It’s Lincoln Day Dinner season in Illinois!
Republican candidates for office will be fanning out across the state, giving speeches, shaking hands & trying to convince the faithful that Republicans should vote for them in the all too soon primary. Some of those making the circuit are old hats & there are a few new faces as well. Let’s take a brief look at some of the candidates that might or might not run for various statewide offices.
Bruce Rauner for Governor – Successful businessman who idolizes what Scott Walker has done to the unions in Wisconsin. I can’t fault his success. I can fault his ties to Mayor Rahm and his & his wife’s past campaign donations to Democrat candidates, campaigns & PACs as pointed out by Illinois Review contributor Sam Pierce. Rauner’s stances on social issues are supposedly in question as well, but opportunities for Rauner to explain those will be forthcoming over the next few months.
Kirk Dillard for Governor – Ran in 2010 & lost to Bill Brady by the narrowest of margins. Dillard does have pretty good conservative credentials & has a name presence in the suburbs – a key voting demographic. Dillard does have some problems though. He ran before & lost & convincing voters that he can get the job done this time will be tougher than last time. Also, must deal with a divided downstate voters as multiple downstate candidates could enter the race.
Dan Rutherford for Governor– He won bigger than Gov. Pat Quinn & did better than expected within Chicago itself when he ran & won for IL State Treasurer. He has statewide name recognition & has a statewide campaign framework in place from his last campaign. However, Rutherford was the only Republican to vote in favor of civil unions during the lame duck session of the IL GA in 2010 which many conservatives still remember & conservatives are the ones that generally turnout in numbers during primaries.
Bill Brady for Governor – Shortly after his loss to Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010, he notified his campaign supporters to “save the signs” indicating then & there that he planned a third shot at winning the Governor’s mansion. Unfortunately, Brady’s time has come & gone & many of those that went to the mat for him remember his far from stellar debate performances, lack of campaigning in Chicago & overall lack of campaign defense against him by Personal PAC & others in the final week of the campaign.
Joe Walsh for Governor – Firebrand conservative who has many Tea Partiers excited about a possible run. Walsh’s words have gotten him in trouble in the past & could hurt him in the long run. Plus, he was only a one term Representative & lost in his first re-election try. Staying power & statewide appeal will be his biggest criticisms to fight, not his conservatism.
Aaron Schock for Governor – A once rising star in the Republican Party, Schock – even in 2010 – was considered to be the next candidate for Governor. Two years is 10 lifetimes in politics & now Schock faces a media blitzkrieg from Bruce Rauner & conservatives alike. Schock has earned the ire of others because he seems to be one of the Anointed Ones by the Illinois Republican leadership. Schock will have a hard time convincing Republican voters he can win if a pre-emptive strike by Rauner has already damaged his chances for winning the nomination for Governor.
Adam Andrzejewski for Treasurer – Don’t yell at me about not putting him in the Governor race column because sources I trust have indicated that he will be running for Treasurer as soon as Rutherford announces for Governor. If I’m wrong so be it. Andzejewski was a successful businessman & new comer during the Governor’s race in 2010. He did surprisingly well downstate where his conservative anti-Chicago, anti-government message met receptive ears. Andzejewski has been active since his run with For the Good of Illinois & therefore maintains a decent name ID. Andzejewski’s biggest hurdle will be convincing voters not in downstate Illinois to vote for him though if nobody with higher name ID enters the race against him, he should sail through the primary.
I’ve heard other names tossed about for Governor like Dan Duffy, Jason Plummer & a few others. I didn’t include them in this initial list because I haven’t heard anything else out of those other potential candidates regarding their possible runs. The same goes for other Treasurer candidates, though Andzejewski has been the only name I’ve heard for that office. As far as Senate, Comptroller, Lt. Governor & Attorney General , I have not heard any names for those offices.
