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Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020

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* Today…


McCullagh’s Democratic opponent is Meg Loughran Cappel, a special education teacher who sits on the Joliet Township High School District Board.

* Herald-News

McCullagh also said in his release that Cappel is “bought by corruption” for not returning “Madigan money.” […]

State campaign finance records and a tally by the nonpartisan organization Reform for Illinois show Cappel’s largest contributors are mostly union groups like the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers. There are no direct donations from Madigan.

But McCullagh said in an interview that union groups, like the ones donating to Cappel’s campaign, have also donated to Madigan. The speaker has raised more than $1.2 million from the IBEW and more than $850,000 from the IFT over the last couple of years, according to the Reform for Illinois tally. […]

The Democratic candidate also attacked McCullagh for planning to hold a fundraiser headlined by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich whom she called a “corrupt liar.”

President Trump lost this district by 10 points four years ago.

* The Question: Other than a bit of publicity, can you see any advantage for a legislative candidate who uses Rod Blagojevich to attack corruption? Explain.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

33 Comments
  1. - Norseman - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:14 pm:

    You can get tips on coloring your hair and what products to you use.


  2. - Norseman - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:15 pm:

    Edit Button

    Delete “to”


  3. - Hippopotamus - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:16 pm:

    Delete “you” not “to”


  4. - Hippopotamus - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:17 pm:

    It takes a thief to catch a …


  5. - Keyrock - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:18 pm:

    Other than publicity? Can’t think of anything.


  6. - Dancing Bears - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:21 pm:

    Maybe if McCullagh is secretly planning to be corrupt, then Blago could give him some tips on how not to get caught? Short of that this appears to be political stunt, plain and simple.


  7. - Way down yonder - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:21 pm:

    Stand next to the person that makes you look like a better choice.


  8. - TheInvisibleMan - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:25 pm:

    ===Stand next to the person that makes you look like a better choice.===

    But Blago isn’t running for anything.


  9. - Dance Band on the Titanic - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:35 pm:

    Well, Rod is a widely recognized expert on how corruption works in Illinois.


  10. - Nuke the Whales - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:39 pm:

    It constantly reminds people that Blago was once the Democratic Governor and went to prison for corruption. I’m not sure how damning it is post-Trump commutation and a decade after the fact, but it’s the best idea I got.


  11. - OneMan - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:45 pm:

    Is snark allowed?

    If create some sort of hypocrisy vortex that results in the Kraken being released and giving the candidate whom summons it supernatural powers?

    Otherwise, No


  12. - bhartbanjo - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:47 pm:

    Maybe McCullagh just likes and admires the guy. Somebody must.


  13. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:50 pm:

    === Other than a bit of publicity, can you see any advantage for a legislative candidate who uses Rod Blagojevich to attack corruption?===

    Unless Rod gives a talk where he admits his guilt, goes all “scared straight” type of endorsement, yeah, that could work. That means Rod needs to show humility.

    Other than that?

    Glad Rod stopped dying his hair? No?

    Not much of an upside.


  14. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:52 pm:

    Hannah,

    Sincere congratulations and best wishes.

    If you host a show sometime I’ll call in and you can hang up in my silliness.

    You’re going to be an incredible asset, they know how good you are, wait till you exceed in ways we all know you do.

    OW


  15. - Independent - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:53 pm:

    What more noble aspiration is there in today’s Republican party than owning the libs? And what better way to do that than by allying yourself with a Trump-friendly Democrat?


  16. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:54 pm:

    You can’t stand next to the symbol of corruption in this state and claim the higher purpose. Zero advantage, he’d be better off with Madigan’s support.


  17. - JoanP - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:55 pm:

    You get the ironic hipster vote?

    That aside, NPR was smart to bring Hannah on board.


  18. - Annonin' - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 4:25 pm:

    Double dates


  19. - Collinsville Kevin - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 4:31 pm:

    Absolutely not.


  20. - SAP - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 4:38 pm:

    Look at this guy…Corruption turned his hair white.


  21. - SOIL M - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 4:42 pm:

    Only if you believe the old saying about keeping your enemies closer


  22. - Pundent - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 4:49 pm:

    To remind people that as bad as they think Madigan may be, it can always be a lot worse.


  23. - Thomas Paine - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 4:55 pm:

    1. It’s a Hail Mary for Donald Trump twitter mentions.

    2. Driving Durkin & McQueary nuts.

    3. You get to explain how Rod is innocent despite the mountain of evidence and federal conviction, but Madigan is definitely guilty despite the lack of evidence, indictment or conviction.


  24. - Huh? - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 5:08 pm:

    blago is no democrst. He is a self professed trampocrat. Any reference to blago ought to be prefaced with impeached governor and convicted felon.


  25. - West Side the Best Side - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 5:19 pm:

    Candidate gets to show his Republican bona fides - pure hypocrisy.


  26. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 5:30 pm:

    Best answer: “It’s a Hail Mary for Donald Trump twitter mentions.”

    Counterpoint: “President Trump lost this district by 10 points four years ago.”

    – MrJM


  27. - Jocko - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 5:44 pm:

    Maybe George Ryan and Dennis Hastert were asking too much for appearances.


  28. - KSDinCU - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 6:04 pm:

    What is a “tailwhip” Does he mean “tailwind”, or is Blago a BMX fan?


  29. - KSDinCU - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 6:05 pm:

    Forgot my question mark. Alex, that’s “What is a ‘tailwhip’?”


  30. - Anon - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 6:35 pm:

    Maybe Blago is giving him fundraising tips.


  31. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 6:59 pm:

    Punked is back and this is being filmed for a new episode?


  32. - walker - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 8:01 pm:

    Only thing better — eating a tarantula.


  33. - walker - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 8:08 pm:

    Hannah: Best wishes. You ‘re the goods, in a tough business.


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