*** UPDATED x1 *** More on that Kennedy poll
Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017
* The Chris Kennedy campaign just finished a call-in for political reporters about its latest poll. As we’ve already discussed, Kennedy’s poll has the candidate ahead of JB Pritzker 44-38. Here are a few notes…
A property tax issue polls worse than an FBI tapes issue. Think about that for a second. People are up in arms about property taxes, man.
* Consultant Eric Adelstein repeatedly said during the briefing that the campaign is confident that it will have the resources to get its message out and compete.
*** UPDATE *** Yesterday was the A-1 filing deadline day, and Kennedy reported a mere $438,834.92 in large contributions. That’s not good at all. [For some reason, my previous search included stuff that shouldn’t have been in there. This is a revised post.] He had $907K on hand at the beginning of the last quarter. We’ll see what their burn rate is by July 17th, when D-2s are due.
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Democratic candidates weigh in on Pritzker/Blagojevich story
Thursday, Jun 1, 2017
* In case you need to refresh your memory, the Chicago Tribune story is here. From the Chris Kennedy campaign…
* Sen. Daniel Biss’ campaign…
* Ameya Pawar’s campaign…
I haven’t heard back from Bob Daiber.
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Trib reporter denies Pritzker story was a Rauner leak
Thursday, Jun 1, 2017
Pritzker said more about that later in the same media availability and then said much the same thing during another avail he had last night. Click here for that one…
* But the Tribune’s Jeff Coen was on WBEZ this morning and was asked about his source…
* I asked the Pritzker campaign if they still stood by the allegations that this story was leaked by Rauner and/or the GOP to “distract” people…
So, they tightened it up a bunch and dropped the direct connection allegation.
* The Pritzker campaign does appear to have some legit beefs about the way this story was reported out. They say they were only given an hour to respond to the story and weren’t told that tapes even existed. The Tribune reporters, the campaign claims, wouldn’t even read them any excerpts from the Blagojevich conversations, which is why the campaign’s first response seemed so oddly off-topic.
The question remains as well whether a federal judge’s order sealing these tapes was somehow violated. Remember, this was a huge issue back in the day. Blagojevich kept demanding that the judge “Release the tapes!” and the judge wouldn’t do it. This was a private conversation that didn’t result in any charges or even any testimony and yet it’s now public.
Campaign opposition researcher Will Caskey said this in comments yesterday…
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