* For a very long time, the “About” section of Cindy Bailey’s Facebook page has said she is the “chief consultant, strategist and cheerleader” for her spouse’s gubernatorial campaign. But that page has since been altered and then apparently taken down since Greg Hinz started looking around and asking questions. You can still Google the phrase, but here’s a screenshot…
She’s also listed as a “Board member” on Bailey’s D-1 filing with the State Board of Elections. And she is a regular on the campaign trail with Bailey and often acts as a surrogate for her husband’s campaign…
Speaking of Cindy Bailey, here she is posing with Kari Lake at CPAC four days ago. Lake is the GOP gubernatorial nominee from AZ, an election fraud/QAnon conspiracy theorist, and a Proud Boy fan. https://t.co/xNAd8fiIQKpic.twitter.com/2BK0QbpmM2
In one [post], she cited “amazing testimonies from ones who were once in the homosexual lifestyle!” In another, she called on “any red-blooded American” to drop their subscription to Netflix for “normalizing homosexuality” and other material she views as objectionable. “We are living in wicked days, just as in the time of Noah,” she stated.
* People on Twitter have been discussing this topic for a while now. A sampling..
Darren and Cindy Bailey aren't the best choice for the future of Illinois, they have both stated they think we're living in the "end times". In short they don't really see a longterm future for our state or country. pic.twitter.com/aKoSxQjzvY
JB Pritzker’s administration has been a disaster. Pritzker has raised taxes, attacked law enforcement and crime is skyrocketing on his watch. The Department of Children and Family Services is a criminal disaster under Pritzker’s Director Marc Smith. Families are suffering and kids are dying because Pritzker refuses to take ownership and fire his failed director. Friends, JB Pritzker hasn’t just failed working families, he’s downright abandoned every one of us.
Well now he’s more desperate than ever, and JB and his allies in the media shamelessly think that they can attack my wife Cindy and try to twist her words. Let me be clear, my wife is not on the ballot. I’m on the ballot and I speak for myself. So, JB, if you can fit it into your presidential campaign schedule and want to talk about someone in this race for governor and about the people of Illinois who are struggling under your watch, well I’m here in Illinois. And I’ll be waiting when you fly back. I’ll debate you anyplace anytime.
And if the media wants to look into spouses, well how about you find out what Pritzker’s pal Jennifer Thornley texted him and his wife after she stole money from taxpayers. The Pritzker/Thornley scandal stole over $700,000 from taxpayers because JB continues to scratch the backs of his cronies at the expense of working families.
Friends, people are being gunned down riding public transportation. Springfield corruption continues while families struggle to put gas in their cars and food on their tables. We have serious issues and I’m ready to get to work and restore Illinois.
Please pardon all transcription errors.
* The Question: Fair hit on Cindy Bailey or not? Make sure to explain your answer in comments, please.
*** UPDATE *** A commenter reminds us that Darren Bailey posted a false story on his Facebook page about the governor’s daughter…
Like I’ve been saying from the beginning, this is how you handle a lockdown!
Absolutely fair considering she acts as a campaign surrogate. Remember how much criticism Anna Valencia got from Alexi’s camp in the Primary for the activities of her lobbyist husband? This is all fair politics.
Cindy is just a mainstream Republican. Christian nationalism is in vogue right now, and if it takes a civil war for the right wing to turn back the clock, people like Cindy think that’s a fine outcome.
It’s a fair hit because Darren agrees with everything Cindy has said and posted. And if he doesn’t, I’m sure he’ll make that clear.
Absolutely fair. Ideally family members should be off limits, however, when your out there as a face of a campaign, and even a stand-in at events for the candidate, you’re words and actions, especially when those words and actions relate to public policy, are fair game for criticism. Some of those statements should absolutely be called out. Voters deserve to know who Bailey is. And they’re finding out.
Fair. I mean, why would she object to people saying what she’s been saying or talking about with whom she’s been appearing if she’s been saying those things and spending time with those people? It’s just restating facts. And facts matter.
- hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 10:47 am:
Fair hit. She identified herself as the chief strategist and consultant for the campaign, and was ID’d on govt. forms as a campaign board member. If Darren Bailey disagrees with these views of his campaign adviser/board member, he can say so.
If you and/or your spouse spout conspiracy theories and hate, and one of y’all are running for office… don’t post it publicly on Facebook.
My goodness… they’re victims to their own words and beliefs?
- Friendly Bob Adams - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 10:54 am:
One problem with social media is that many people posting their views assume they will be read only by people who already agree with them. Little thought is given to how those word might look to others.
The other problem, of course, is that those statements are out there forever- there’s no denying that you made them. Not a good position for a candidate or his strategist to be in.
It’s absolutely fair. This way of thinking for Cindy Bailey didn’t just start when her husband started running for office. This is the radical religious mindset that been going on for years. These people want to wave the Bible at everyone they disagree with and ban them to Hell. Mrs. Club J’s family is these type people. I keep my distance from them. Lots of Bible waving over the last 30 years.
The hit piece comment reminds me of something Archpundit said back when Alan Keyes ran for the seat. About it not even being low hanging fruit but fruit that had already fallen to the ground.