The main point of this article is to point out both some positives & negatives of potential Republican candidates for statewide office in 2014. I know some of you support one person over another or are not satisfied with any of the candidates mentioned. That’s completely understandable. Each candidate has their problems, each candidate has issues they must overcome to win Republican voters. I also understand it’s quickly becoming primary season in Illinois & the long knives will be coming out as Republicans trash Republicans, conservatives argue their candidate is more conservative than the next & candidates trash candidates. Such is politics – there is no way around it.
As the campaign season begins to get into full swing & more people announce/explore, I plan on writing follow-ups to this article.
By: Brian Milleville
Illinois Conservatives Leadership Member
New York Times
By JAMES DAO
April 14, 2011, 8:37 PM
It isn’t every day that liberals like Representative Jim McGovern, a Democrat from Massachusetts, appear at Capitol Hill news conferences with conservative stalwarts like Representative Walter B. Jones, a Republican from North Carolina.
But the war in Afghanistan has made for some unusual bedfellows. On Thursday, the two congressmen, along with a mashup of conservative, liberal and even libertarian lawmakers and organizations found common ground in calling for an end to the war in Afghanistan.
They did not all see eye to eye on how or why the United States should get out of Afghanistan. Conservatives like Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California, and Mr. Jones said they thought spending tax dollars on nation-building in Afghanistan was a waste of money. Democrats like Representatives Barbara Lee and Lynn Woolsey, both from California, discussed investing military dollars on domestic programs.
And while some called for withdrawing all troops as soon as possible, others supported keeping as many as 20,000 American forces in the country for several years.
But there was broad agreement among the participants that the time had come to sharply reduce spending not just on the war but on the military in general.
“We can’t pay our bills here, yet we’re spending $8 billion a month in Afghanistan,” Mr. Jones said in a telephone interview. “I don’t know what our country is trying to accomplish. History says Afghanistan will never be a nation. It will be a country of tribes. We’re wearing out the troops and spending money we don’t have.”
Mr. Jones, whose district includes Camp Lejeune, the Marines Corps base, has never been a shrinking violet about supporting the military. But for more than a year, he has been outspoken in his opposition to the war in Afghanistan.
On Friday, Mr. Jones said he and Mr. McGovern planned to introduce legislation that would require the president to send Congress a plan with a timetable and completion date for handing over all military operations in Afghanistan to the Afghan government.
The goal, Mr. Jones said, would be a much faster withdrawal of American forces than currently envisioned by the Obama administration, which says it will begin a gradual drawn down of troops starting this summer and ending in 2014.
“It absolutely must be faster than 2014,” Mr. Jones said. “How many more will die or be wounded before 2014?”
Jacob Diliberto, executive director of an antiwar group, Veterans for Rethinking Afghanistan, said he thought that the national focus on reducing the deficit would give added momentum to their campaign.
“It is politically savvy to support this,” said Mr. Diliberto, a former Marine who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and who has also been an evangelical minister. “I think if a Republican is going to win in 2012, they have to raise these issues.”
Thursday’s event was organized in large part by Rethink Afghanistan, an antiwar project of the Brave New Foundation, a liberal organization. Timed to tax day on April 18, Rethink Afghanistan has created a website called Afghanistan War Tax Calculator that estimates how much of an individual’s income goes toward financing the war.
It seems unlikely that the Jones-McGovern bill has much chance of passing. But Mr. Jones said he believed that there was growing disenchantment with the war on the right. Most of the freshmen conservatives elected with Tea Party support have called for ending American involvement in the war, he said.
He also sees growing support for withdrawing American forces in his solidly conservative district. “I see a lot of active-duty Marines who tell me, ‘We will never win this war,’” he said.
The appearance of the Tea Party on Capitol Hill has sent shockwaves throughout the neo-conservatives and traditional Libertarians.
Rand Paul’s Speech regarding Libya and the Constitution sets the tone for some feisty upcoming foreign policy debates.
Well, Mr Obama has a new campaign clip, and you should be excited about it. It shows all the good things he is doing to win over Americans–Sigh.
Please watch with excitement. As it aims to be entertaining!!!!
