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Friday, Jul 15, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* The other JW’s petitions are getting the once-over…

Dear Friend,

Alexi Giannoulias, Democratic candidate for Illinois Secretary of State, needs our help. A Libertarian candidate has filed to run against Alexi, and his legal name is Jesse White, the same as the popular current Democratic Secretary of State. Voter confusion about who this candidate is could drain enough votes from Alexi to allow his Republican opponent to win the race. We can’t let that happen!

Alexi needs help reviewing the petition signatures for this new “Jesse White” to ensure that his name will not appear on the November ballot (if we can determine that he doesn’t have enough valid signatures). Can you help us?

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* From a reader: “It has been requested by some political colleagues that I send this meme to you—and so, that is exactly what I’m doing”…

* ABC7

It is his Saturday trip to Florida to be the keynote speaker for that state’s Democratic Party fundraiser, with tickets ranging between $300 and $1,000 each, that has sparked criticism from his GOP rival.

“I’ve got a message to Governor Pritzker: Get back home. Let’s work on surging police support in Chicago, and let’s slash your gas tax and stop campaigning for president,” said State Senator Darren Bailey, (R) Candidate for Governor.

“Florida is in dire need of a pro-choice, Democratic governor, and Governor Pritzker is proud to support the Florida Democratic Party in their efforts to flip the state blue,” said Natalie Edelstein, JB for Governor Communications Director, in defense of Pritzker’s trip.

“He is a go-to potential candidate in the Democratic Party right now. People want to hear from him, people want to see him [and] they see him as a new voice. He’s also trying to position himself to be perceived that way,” said ABC7 Political Analyst Laura Washington. “He’s trying to send a strong message that he’s ready to be perceived as a national player.”


On the stump, Pritzker has noted all of the things about himself that he says aren’t exactly the archetypal Democratic candidate — his Ukrainian-American heritage, his Jewish faith, his billionaire businessman status. He’s even made light of his weight.

“If you were running something through the computer, it wouldn’t spit out a portly, Jewish billionaire,” Axelrod said. “That’s not sort of the prototype from central casting of a president.”

But these are unusual times, Axelrod mused.

“I think that people are looking for a sort of muscularity and pushing back on Trumpism and on some of the agenda of the right. And he has set himself up,” Axelrod said. “I’m surprised about the number of people who I’ve heard from just recently in response to the Highland Park shootings and his response to the [National Rifle Association] and so on. And I heard a lot of cheering from the crowd from activist Democrats because they would like to see that in a president.”

* DGA…

Last week, New Hampshire GOP Gov. Chris Sununu slammed GOP gubernatorial candidates –– including Illinois’ Darren Bailey –– for championing the Big Lie and continuing to peddle conspiracies about the 2020 presidential election results.

When asked if he thought it was “disqualifying” for GOP gubernatorial hopefuls to push Trump’s disproven claims that the 2020 election was stolen as a result of widespread voter fraud, Sununu said: “If they were on the ballot in my state, I would disqualify them.”

And disqualify them he should.

Here in Illinois, Darren Bailey has a long record of pushing the Big Lie. He trafficked in ultra-MAGA voter fraud conspiracy theories following the 2020 election, encouraging his followers to “continue to pray for our president and this election process,” adding “all this fraudulent activity is absolutely disgusting. It’s wrong — it’s, in my opinion, almost the highest form of treason in our country, so we pray that that will be dealt with. We pray that the truth will be uncovered.” That’s in addition to constant posts claiming voter fraud and celebrating Trump’s false claims of victory.

Besides spreading the Big Lie far and wide, Bailey was quick to attack those who dared push back. After US Representative Adam Kinzinger called for Trump’s impeachment following the violent Jan 6th insurrection, Bailey encouraged the Illinois Republican party to “call on Congressman Kinzinger to stand down, or outright condemn his latest personal and political attack on President Trump and the tens of millions of Americans who support the President.”

