Irvin’s organization has targeted Bailey and Sullivan with negative advertising. Schimpf, however, warned of potential consequences.
“Unless you have a unified Illinois Republican Party behind you — both the conservative base and the suburban moderates — you simply cannot win,” he said. “If you’re running a flamethrower campaign going after other Republicans, you’re not going to be able to put the party back together.”
As to the Bailey thing, he is who he is, but leaning into it when most of the GOP primary voters are suburban/urban is certainly a choice. Maybe get better advice than what your extremely rural friends think is cool.
You’ll have to pry that flamethrower from Bailey’s cold dead hands, Democrats.
- former cubs fan - Thursday, May 19, 22 @ 9:31 am:
this may seem hyperbolic, but Bailey and his flame thrower makes me a bit embarrassed to be an american. the fact that this nonsense appeals to a significant percentage of voters is appalling. i would love darren bailey’s supporters to tell me what exactly he has accomplished in springfield. what has he done to improve their lives? who has he worked with to pass legislation that addresses problems his constituents are facing? the fact is that he is part of the effort to simply undermine faith in our institutions and make people believe that government is all waste, fraud and abuse. i know many government employees. they aren’t getting wealthy, they are often experts in their specific work area. they are dedicated, and darren bailey would blow torch their years of service to the state. challenges rarely develop overnight, and they require planning and commitment to solve. a flamethrower never fixed anything, nor will darren bailey.
Schimpf is right. And that’s the problem with purity tests and campaigns waged on defining who the “real conservative” is. The chasm in the party between the base and moderates (a/k/a RINOs) doesn’t bode well for the party particular in Illinois. I’m not confident that any of the current candidates is capable of bridging the gap. Will Irvin or Bailey voters enthusiastically embrace the winner if their chosen candidate loses? Seems doubtful too me.
I can’t wait to see where this ad escalation will lead next. My money’s on scud missiles.
- TheInvisibleMan - Thursday, May 19, 22 @ 9:40 am:
“Schimpf is right.”
Sort of. And look where that’s gotten him within the party. Last place, looking in. Most people probably don’t even know he’s running.
This is where he’s not quite correct;
“you’re not going to be able to put the party back together.”
It’s not the Bailey and Irvins who have fractured the party. The party was already fractured. Evidenced by Irvin constantly trying to be all of the fractured parts at the same time, and making himself look like a fool in doing so.
Schimpf is not wrong - he checks the most boxes regarding GOP priorities and party loyalty. His negatives are poor statewide name recognition and 28K in the bank as of his March 2022 D-2 Quarterly Report.
I vote for J. Geils band although the roasting pork meme is cute. DB is a hopeless putz. The commercial is weird/stupid/. I have friends who will for DB so we’ll have an early night for the general election. They’ll vote for JB in November because they like what he’s doing.
==I can’t wait to see where this ad escalation will lead next.==
The next Trib GOP meeting might result in a SALT III treaty.
- former cubs fan - Thursday, May 19, 22 @ 10:02 am:
i posted what i considered to be a reasonable comment earlier without exclamation points, and it doesn’t appear on this thread. i guess i don’t understand the editing process here. did i do something wrong?
1. “Flyin Elvis” LOL
2. While I’d love to burn and blow things up with my buddies, I think he just scared the marbles out of half the voters.
3. Fire whoever told you that was a good idea, makes you look a little psycho.
Again, I wish candidates would put the utility vehicles away. It just upsets voters who wish they could afford one of those $30,000 vehicles — or get a forgivable PPP loan for one.
- Osborne Smith III - Thursday, May 19, 22 @ 11:33 am:
Did anyone else notice Bailey’s nervous twitch in his right leg throughout that ad? The cringe factor of the flamethrower aside, the bouncing of the leg was distracting for me.
To the ad itself, a lot of heat (yes, I see what I did there), but not enough substance. What has Darren Bailey done in Springfield to instill any confidence in the average voter outside his district that he would be an effective governor?
“Irvin’s organization has targeted Bailey and Sullivan with negative advertising. Schimpf, however, warned of potential consequences.
“Unless you have a unified Illinois Republican Party behind you — both the conservative base and the suburban moderates — you simply cannot win,” he said. “If you’re running a flamethrower campaign going after other Republicans, you’re not going to be able to put the party back together.””
If the Illinois GOP had any sense, this Schimpf would be their guy. I Listened to the DH GOP candidates’ forum.
So, Irvin buys the straw poll in Lake County, is found to have a supporter stuff the ballot box in Northfield and now gets his girlfriend out of trouble with the law. Oh, he’ll make a fine upstanding governor….NOT
- James in Chicago - Thursday, May 19, 22 @ 3:52 pm:
Darren Bailey just won my primary vote. There is no way this fool could win a general election this year. Irvin, is a real threat as long as his has billions from Kenny. Also, Ken Griffith is threatening to leave IL if crime doesn’t get better. Suddenly, I’m hoping that that crime doesn’t get any better… for just long enough. But I fear Kenny is just teasing us.