Lastly, ask yourself, “Are you in”?
As we look to the November elections, and in no way should we take our eye off the ball, we also should realize that the local municipal, park district, school board, and fire district elections are coming up in April.
September 21st candidates were able to start circulating nominating petitions for the April 5, 2011 consolidated elections. Many local positions across the State will be up for election in April 2011, including Village Board, City Council, Fire District Board, Park District Board, and School Board.
Voter turnout in local elections historically is very low. This is very unfortunate because voters can make such a big difference in local elections. The local government impacts people far more than they often realize. For the most part, the local elected officials are very accessible as well.
As a Village Trustee in Bartlett, I represent a community of just over 41,000 residents. I try to attend as many local events as possible. My contact information is on facebook, and on my website. I try to return calls and emails in a very timely manner. I do not believe I am unique in this, I believe most local elected officials are or should be very accessible to their community as well as involved in their community.
Municipalities and other local governments set budgets to improve local infrastructure including roads, bridges, bike paths, sidewalk improvements, etc. School Boards typically take the majority of our property tax, and spend that money on teachers’ salaries, books, maintenance of the schools, upgrades to the schools technology, and of course on administration. The elected officials are expected to be good stewards of the tax payer’s dollars. If you don’t think they are doing a good job at it, get involved, run for office, or vote them out.
Local government is also a great way to have your voice heard on larger issues. One example is a resolution that the Board can pass and forward on to higher offices expressing the views of the community. We, in the Village of Bartlett, passed a resolution opposing some of Governor Quinn’s budget plans. Other cities across the country passed resolutions opposing the Immigration Law in Arizona, and many other cities passed resolutions supporting the Arizona law. If you want your voice heard on issues like this, getting involved in local elections would be a great way to do it.
If you don’t have your voice heard in local elections, you will be allowing someone else to make the decision for you as to who will run your municipality, your school board, your park district, etc. These local elected officials often will run for higher office, so if you allow someone to get into office that does not represent your views, you may very well see them as a Congressman or even as Governor.
In 1983 Chicago’s 10th ward Alderman, Ed Vrdolyak, hired Rod Blagojevich as his Clerk. Rod Blagojevich went on to become a Congressman, and eventually Governor of Illinois. In 2003, while Governor of Illinois, Rod increased spending, and deficits approving of more government spending without a means to pay for it. In 2009 Rod Blagojevich was impeached. He then went on the Celebrity Apprentice where he was fired by Donald Trump for his lack of leadership.
In 1992 residents of Wasilla, AK elected Sarah Palin to serve on their City Council. She then went on to serve as Wasilla’s Mayor. In 2006 Sarah Palin was elected as Alaska’s Governor where she cut budgets, and vetoed wasteful spending bills. She was the Republican nominee for Vice President in 2008 and now is an outspoken supporter of the Tea Party, good common sense and conservative values across the country.
The impact and domino effect of who is elected to local offices can be very significant. If you are not satisfied with the job your local elected officials are doing, stand up, run for office, or at a bare minimum vote them out. It is time to get more conservatives into office throughout the State of Illinois, and local elections are a great place to start.
About Frank Napolitano: Frank Napolitano is a Village Trustee in Bartlett, Illinois where he chairs the Public Works Committee. He is involved in several conservative groups including the Illinois Center Right Coalition where he serves on the Steering Committee, is involved in a new Tea Party Group, the Tri Count Teas, and the following facebook groups; Founder of DuPage Conservatives, Illinois Coordinator for Facebook Conservatives and Congressman of Illinois Conservatives. Frank is fiscally conservative, socially conservative, and constitutionally conservative and is a member of the NRA and ISRA. Frank is also a Repubican precinct committeeman in Wayne Township, where he serves on the Technology Committee.