She was listed as a strategist. She has made these extreme statements. Moreover, they are not exactly statements that Bailey is going to actually contradict (I mean I would like to see him do so, for his own soul’s sake).
Spouses are off limits if the stay out of the lime light and out of the campaign. Once in ring, all is fair. If the candidate can’t take a spouse getting heat, the spouse should have stayed off the stove.
Fair. “Family is off limits” is for personal business unrelated to politics and governance, like if someone found an unflattering picture of Cindy at a kid’s birthday party. But a politician’s spouse’s political beliefs are fair game, since the spouse is in a place to influence their husband’s/wife’s actions in office.
It’s a Maze Jackson redux. Being a loud bigoted spouse of a candidate is all fine and dandy until someone notices and pushes back on it; then it’s the fault of whoever had the nerve to push back for noticing.
Do any newspapers ’round these parts still have religion reporters? It might be nice to have one of them sit a spell with the Baileys and have them explain why it’s important for Darren to be in charge of the state if the Rapture is imminent. Mary Ann Ahern could probably do that justice, as well.
It’s a fair hit. Take out the context that she is his wife, she is/was a “consultant” or “strategist” on the campaign. So her words can be judged in that context. I was laughing my *** off at the response video from Bailey. First he says his wife is not on the ballot, then attacks JB’s wife.
Surrogate or not it’s imminently fair. When you post on social media it’s in the public domain. Cindy and Darren Bailey have not been shy in expressing their views over the years on social media to further Darren’s profile and aspirations. And now it’s coming back to bite them.
A fair and appropriate hit. Anytime a spouse injects themselves into a campaign (or even worse into government/policymaking ala Team Valencia/Kazmi), it’s fair game.
- Give Us Barabbas - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 12:01 pm:
I miss Brenda Edgar.
This was plenty fair. Even if she wasn’t in the arena as a surrogate. She was publicly volunteering the opinions and forgot the internet isn’t private, so we got a peek into what the B-team are truly like at home. Turned out they’re even worse than we imagined.
Absolutely a fair hit. She doesn’t get to publish all of these things on social media and then have them claim she is off limits. She’s held herself out as a campaign surrogate. If you can’t handle the heat then stay out of the kitchen.
Are you comparing Brenda Edgar to Cindy Bailey… via Janis Cellini?
You’ve been on a personal lockdown way too long. Get some sunshine and fresh air… whew.
It should also be noted that “whataboutism” is predicated on the idea that one is right and the criticism is likely just, the goal is to soften that truth or thise facts by trying to include a wrinkle of warped hypocrisy that deflects.
Fair hit. She is officially representing her husband’s campaign as a candidate and has sent the social media material out. She did not have to do that. Once she did there are no go backs. There is no ‘out of context’ here, her words, her effort. As othes said, she stepped into the arena.
It is a fair hit, to criticize Ms. Bailey. Ms. Bailey has a large presence in Mr. Bailey political realm, and has played an intentional role in advocating for policies that will create inequality of access in society and in Illinois. She is in short, a political figure (and as noted, she used to reveal in that).
Ms. Bailey is intentionally in the political realm, and thus criticism of the views of a potential spouse of a potential executive officer is justifiable.
Fair hit–she is active in the campaign and is spouting hateful rhetoric and disinformation. These aren’t benign posts on tax policy or how to improve the state IT system–they are targeting minority groups with hateful tropes and just straight up disinformation in some cases.
- thisjustinagain - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:57 pm:
It’s not hate if you say you love everyone…or something, I dunno. (SARCASM). But how showing anyone’s very own words is a hit piece remains utterly baffling. Rich’s politics are what they are, but he breaks his back to get the actual words, posts, photos instead of somebody else’s summary for CFB. Better a hit piece than gaslighting and whitewashing.
the more I read from Cindy Bailey the more disgusted I am. Approaching level of ready to go protest her appearances disgusted.
- Fivegreenleaves - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 4:35 pm:
The more I see Darren Bailey, the more frustrated I get because as a bible-believing Christian, he is not what my faith represents.
To those of you who are judging Christianity by Darren Bailey, please don’t. Research Jesus for yourself. Seek your answers based on the bible, not Darren Bailey. Not all of us are Darren Bailey Christians. I’m not, and I’m voting for JB Pritzker.
=When you post on social media it’s in the public domain.=
While I agree with the overall sentiment, this needs a bit of rephrasing. As a photographer that has had my photos (hired for a campaign) pulled off of social media and used in an attack ad, I can tell you that it is NOT public domain.
It’s in the public eye and certainly open for commentary and criticism, but “public domain” means free and clear of ownership, and that’s not the case at all.
=As a photographer that has had my photos (hired for a campaign) pulled off of social media and used in an attack ad, I can tell you that it is NOT public domain.=
There’s a distinction between publishing works which may be subject to copyright vs. spreading your views and opinions. In this instance we’re seeing nothing more than an individuals public statements shared with a larger audience. As you own your photos, Cindy Bailey owns her words. And I would never take them from her.
==Cindy Bailey’s Facebook page has said she is the “chief consultant, strategist and cheerleader” for her spouse’s gubernatorial campaign.==That explains a lot about the trajectory of Darren’s campaign.