Saturday, December 17, 2016

Who can lead the dems to victory in 2018?

Now that U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has decided to stay in Washington, Illinois Democrats finally have come to the realization that, to unseat the hated Gov. Bruce Rauner, they're going to need a candidate to run against him.
The last couple of weeks have been abuzz with Democrats from Cairo to Waukegan suddenly strutting their stuff, waving their checkbooks and leaking tidbits to friendly media. If anything there are too many
candidates, but, hey, you can't beat somebody with nobody.
The would-be governors sort of fall into three categories. Let's start with arguably the oddest: the 1 percent club.
 - J.B. Pritzker
J.B. Pritzker
They include billionaire tech maven and hotel scion J.B. Pritzker, who has begun to call around to make the case that only a Democrat with big money is positioned to compete with Rauner, who likely can and may well drop $100 million to win a second term in 2018.
"I think (Pritzker is) likely to get in (the race)," says state Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago, who called me on his behalf. "With all the dysfunction in Springfield, having outside leadership and perspective can be helpful." Pritzker is "a different guy" since he lost his bid for Congress back in 1998, she adds.
Of course, things could change if his big sister, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, decides to enter the race when her Washington gig expires next month. I hear that's unlikely but not impossible, though she wouldn't be helped any by her backing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal or her vote to close dozens of Chicago public schools when she served on the Board of Education a few years ago.
 - Chris Kennedy
Chris Kennedy
Then there's the not-quite-as-wealthy but better-known Chris Kennedy, the former long-time operator of his family's Merchandise Mart and ex-chairman of the University of Illinois board. After months of lying low, he's been notably active lately, with a formal announcement expected as soon as next month. Among Kennedy's backers are former top aides to ex-Gov. Pat Quinn, as well as consultant Hanah Jubeh and state Senate Democratic Political Director Brendan O'Sullivan.
Kennedy has feinted in the direction of public office before, however, only to jilt the electorate at the altar. And he literally ran away from reporters at last summer's Democratic National Convention rather than answer questions, not a promising sign.
Category two includes a variety of midrange Democrats. Each has a following but would have to scramble to widen their base.
For instance, state Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, reminds me of the late Dawn Clark Netsch with his focus on fiscal probity and thoughtful backing of progressive causes. He raised $10 million for an anti-Rauner TV blitz this fall but insists it's not about money. "I really don't like the theory of 'we'll pit our billionaire against their billionaire,' " he says.
Two downstate officials are known to be considering a run, too, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos of western Illinois and state Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill. Both have been successful in regions that the Democratic Party statewide has all but abandoned in recent decades.
But Bustos recently accepted a job in House Democratic leadership that will be difficult to walk away from, even if she has Durbin's rumored backing. That could make Manar, the former chief of staff to Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, the man to watch in a crowded field, especially if he's able to consolidate labor behind him.
 - Robin Kelly
Robin Kelly
Also in this category is south suburban U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly. The only African-American who seems to be seriously eyeing this contest, Kelly has some statewide experience as former deputy state treasurer, she ran for state treasurer (losing to Republican Dan Rutherford), and she served as a top aide to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. At least as good, billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent $2 million on TV ads pushing her House candidacy and perhaps could be convinced to open his wallet again.
The real question is whether Kelly is willing to give up a safe House seat for a shot at unseating Rauner. 
I've got one other category. Let's call them the loooong shots.
 - Ameya Pawar
Ameya Pawar
Attorney General Lisa Madigan almost certainly isn't going to run unless her father, House Speaker Mike Madigan, gets out of the way. (Don't hold your breath.) Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs does not seem inclined to roll the dice, and one of his top aides is backing Kennedy. Two other officials from Chicago, Treasurer Kurt Summers and North Side Ald. Ameya Pawar, 47th, are fine fellows with upside potential in their careers, but not that much upside potential.
We'll see how many of these folks actually file and whether someone else drops in, such as top Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, who seems interested in doing something after she and her boss leave the White House next month. The real question for the Dems: Which of them is best 


  1. Anonymous12/17/2016

    All of these people are very hard working. Any one of them will do. I can't wait. Illinois will be great again.

  2. Anonymous12/18/2016

    Gee, how did Illinois and Chicago get so screwed up? Having a one party system with Democrats in charge at the legislative level. Next governor is the captain of a ship going down fast as you will never tax and regulate your way to prosperity.

  3. Anonymous12/18/2016

    What have any of these people done? What are their accomplishments. How the ---- would you know how very "hard working" any of them are. Aside from that, here's two questions. Who wrote this piece? And why is it on this blog?

    1. You need to chill out my friend. You missed my humor. Not one of these people has ever done a full days work. They wouldn't have a clue where to start.

  4. Anonymous12/18/2016

    What web really need is a black Jewish crippled midget who its gay and is a crime victim. Diversity is our greatest strength. Yes indeed.

  5. Anonymous12/18/2016

    I didnt see Tom Dart's name up there. Why not.

  6. Anonymous12/19/2016

    This post from Second City Cop is a must read for everyone who reads this blog:

    Nice Jail There Dart
    No wonder he wants it empty - bad things happen there:
    An inmate at Cook County Jail has been charged with aggravated battery after surveillance video shows him punching a correctional staff member, according to the Cook County Sheriff. The inmate was also found with contraband in his cell.

    Jimmie Smith, 41, was seen on video punching the female correctional lieutenant in the face in Division 9 of the jail on December 5. Officials said the attack happened as correctional offers were trying to remove a contraband laptop that Smith had.

    An investigation showed that Smith had previously been given access to a laptop in order to prepare for his defense, since he was representing himself in an upcoming trial.

    The Cook County sheriff said an investigation is going into how he was able to keep the laptop.
    Allowed laptops? In jail? What could possibly go wrong with that decision?

    Something like this maybe? (sent by a County Source):
    The real story NOT reported by the Dart controlled Media..

    Jimmie Smith, 41 was allowed personal access to a laptop computer in his cell. Smith allegedly made numerous Pornographic Videos and even started his own talk show to the outside world. Smith is known for attacking staff members but Sheriff Dart refused to take away his privileges.

    Smith allegedly attacked his attorney just last week.. Of course not reported by the press..

    Smith attacked his attorney, following parole for 5 rapes, and then bragged about 3 murders (Smith lived in teen Yasmin Acree's bldg. - she disappeared years ago without a trace.) They're only allowed 5 practice rapes and 3 practice murders in a new "get tough on crime" strategy. Is this one of Dart's low level offenders?
    Better get him back on the street as soon as possible!

    Yeah, Sheriff Dart, demonstrated leadership and ass.

  7. Anonymous12/19/2016

    You guys are jealous of Dart because he doesn't drag his knuckles when he walks, like you guys do.

    1. Anonymous12/19/2016

      Jealous is the last thing anyone would be of Dart. Jealous of what? His hair? His Mt. Carmel fleece? His pandering to the inmates? His ineptitude? What are you referring to? What specific qualities does Dart have, that anyone would be jealous of? His long list of accomplishments? His social agenda? You sir, should stop wearing your a-hole for a hat and take a look around to see what's going on in the world around you.

    2. Anonymous12/19/2016

      DART CARES. He really does.

  8. Anonymous12/19/2016