The oh, so clueless mainstream media continues to struggle in its concurrent efforts to delegitimize as well as define the Tea Party movement. A commentary from National Public Radio, Who Is the Tea Party? There’s No Short Answer is one of many on any given day that illustrates my point. So would it have been easier for those who insist upon traditional organizational charts, leadership hierarchies, and bureaucratic nightmares to define the Tea Party movement if we had simply called ourselves ‘patriots’? Do patriotic Americans need to be defined by a leader or titular head in order to be legitimized? Did anyone expect a leader to step forward for the ‘silent majority’?
Of course, not! The ‘silent majority’ knew who they were. The ‘silent majority’ was a representation of Americans who devoutly subscribed to our American values, culture, Constitution, freedom, and sovereignty. But when a Marxist president and Congress began to show their true intentions in 2009, that ‘silent majority’ recognized the threat and developed a ‘voice’ – and it is silent no more. No one told us how to think and what to believe before 2009 – that hasn’t changed one iota. But now we are vocal. Now we are angry. And now we are applying the personal responsibility that we had let lie dormant for too long and our commitment is to restore what we hold most sacred from what was built by our founding fathers.
We never needed a political party to define our beliefs. Fortunately, and for a good period of time, there were two major political parties that shared most of those beliefs. One of those parties has been dead for a while in the eyes of patriots – the Democratic Party unabashedly eschews patriotism. But if we view the Democrats as dead, they we must view the Republicans as deaf. Too many of them lip synch the words of the party platform, but are unable, if not unwilling, to hear the concerns of the people they have left behind. What little structure we do have is essentially to enhance networking and communications – not edicts. We prefer not to form a political party to restore our nation, but we will claim ownership for the people who choose to carry that banner and we promise to hold them accountable. In the meanwhile, the media will continue to march toward oblivion because they’ll likely never ‘get it’ – they wouldn’t recognize principles if they saw them. As for the Tea Partiers and 9-12er’s on the other hand – we’ll stay engaged and will keep our voices and actions both loud and purposeful. And pity be to those who dare to get in the way of patriots.
Good evening. Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and neighbours. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.
The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong.
A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.
Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature. And we responded with the best of America — with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbours who came to give blood and help in any way they could.
Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government’s emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it’s prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington, D.C. to help with local rescue efforts.
Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks.
The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight, and will be open for business tomorrow. Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business, as well.
The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. I’ve directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbour them.
I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance.
America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism. Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.”
This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.
President George W Bush – 9/11 speech – Address to the Nation September 11th 2001
What does it mean to be a Republican or a Democrat?
I would first like to tell you what it is not. It is not like being a fan of a team, and rooting for (or in this case voting for) the team of your choice.
In sports, you would follow, and root for your team, or your alma mater, pretty much no matter who the coach is, or who the current players are.
I think a lot of people look at politics this way. So many people don’t look at the candidates and what they stand for. Most people will say “I am a democrat” or “I am a Republican” go to the polls, do little or no research on the actual stance, policies, and record for the candidates and vote for the Republican or Democrat like they would root for the Cubs or the White Sox.
This is much more important than that.
First thing people should do is determine what they themselves stand for. Than for each race, local, state, and national, find the candidate, regardless of party, that most fits their beliefs and vote for them.
Of course the politicians of all parties often make it difficult to get a straight answer on their stance or views. Often, if you ask what someone thinks about something they will give you double talk and not a real answer on where they stand. DO NOT ACCEPT THAT. If a politician can not be honest and open with you during the campaign, how will they be honest and open with you once they are in office?
Then, inspect what you expect. That means, if you expect the person you are voting for is Pro-Life for example, check his or her actual voting record on that. If you hold your right to keep and bear arms as an important right, look at the candidate’s actual voting record on those issues. If you oppose tax increases, and wasteful government spending, look at their record, how did they vote on tax increases in the past, how they voted on spending in the past.
It is unlikely you will find someone who agrees with you on everything you believe in, but if you find someone who you agree with on most issues, that is the person you should support, regardless of party.
Remember, you are voting for an individual in each race, you are not voting for a party like you would root for a team.
As an American, you have the right to vote, but you also have an obligation to do your own homework on the candidates.