December 7, 2005


Governor's race to shrink (Rick Pearson, December 6, 2005, Chicago Tribune)

In a major realignment in the Republican race for governor, conservative state Sen. Steve Rauschenberger is expected to quit the contest and instead run for lieutenant governor as the running mate of moderate Chicago businessman Ronald Gidwitz, sources close to both campaigns said Tuesday.

The move, expected to be formally announced Wednesday, would cast the March 21 GOP primary race as a four-person field, with two moderates and two conservatives. Gidwitz hopes to gain some momentum for his candidacy, which has failed to generate any traction with potential primary voters despite significant spending on TV ads and direct mailings.

The impetus for the move, the sources said, was a meeting Friday called by state Republican Chairman Andrew McKenna Jr., who urged the contenders to reassess the viability of their campaigns. Sources said McKenna shared results of a GOP-financed poll that showed Gidwitz and Rauschenberger with support in the single digits.

Both Gidwitz and Rauschenberger, the sources said, viewed the meeting as an attempt by top state GOP officials to clear the field for the candidacy of state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, a moderate and the early frontrunner.

She ought to endorse him for LG and say she looks forward to a ticket that can unify the party.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 7, 2005 1:50 PM

If by "she" you mean Topinka, it won't happen. Further, Rauschenberger has promised to drop out if he wins and Gidwitz doesn't. (this seems silly to me, but he said it)

Topinka is Satan. She isn't 1st, 2nd, or 3rd way. She's anti-life, pro-gay marriage, pro-tax and pro-corruption. Mehlmen and Rove are idiots for backing her, and proving themselves to be back room hacks in the process.

If she wins, I'll endorse and campaign for Blago. She will complete the destruction of Illinois Republican Party.

That party is so far gone that I'm guessing that only a TACTICAL 3rd Candidacy can revive it. For a brilliant exposition on why....

Posted by: Bruno at December 7, 2005 6:15 PM

Can some one show me how to create a link here?

Is it href...etc.?

Posted by: Bruno at December 7, 2005 6:28 PM

Bruno, check your email for linking info.

Posted by: erp at December 7, 2005 7:14 PM

Bruno, Pretty much agree, but do you have anyone in mind. No more Allen Keyes.

You'd vote for Blago? Come on! Looks like Illinois is a blue state desert right now.

Posted by: jdkelly at December 7, 2005 7:31 PM


Good Question. First, if we can't a get a dynamic reformer (Oberweis is imperfect, but has a good shot at being one) then I want Dems at the helm when the Pension Poop hits the Demographic fan.

Further, Blago frankly is better than Topinka. He actually kept his promise not to hike income & sales taxes this term. (easy when you raid the pension fund) Both are pro-death.

For the 3rd Candidate....?

O'Malley, Gary MacDougal?

But remember, winning is less important than boosting R turnout for legislative races and costing Topinka the possible (though not probable) win.

Conservatives have to come to grips with the notion that Clinton winning really was better than Bush1. It is a similar model here.

Posted by: Bruno at December 7, 2005 8:30 PM

Of course, They'd need a plan...

The Plan

Posted by: Bruno at December 7, 2005 8:33 PM

Sorry, I'll get the hang of it.

Posted by: Bruno at December 7, 2005 8:35 PM


The reason that your link didn't work is because you didn't put "http://" in front of "".

So, it should look like this:

<a href="">The Plan</a>

The Plan

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Posted by: Bruno at December 9, 2005 2:49 PM