February 24, 2005

Nuclear fallout

The Dispatch runs a page one follow up on the East Moline mayoral race.

Some nuggets...

Thodos apparently wasn't just running for mayor, he was on a mission from God.

"This was one of those things I prayed about. It was something I was compelled to do. I feel it was one of those things (the Lord) wanted me to do. I think it was a whole bunch of things all converging at this place in time."
(Wonder what other things God gave him advice on?)

As to funding, Morenos' camp said Thodos spent $35,000 on the campaign, Thodos says it was about half that. For his part, "Mayor Moreno said he couldn't afford billboards or mailings. His fliers were distributed by volunteers. He estimates he spent about a fifth of what Mr. Thodos spent."

Heiland felt that it wasn't just the outspending, that the win was due to, "... a lot of voters who haven't voted for years. They came out and voted."

John Gianulis addressed the economic issues. "There was a very competitive race in East Moline for mayor. With the difficult situation we've had with the closing of the Case plant in East Moline and some of the adversities, the incumbant had to bear the brunt of that."

The Photo

"Thodos said he chose not to use the photo in a smear campaign. 'I have had people say "Use this". I will not use it. To me, it was no option.'

Helen Heiland, Thodos' campaign manager, denies sending it out. 'We stayed on the up and up. John stayed on the issues. He didn't trash people.'"

"Moreno said he ran a campaign that was "too clean" by failing to mention Thodos' voting record as alderman." (!)

Moreno says that he's heartbroken, but doesn't want to get too down, "...because I trust that the mayor-elect will do the best that he can. If the team stays intact, it's like a relay race. I'm handing the baton off to (mayor-elect) John (Thodos). We're on the same team."

The best part of public service is the satisfaction of doing good things in your community", Moreno said, " The worst part is the campaign."

And so far, only denial from the Thodos camp. No condemnation of the pictures and what was done with them from anyone.

The entire article is at Quad Cities Online. Some content available free. Others require registration. Registration is free to subscribers to QC Online or The Dispatch/Argus papers, others must pay.


At 2/24/2005 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

qconline.com is free for certain articles and obituaries, etc.

At 2/24/2005 12:45 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

The Dope should have been more specific. Yes, some content is free. But full text of many news items is not.

At 2/24/2005 1:08 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I'm thinking the situation with QC online is that registered subscribers can link directly to articles, however, if a person goes directly to the site through their front page, these articles are not avaialable without registratrion.
In other words, you can access the articles through the links I provide, but were you to go to the QC online home page and attempt to access the article from there, it wouldn't be available.
If anyone can clear this up, feel free.

At 2/25/2005 1:16 AM, Blogger Decatur Democrat said...

My anonymous friend,
I touched on this race on my blog, but you give me details I did not know about. What is this picture you touch on, and also what was the role of Gianulis in this, give me an email at thedecaturdemocrat@gmail.com Ive got some ideas the the both of us could work on as well.

At 2/25/2005 2:28 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

An alert and helpful Dopester has posted the most complete account of "Picture-gate" so far in a comment on a post further down the page.

I suggest you read the post here.To my knowledge, Gianulis didn't have a dog in this fight, though I may be wrong. I'm certain that he had nothing to do with this bit of loathsome skullduggery.

At 2/25/2005 1:43 PM, Blogger Decatur Democrat said...

I should have asked what was the role of Gianulis in the mayor's race, not the picture gate, who was he backing?


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