier announced he will not seek re-election in 2020.

I told subscribers about the GOP primary shaping up to replace Sen. Righter several days ago. Rep. Chris Miller’s (R-Oakland) wife Mary is also considering a bid for the seat.

* Bailey, you will recall, is an Eastern Bloc member who has promoted anti-vaxxer myths, among other things, including inviting Pastor Corey Musgrave of the New Beginnings church to Springfield to lead the daily House prayer, during which Musgrave said

I ask you to rise up, oh God, and judge Illinois for the sanctioned destruction of the innocent unborn. For when Your judgements are in this state, the inhabitants of Illinois learn righteousness. In this House I pray for justice to roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty river. In Your judgement I pray that You would remember mercy for we know that You, oh God, do not want anyone to be destroyed.

* Guess who just announced a bid for Rep. Bailey’s seat? Pastor Corey Musgrave

Posted by Cory Musgrave for State Representative 109th District on Friday, July 5, 2019

A pal of mine who helps with the Eastern Bloc’s PR passed that House prayer video along to me in May. I now can’t help but wonder if Bailey was setting up his friend to run for his House seat with some sure-fired publicity over a controversial prayer.

*** UPDATE *** Press release…

Darren Bailey, who currently serves as a State Representative in the 109th District, is today announcing his intentions to run for the Illinois State Senate in the 55th District.

“I did not make this decision lightly,” Bailey said. “My wife and I have spent a lot of time praying and talking to people I know and trust. I was overwhelmed with encouragement I received from these individuals. My sincere desire in running for office has always been to be a strong advocate for our values in Springfield. I believe the best way I can continue to serve and champion the values we share is to run for the Illinois Senate.”

Bailey said the office he is seeking may be changing but his core beliefs remain the same.

“Some people go to Springfield and let the political culture there change them,” Bailey said. “If anything, my experience in Springfield so far has only motivated me more to work for the changes we need. I am pro-life, pro-2nd amendment and pro-spending reforms. I will bring common-sense conservative values to the Illinois Senate.”

This spring, Bailey voted against late-term abortions, the tax increase on motor fuel, the progressive income tax Constitutional Amendment, legalization of recreational marijuana, the $15 per hour minimum wage increase and other harmful legislation. Bailey’s voting record is one of the most conservative during the recently concluded legislative session.

“Illinois is going in the wrong direction,” Bailey said. “The Democrats passed some of the most extreme abortion legislation in the country. They approved recreational marijuana and raised taxes. As State Senator in the 55th District, I will stand firm in opposing the radical agenda the Democrat leaders in the Illinois House and Senate are pushing.

Darren Bailey is the owner of Bailey Family Farm. He is a graduate of North Clay High School in Louisville and he received his A.A.S. in Agricultural Production from Lake Land College. Bailey attends Effingham Assemblies of God Church. He is a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau, Louisville Rotary Club, NRA, Illinois State Rifle Association, the Gideons International, Fellowship of Christian Farmers, National and State Corn Growers Association, National and State Soybean Association, Illinois Wheat association, Rolling Thunder Chapter 3, and the Illinois Independent Business Federation. He and his wife Cindy established Full Armor Christian Academy in Louisville. They have four married children and eight grandchildren.

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  1. - Dotnonymous - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 11:28 am:

    Darren Bailey…heir to the Oracle of Mattoon?…Dear God.

  2. - Unpopular - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 11:28 am:

    I hope he wins.

  3. - lakeside - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 11:29 am:

    Hmm, is it better that his gross/threatening sentiments were cynical or that his cynical sentiments were gross/threatening?

  4. - Cubs in '16 - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 11:30 am:

    ===I now can’t help but wonder===

    Bailey would most likely deny it but I don’t think there’s any question that’s precisely what he was doing.

  5. - Annonin' - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 11:36 am:

    Wnoderin’ if the EasternBlocHeads or their pr team understand the limits on use of the video? Time will tell.

  6. - Stark - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 11:40 am:

    My eyes might have permanently rolled to the back of my head. If you want political campaigns and religion to mix, run for the church Deacon Board, not the Satehouse.

  7. - Roman - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 11:43 am:

    Is it unrealistic to hope that having two crackpot conservatives in the senate primary would open a lane for a reasonable conservative — one in Dale Righter’s mode?

  8. - Honeybear - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 11:45 am:

    Ugh…this prayer
    is such a theological nightmare for me.
    but whatever
    It’s for the voters in his area to decide.
    Rage at the clouds Reverend
    Rage at the clouds

  9. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 12:13 pm:

    Good news for Illinois dems all around. More examples for Cullerton, Madigan, etc to be able to point to and ask voters in other districts “is that really the kind of guy you want representing you?” Now dems need to recruit a couple conservative-ish dems to run for these seats. Who knows, they might get a Todd Akin moment or three from Bailey and Musgrave. Add in some of JB’s cash, could score an upset or at least make Durkin and Brady have to work for these seats

  10. - DE - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 12:18 pm:

    reminds me of several scenes from Inherit The Wind

  11. - Collinsville Kevin - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 12:20 pm:

    I’m jealous of that Darren Bailey boy, as I would love to have a job farmin’ Xenias.

  12. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 12:21 pm:

    “I ask you to rise up, oh God, and judge Illinois for the sanctioned destruction of the innocent unborn.”

    Enjoy your super-minority status, ILGOP. Maybe self-righteous rage and not building a statewide political party is the thrill. Indulge away.

