Tea Party, rifles and backstabbing -- Morning Trough

Tea Party, rifles and backstabbing -- Morning Trough

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Wed, 01/20/2010 - 09:14

Republicans will certainly want to focus today on last night's big Senate victory in Massachusetts as a sign they can ride such a wave in Illinois. They were tripping over themselves to get out such predictions last night. Expect more today and a clear analysis from the pundits on why and why not their is a true comparison.
On the plus side for the Republicans, this is a clear sign their message is resonating with crucial independent voters and that Democratic hegemony can be broken with enough attention and game plan regardless of Barack Obama's involvement.
On the negative side for Republicans, it remains to be seen if the Illinois GOP will be able to actually implement an effective game plan with the kind of national attention and resources enjoyed by Senator-elect Scott Brown pulled in numerous different directions for Nov. 2. And it always boils down to the candidate's themselves - will they be polished and crafty enough to exploit any Democratic weaknesses? Plus, where will the economy, clearly the overriding issue, be in 10 months?
Here is Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady's take:
"Illinois is next," Brady says. "Like Massachusetts, Illinois is under control of the single-party rule Democrats who have had unbridled control of the State of Illinois for the last eight years and have brought us to the brink of financial collapse. The eyes of the nation will be upon Illinois as we seek to regain the United States Senate seat formerly held by President Obama and retake the Governor’s mansion."

Also on topic today:

All seven Republican candidates for governor are set to debate in Champaign. The debate will be broadcast live downstate starting at 7 p.m. on WDWS-AM 1400.

All candidates for Illinois office - not congressional - will be turning in their campaign disclosure reports by midnight tonight. Observers will be looking closely at who is winning the money race in the GOP governor's primary, who has the bucks in the Cook County Board and DuPage County Board races as well as who is giving out all this cash. Still unclear is how much some of the self-financed candidates in the down ballot statewide races are spending.

Gov. Pat Quinn is set to hand out more state cash for construction on a Chicago charter school late this morning. After that he is holding a campaign event with Secretary of State Jesse White.

In the Cook County Board race, Terry O'Brien landed the endorsement of the Gay Chicago Magazine while Tony Preckwinkle recently announced support from U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Hinsdale businessman Patrick Hughes has a new TV ad up in the GOP Senate primary:

The Illinois State Rifle Association didn't endorse Hughes in his bid against U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (who has sponsored gun-control legislation), instead backing downstate retired judge Don Lowery for Senate, calling him a "long-time friend of the Illinois hunter and sportsman." The IRSA also endorsed Randy Hultgren over Ethan Hastert in the 14th District

News you should know:

Quinn and Hynes spar over pensions and tax hikes in ABC 7 debate. Daily Herald Managing Editor Madeleine Doubek was a panelist. Most interesting line came when Quinn, after blasting Hynes for name calling, said the comptroller is the kind of guy who "smiles into your face, stabs you in the back."

Quinn has been spending little time on his campaign, but a lot of time on official business.

Des Plaines is in the middle of building the state's 10th casino and it just fired its city manager without saying why.

JimWagner is now the inside watchdog over the Illinois tollway.

Greg Jacobs, the only veteran running in the 8th District Republican primary, wants 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy spiked.
""If you have the guts to put the uniform on, nobody should (mess) with you," he says.

A detailed look at the Illinois comptroller race.

Senate Democratic candidates continue to spar in latest TV debate.

Senate President John Cullerton says tax swap-type plans unlikely this year.

More pension fixes examined.

And yet more on the water reclamation district races.

The Daily Herald has its Election Page up -- you can zoom in on any of the scores of races in the suburbs to get detailed surveys, the latest news and profiles. Visit it here.

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