“Even Darren Bailey’s fellow Republicans know his far-right, extremist views are wholly out-of-touch with voters here in Illinois and across the country. That’s why Illinoisans will disqualify Bailey at the ballot box this November and ensure he can’t hold the state’s highest office,” said DGA Illinois Press Secretary Yael Sheinfeld.

Some of Bailey’s posts…

* Press release…

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood announced today that her reelection campaign has raised more than $1,000,000 during the second fundraising quarter of 2022 continuing a trend of dominance over her opponent. Thanks to the grassroots support fueling her campaign, Underwood enters the third quarter with more than $2.8 million cash on hand, and has raised more than $5.2 million this cycle, signaling her strength in the race. U.S. Representative Underwood, a registered nurse and public health expert, has made access to high-quality, affordable health care and lowering costs for families her top priority in Congress.

“The general election is on, the stakes could not be higher and our campaign is stronger than ever thanks to the unwavering support of Team Underwood,” said Rep. Underwood. “We have a vision for the future of our community where hard working Illinoisans have high-quality and affordable health care, our children are free from the terror of mass shootings, women have full authority over their health care decisions, there are more good paying union jobs rebuilding our infrastructure, and billionaires and corporations finally pay their fair share of taxes. That’s a vision worth fighting for and I’m honored to have the support of my community to bring it to life.”

In the June 28th primary, Congresswoman Underwood earned nearly three times more votes than her GOP opponent beating him in all seven counties including his home Kendall County, and in Will County, the largest in the district, she outperformed the entire Republican field combined.


  1. - NIU Grad - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 1:42 pm:

    “to ensure that his name will not appear on the November ballot”

    Usually campaigns try to be a little more subtle with this stuff…

  2. - Donnie Elgin - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 1:43 pm:

    “for this new “Jesse White” ”

    That’s even better than MJM’s Sham candidates, Joe Barboza and Grasiela Rodriguez.

  3. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 1:46 pm:

    “We pray that the truth will be uncovered.”

    Prayers answered, Darren. Tune in to the Jan. 6 Select Committee hearings.

  4. - The Dude Abides - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 1:46 pm:

    So Bailey is embracing the big lie. I guess I’m not surprised by that.

  5. - Curious - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 1:48 pm:

    Will the other JW rehire Candace Wanzo if he’s actually elected?

  6. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 1:50 pm:

    Bailey is supported, Bailey is embraced.. Bailey IS the ILGOP base.

    Bailey is the base and all the truly bad and dangerous to democracy it all entails.

    Vote accordingly

  7. - Frank talks - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 1:59 pm:

    So if JB was going to go kiss DT’s behind, would that be acceptable? I mean Darren did it.a couple months ago right?

  8. - Guy - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 2:05 pm:

    “I will accept the outcome” seems to be totally contrary to the DGA/Pritzker stretch here.

  9. - Just Sayin - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 2:11 pm:

    Is this the first time that a Libertarian has received a ballot challenge from the Democrats?

  10. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 2:15 pm:

    ===ballot challenge from the Democrats? ===

    Not sure, but it’s usually the Republicans who do that.

  11. - JS Mill - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 2:22 pm:

    @OW =Bailey is the base and all the truly bad and dangerous to democracy it all entails.=

    I agree with all that you said, but I would like to add…ayatollah Bailey..the man wants a theocracy.

  12. - Jibba - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 2:46 pm:

    …and let’s slash your gas tax and stop fixing roads,” said State Senator Darren Bailey, (R) Candidate for Governor.

    Fixed it for you.

  13. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 2:48 pm:

    - JS Mill -

    The Apostle Darren Bailey will pray on your thoughts.

  14. - Norseman - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 2:56 pm:

    Praise the NRA and pass the ammunition, Rev. Darren.

  15. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 3:06 pm:

    -I’ve got a message to Governor Pritzker: Get back home.-

    That you stalking around Mar-a-Lago a couple months ago, Senator Bailey?

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