  13. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 12:22 pm:

    ===reminds me of several scenes from Inherit The Wind===

    Matthew Harrison Brady (William Jennings Bryant) never became president, and indeed the Eastern Bloc folks… will inherit the wind if they continue to think, speak, and lather as they have so far.

  14. - Cheryl44 - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 12:23 pm:

    I try to at least respect people’s religious beliefs but I will make an exception for the author of this prayer.

  15. - Anon221 - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 12:24 pm:

    Abortion isn’t the only issue Musgrave will probably be running on. From the Google, looks like these classes are held regularly at his church in Fairfield…

    Jan 19, 2019 - Tactics and Firearms Handling (4 Hours) Fairfield, IL, New Beginnings Church, 1310 E Main St, Fairfield, United … POC Pastor Cory Musgrave

  16. - {Sigh} - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 12:33 pm:

    What has Bailey accomplished during his time the House?

  17. - Southern Illinois Mayor - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 12:36 pm:

    I have heard they are doing a bus tour this fall. Calling it Dumb and Dumber.

  18. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 12:42 pm:

    Mr. Bailey is making a huge mistake.

    He should wait until the new state is created and run for governor. He looks foolish running in a state he wants to separate from, but, you don’t need to be smart to be an elected official.

  19. - Don't Bloc Me In - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 12:45 pm:

    ==What has Bailey accomplished during his time the House?==

    Bailey et al. were sent to Springfield to make sure things don’t happen. They failed, but threw some good hissy fits. So, all will be forgiven.

  20. - Marty Meh-lan - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 12:47 pm:

    Am I the only irked by the use of “2nd” instead of “second” in that press release? I almost always see the other first ten amendments spelled out (ex: first, fourth, fifth, etc) but with that crowd, it seems like it always has to be “2nd”.

  21. - Honeybear - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 12:58 pm:

    Loving savior
    I guess Jesus supports a
    violent revolution.
    When I was a Chaplain in the Navy
    Chaplain Targonski
    didn’t even like us to discuss “guns”
    let alone carry one or
    learn “tactics”
    The good Reverend would do well to tend the needs of his flock.
    Like spiritual/emotional care, food, shelter, rites of passage.
    Ministry is a 24/7 gig.
    If he’s got time for gun classes
    I’d say he’s doing something wrong.
    Maybe that’s why he’s moving into politics

  22. - Give Me A Break - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 12:59 pm:

    Mr. Bailey a good start would be to list the programs, projects, services and state facilities that will be closed or eliminated in order to meet your stated budget agenda.

    Please announce these soon, we all wait to see if you have the ability to do more than run your lips with talking points and produce for the public to see how you will meet your budget goals.

  23. - {Sigh} - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 1:04 pm:

    =Bailey et al. were sent to Springfield to make sure things don’t happen. =

    Meanwhile the Eastern Bloc region is a ghost town. It’s going to take more than prayers to #restoreIllinois.

    Leadership from previous senators - Duane Noland and Penny Severns is truly missed. Heck with this crazy talk Dale Righter will be missed. And let’s not forget the former House members from the Eastern Block - such as Bill Mitchell, Roger Eddy, David Reis, Bill Grunloh and Chuck Hartke- they were all willing to take hard votes for their district when needed.

  24. - Just Another Anon - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 1:08 pm:

    @Marty Meh-lan

    I use it as shorthand in my notes (1A or 1st A, 2A or 2nd A, etc). Probably not kosher by Strunk and White, but in the age of hashtags and portmanteau we live in I would say style is up for grabs.

  25. - Smitty Irving - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 1:13 pm:

    Full Armor Christian Academy? -
    Onward Christian Soldiers!
    Marching as to War … /s ??

  26. - Dotnonymous - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 1:24 pm:

    Darren Bailey is the owner of Bailey Family Farm.

    No man extols the virtues of Capitalism more than the fellow who has inherited the family farm or store.

  27. - Anon221 - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 1:31 pm:

    Full Armor Christian Academy backgrounder…

    From the application form:

    Has your child accepted Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior? _______ Yes ________ No
    When: _______________________________
    Name of Family Church:

  28. - Not a Superstar - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 1:37 pm:

    Musgrave’s prayer is a solid argument for more atheists and Rastafarians (in a nod to legalization) giving House prayers.

  29. - Sir Reel - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 2:12 pm:

    I wish candidates would focus on how they would solve problems, versus espousing values.

  30. - DeseDemDose - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 2:21 pm:

    Musgrave thanks god he won the genetic lottery and inherited a farm and likes guns. Bless his little heart.

  31. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 3:02 pm:

    Baile’s anti vaccination post May 3rd has been scrubbed. Does that mean he’s for vaccinations now?

  32. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 3:04 pm:

    ===has been scrubbed===

    Nothing ever disappears on the Internet.

  33. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 3:38 pm:

    No you’re right. I found it but it took a little digging. So it looks like Cory Musgrave liked Bailey’s post saying he was introducing HB342.

  34. - RIJ - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 5:35 pm:

    It looks like the Full Armor Academy is located on land long associated with Christian Identity beliefs. See this 1988 Tribune article on Jonny Bob Harrell’s Christian-Patriots Defense League: and this 2017 St. Louis Today article from 2017:

  35. - Ozzy O - Monday, Jul 8, 19 @ 7:34 pm:

    Crazy, but that’s how it goes
    Millions of people, living as foes
    Maybe it’s not too late
    To learn how to love and forget how to hate

    Are we going off the rails on an Eastern Bloc crazy train?

  36. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 6:42 am:

    ==Are we going off the rails on an Eastern Bloc crazy train?==

    No. I reckon more people know about the next Furry convention than know about the eastern bloc crazy train.

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