Craig Walker gives the Mayor grief via Twitter for not graduating from the UofI while Gerard points out that his critic is a distinguished alum of another institution. Was Gerard representing himself as a graduate of the UofI? If so, it appears he's getting that small detail corrected. Apparently, all that heat makes people cranky.
Illlinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner suffered a double blow Friday with the approval of a Nov. 4 ballot that does not include his referendum to limit the terms of Illinois lawmakers but features a Libertarian candidate who could undercut his draw of conservative votes.
URBANA— Following today’s Appellate Court ruling preventing voters a voice in imposing an 8 year term limit on all Representatives and Senators serving in the Illinois General Assembly to be allowed on the Nov. 4 ballot, State Representative candidate Kristin Williamson released the following statement
While Gerard's team continues to focus on divisive topics, I don't think there's anything wrong with Gerard taking credit for everything good in Champaign. It's just what politicians do. The amount of progress Champaign has made over the past 20 years is impressive. His campaign will likely suggest the Mayor has a direct role in that progress and will certainly downplay the fact that the Council as a whole should share equally in any victories.
Wayne Williams dropped out of the race for County Clerk. You might remember past HI coverage on this topic. I initially discussed it HERE. Then I received a call from Wayne Williams saying that he could address my questions, but I still had doubts HERE. Finally, Wayne called me and convinced me to meet with him at the Esquire. You can read about our conversation HERE.
Davis campaign shakeup as entire field staff gets pink slips - 2.5 months before election day #IL13 #CCDems14 #GuardiansOfThe13th @CCYDems
"It's very weird because absolutely nothing has happened, we haven't lost anyone on our staff" - Rodney Davis' Office after Matthew Duco promotes inaccurate information on Twitter earlier today.
"Seriously?" - Eric Bussell
Former Madison County Judge Ann Callis started the cycle as one of Democrats’ top recruits. But her challenge to Rep. Rodney Davis (R) just isn’t materializing. The congressman is in a very strong position and Gov. Pat Quinn is proving to be an anvil around the neck of Downstate Democratic candidates. We’re moving the race from Toss-Up/Tilt Republican to Lean Republican.
At a public appearance last week on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Ann Callis' campaign staff physically attempted to silence and remove students protesting Callis' appearance with Senator Dick Durbin. The event was open to the media and was on the campus quad, public space available to anyone. We have the local Young Dems here in Champaign County flat-out making up stories about people violating their rights on public property while members of Team Callis elsewhere in the district are caught (on camera) physically confronting others. Can you imagine how crazy the local kids would behave if Rodney Davis' crew did something this?!
Tom's Mailbag was quite entertaining this week. Read the article HERE. Don Gerard's campaign spokesman Matt Duco is attracting more negative attention for his divisive behavior. He dodges Tom Kacich's questions about his shenanigans. Matt Duco claiming that others are trying to stoke the partisan flames is like watching a serial arsonist point fingers at others while holding an empty can of gasoline. He recently tweeted that the Rodney Davis campaign fired their whole field staff. This claim turned out to be completely false. He followed that up with an attack on the local GOP by creating a voter registration controversy at West Side Park after claims of the local GOP using the Champaign Police and Park District staff of doing their "dirty work". When challenged to explain, nobody can get a direct answer.
The Chamber endorsed Kristin Williamson and contributed $5000. Someone wrote in to Tom Kacich to point out how few minority-owned businesses are Chamber members. I suspect the Business Empowered endorsement had more to do with Carol Ammons being in favor of a $15/hour minimum wage vs. skin color. I guess if you don't support Carol, you're a racist.
One of Kacich's contributors alleged Gerard's campaign contributors of having a conflict of interest relating to TIF funds. While the assumptions proved to be inaccurate, I find it interesting that Gerard's campaign initially claimed others are trying to buy an election while the majority of his fundraising comes from a few big-money donors. While the Gerard #grassroots campaign is guilty of extreme hypocrisy, I don't see anything wrong with a very few business people supporting Don Gerard with very large checks.
The idea of Bambenek running for Mayor gave me a good chuckle. The dude is a lighting rod, what else can I say? Someone emailed me a faux campaign sign for laughs.
The attacks on Kristin Williamson (alleged lobbyist) were baseless. I think it's cute how the dems are all worked up in a district they shouldn't have to work to defend. When the Champaign County Dems can slate a strong candidate and get the Republicans worked up to defend the 102nd and the 104th, I'll be impressed.
Last but not least, the high school registration debacle continues to generate eye rolls as someone writes in to suggest the N-G editorial writer got his facts wrong. It turns out the editorial was spot-on.
In champ the local GOP fake news site is called Halfway Interesting. nationaljournal.com/politics/nrcc-…
Too bad Big Debbie's House isn't around to give us his daily dish about Halfway Interesting. Old habits die hard.
Champaign County GOP Chairman introduces Tim Johnson and Rodney Davis this week at the GOP HQ in Champaign.