March 26, 2005


Spoilers abound in gov race (THOMAS ROESER, March 26, 2005, Chicago Sun-Times)

Earlier this week, Republican state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka and investment analyst/ice cream titan Jim Oberweis moved closer to formally announcing for governor. Topinka, a social liberal whose bubbly personality has captivated many, released a poll showing her within 3 percentage points of Gov. Blagojevich.

Social conservative Oberweis, who matches Topinka as a meet-and-greet, folksy campaigner, said after a cerebral tussle with reporter Russ Stewart on my WLS radio program that he would announce soon. A supply-sider, he said he would not just hold the line on taxes but would seek to reduce them.

The six other Republicans seeking the governorship -- except Rep. Ray LaHood -- seem wan in comparison to Topinka and Oberweis. This duo neatly encapsulates the party's two major factions, the Thompson-Edgar-Ryan establishment and Reaganite outsiders. Each faction has its potential spoiler.

Nothing wrong with a brisk primary as long as everyone acts like an adult afterwards.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 26, 2005 10:07 AM


Ask Lynn Martin how likely that is.

Posted by: jeff at March 26, 2005 10:10 AM

The present gov is hated downstate by dema nd reps alike.

LaHood is a very interesting character, not least b/c he's a Lebanese Christian, a leader in the wealthy and influential Lebanese community in the Peoria area.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 26, 2005 10:53 AM

This is IL, no one on the inside knows how to act like adults.

Stream my show in !!ONE HOUR!!

I'm interviewing spoiler Rauchenberger.

Posted by: BB at March 26, 2005 11:00 AM

Judy Barr BLaHoodGidwitz are essentially the same candidate supporting the same corrupt "pay-to-play" politics.

Lahood is one (there are many) of the reasons Fitzgerald is gone. He's the Ryan wing's putative "conservative" attack dog.

Any one who protects the teacher's unions is part of the problem.

Posted by: BB at March 26, 2005 11:04 AM

Oberweiss should have been in the Senate, since he came in second behind Ryan in the GOP primary.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at March 26, 2005 9:53 PM
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