June 25, 2004


GOP lawmakers agree Ryan must go (LYNN SWEET AND SCOTT FORNEK, June 25, 2004, Chicago Sun-Times)

Led by Illinois' most powerful Republican, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, the state's 10 GOP members of Congress agreed Thursday that Jack Ryan cannot withstand the sex scandal dogging his campaign and needs to step down as the party's nominee for U.S. Senate.

It is the strongest signal to date that Hastert will use his clout to pressure Ryan to vacate the ticket and free the Illinois GOP leaders to pick a replacement.

The move comes as Ryan took a two-day hiatus to privately mull whether to pull the plug or mount a full-scale battle to get his beleaguered campaign back on track -- possibly through TV or full-page newspaper ads.

Were he a Democrat his behavior and lying about it wouldn't matter, but the GOP has standards.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 25, 2004 11:04 AM

Agree that the GOP seems to show more principle than the Dems. But all of this will be for naught if the GOP can't persuade a serious candidate (Edgar, Thompson) to step in and hold the seat.

Posted by: AWW at June 25, 2004 12:02 PM

Oh, please - the old guard still runs IL and they haven't a clue.

Gee, A gen-xer who came of age after the boomers wanted to experiment.

Bar the door, Ethel.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 25, 2004 12:03 PM

For not having a clue, the 'old guard' sure seems to be smart enough to 'still run things'...

Posted by: andy at June 25, 2004 12:32 PM

Except that the GOP has practically ceased to be a force in politics in IL because of a gigantic scandal. And they've haven't been a factor in Chicago politics since before the first Daley.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at June 25, 2004 1:06 PM

NRO is reporting Ryan is pulling out. Now we see if the GOP will make an effort for the seat or not.

Posted by: AWW at June 25, 2004 1:46 PM

If I were Ryan, I would come back in )^ and go for Gov against Blagovich.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 25, 2004 1:55 PM

Robert - should that be 06?

Posted by: AWW at June 25, 2004 2:41 PM

They're low standards -- as I recall, last week Orrin thought this inconsequential -- but you gotta start someplace.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at June 25, 2004 6:26 PM


To the contrary, I said it wouldn't matter to the electorate but was probably unacceptable to the GOP.

Posted by: oj at June 25, 2004 6:51 PM

In Illinois the 'old guard' is who has control of the jobs and money. Political labels are for the public. Loren-Maltese, Scott Falwell, the GOP hating Fitzgerald and loving Ryan, Daley and the Duff family, they're all the same guys.

Posted by: andy at June 25, 2004 8:49 PM

Apparently, it did matter to the electorate, too.

As it should have.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at June 26, 2004 2:53 PM