June 11, 2006


Bush hopes to paint town red on date with Topinka (LYNN SWEET, 6/11/06, Chicago Sun-Times)

Democratic blue state Illinois is flashing onto the radar of the Bush White House, with the governorship up for grabs and two high-profile House seats. The Sun-Times has learned President Bush is coming to Chicago July 7 for a fund-raiser for Judy Baar Topinka.

The White House political operation, run by Karl Rove -- who helped convince Topinka to run against Gov. Blagojevich -- is also closely monitoring two of the most-watched House races in the country, in the west and Northwest Suburban 6th and 8th congressional districts.

Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin are seen by the White House as having very serious potential to pick off a Democratic governor, notwithstanding low approval ratings for Bush and Congress.

John McCain will easily carry all three in '08.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 11, 2006 4:33 PM

Easy there, Bruno.

Posted by: jdkelly at June 11, 2006 4:52 PM

OJ does this to bait me. ;-)

Bush's embrace of Topinka will Hurt both Roskam & McSweeney, but fortunately hurt Topinka even more.

The best hope for IL Conservatives is getting the Marriage Amendment on the ballot, but OJ's heroine - Topinka - is quietly pulling out all the stops to make sure it's knocked off the ballot.

One doubts that even NJ has had such a vacuous and pointless election. It's a race to the bottom, and Topinka could still win.

Posted by: Bruno at June 11, 2006 8:26 PM

It sucks the way we just keep moving the country Right.

Posted by: oj at June 11, 2006 9:03 PM

As an Illinois resident I'm despairing over this election. Governor Sonny Boy is a crook, a con and incompetent to boot. Topinka is part of the bipartisan, good-old-boy network that has fostered some of the worst state-level corruption in the country. She's no prize. I rather wish Peter Fitzgerald would throw his hat in the ring as an independent just to watch the fireworks.

Posted by: Steve White at June 11, 2006 11:52 PM