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Taking the long view

Monday, Sep 16, 2019

* Bernie

SHANE BOUVET, a Stonington man who volunteered on President DONALD TRUMP’s campaign, met Trump several times including the evening before the 2017 inauguration, and received $15,000 from Trump to help his ailing father, has taken to Facebook in what appeared to be an election challenge to U.S. Sen. DICK DURBIN, D-Illinois, of Springfield.

“Mr. Durbin Look me in the eyes,” it says in the post, titled “Bouvet vs. Durbin.” “It’s okay of you’re scared. So am I. … I know what is within me, Even if you can’t see it yet. … I have patience. I will become what I know I am. – Senator Shane Bouvet.”

So, I called Bouvet, who started work last week at a Decatur construction company, after losing a coal-mining job he said ended due to flooding in Hillsboro. He’s 27, he noted, and a person has to be 30 to serve in the Senate.

“I’m trying to let him know,” Bouvet said, “don’t get comfortable, because when I turn 30, he’s definitely in my sight.”

Assuming he wins next year, Sen. Durbin won’t be up for reelection again until 2026, when he will be 82 years old.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

26 Comments
  1. - Blue Dog Dem - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 3:56 pm:

    Interesting to day the least.


  2. - Norseman - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 3:58 pm:

    The least interesting news today. There, I fixed it for you.


  3. - Dotnonymous - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:07 pm:

    Can’t make it up…any better than this.


  4. - Northsider - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:09 pm:

    I’m sure Sen. Durbin is quaking in his shoes at the thought of running against … checks notes … Who?™


  5. - Skeptic - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:10 pm:

    Give him a point for not using a gun-related metaphor. Oh wait, nevermind.


  6. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:11 pm:

    “I will become what I know I am. – Senator Shane Bouvet.”

    Not in Illinois you won’t—if you’re like Trump—who ripped off university students to the tune of $25 million, had a reputation for stiffing contractors and prided himself on paying as little taxes as possible. Plenty of his supporters, bless their tax-hating hearts, don’t mind paying Trump’s share of taxes. But boy do they hate taxes when they help many who could use it, as opposed to giving breaks to the most privileged and wealthiest.


  7. - SSL - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:11 pm:

    Durbin will leave office when he’s carried out feet first.


  8. - Blue Dog Dem - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:13 pm:

    To say…


  9. - Jocko - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:17 pm:

    He also put state rep Sue Sherer on notice. As a former coal miner, Shane doesn’t appear to hold Trump accountable for promises made to him.

    It must be the fault of foreigners, immigrants, transgender adults, and eaters of tide pods.


  10. - Dotnonymous - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:23 pm:

    Putting Scherer or Durbin on notice is ridiculous.

    Speaking of Sue Scherer…didn’t She vote against legalizing cannabis?


  11. - Katiedid - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:26 pm:

    Why do I feel like there’s a lot of meme potential in “I will become what I know I am…”??


  12. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:28 pm:

    It’s a big world out there…

    “Wasting” three years pining to be a candidate, if you can even qualify to get on the ballot… yikes, man.

    Enjoy being 27. Saying things like this… you can think it… but saying it? Ok, but “youth is wasted on the wrong people”.


  13. - don the legend - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:30 pm:

    Shane needs to give credit to Trump for writing his Facebook post. That has the stable genius written all over it.


  14. - DuPage Saint - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:38 pm:

    It is nice to have a candidate that is too young instead of too old for a change


  15. - historic66 - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:53 pm:

    Flooding? Deer Run Mine in Hillsboro is open again. However, it had closed due to a massive underground fire.


  16. - Annonin' - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:54 pm:

    Circular Firing Squad getting packed and only September


  17. - LTSW - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:55 pm:

    This guy has quite the history. Not all of his dealings have been on the up and up.


  18. - lakeside - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 4:58 pm:

    I dunno, LTSW; I find that a little hard to believe.

    ==It’s okay of you’re scared. So am I. … I know what is within me, Even if you can’t see it yet==

    I mean, he sounds *super* together.


  19. - a drop in - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 5:10 pm:

    “I will become what I know I am…”

    –President A. Drop In

    for 2020


  20. - Stones - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 5:13 pm:

    Can I get some of whatever Shane is smoking?


  21. - Huh? - Monday, Sep 16, 19 @ 5:18 pm:

    Welp, he’s got a few years to try a dan walker to get himself known around the state.


  22. - Harvest76 - Tuesday, Sep 17, 19 @ 7:28 am:

    I certainly wont knock him for having goals of leadership, even as I’m sure I vehemently disagree with him on each and every policy point, but, “It’s okay of you’re scared. So am I. … I know what is within me, Even if you can’t see it yet” is suuuuuuper creepy.


  23. - Southern_Dawg - Tuesday, Sep 17, 19 @ 8:46 am:

    I wonder if he was taking a big duece when he made that facebook post.


  24. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Tuesday, Sep 17, 19 @ 9:05 am:

    Why would Durban be scared? What is Bouvet going to do?


  25. - Sonny - Tuesday, Sep 17, 19 @ 9:55 am:

    First you can’t make eye contact via a FB post and second you sound like a Sith Lord - cut the corny Darth Vader vs Obi Wan rap.


  26. - Stark - Tuesday, Sep 17, 19 @ 11:25 am:

    Who?


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