May 16, 2005

Will IL Republicans take a ride on the Wayback Machine?

Former Gov. Jim Edgar, spurred by encouragement from business and Republican leaders, said he has not ruled out a run for the state’s top job in 2006.

The two-term governor, who left office in 1999 after deciding not to run for a third term, said Friday he has no plans to become a candidate. But, he added, "I never say never."

At least six other GOP leaders have expressed interest in running against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who in 2002 became the first Democrat to win the state’s top office in more than a quarter century.

Edgar briefly considered coming out of political retirement to run for the U.S. Senate last year — encouraged by Republican leaders including President Bush — but decided against it.

The former governor said Friday that another term as governor is “more attractive than the Senate,” the Chicago Tribune reported in its Sunday editions.

White House adviser Karl Rove lobbied for an Edgar ticket that would include state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka running for lieutenant governor during a recent visit to Illinois, the Tribune reported, citing Republican sources.

But Topinka has expressed interest in running for governor herself.
"The only race Judy is weighing is governor," her campaign said in a statement Friday.
Well, it's not like the Republicans aren't used to digging around in the past for candidates. They ran Bob Dole didn't they? And Bush is only a frontman for all the old Nixon/Ford/Reagan/Bush Sr. crooks. Since they want to lead the nation backwards, it kind of makes sense.

6 Comments:

At 5/16/2005 11:23 AM, Blogger diehard said...

The evil genius of Carl Rove may be at work here. He is a master at turning assets into liabilities. But Blago has no real assets except for 10 million. Money doesnt always win. just ask Blair Hull.
are the Dems doing anything to bring states into the Democratic fold like Ohio,Florida, Colorado. We beter be. Because even though the chimperor has a low approval rating Rove really has nothing to do with his time but to get more stupid poor people to vot Republican! And as we can see they are looking at Illinos there are more unions in Illinois than any other state. They will start to wittle away on weak willed union members and get them to vote Republican against the best intrests of themselves,thier families and their communities!

 
At 5/16/2005 11:57 AM, Blogger Decatur Democrat said...

Better to use the way back machine, then than the Maryland machine, well at least for us.

 
At 5/16/2005 12:05 PM, Blogger porchwise said...

I believe the Republicans are already aware they goofed. Too bad. Maybe next time they'll use a little common sense if we can survive for the next three and a half years.

 
At 5/16/2005 2:44 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Most Republican players are far too busy making loads of money and enjoying it to bother running for and holding office. The only candidates they can get are whacked-out ideologues or megalo-maniacal religios fanatics ala Keyes, or equally egotistical semi-retired multi-millionaire ideologues ala Oberweiss.

Their bench in office holders (current or former) is pretty lean, essentially limited to Topinka, Edgar, or LaHood.

 
At 5/16/2005 10:28 PM, Blogger sailingtowindward said...

Rove is obsessed about Lisa Madigan governing like NY Atty Gen Elliot Spitzer, who is disliked by the national business crowd. So, in their attack on Spitzer Jr. (Lisa Madigan) they may recruit a high-quality candidate to knock off Atty Gen Lisa Madigan with the help of a strong top of the ticket (Edgar - Topinka).

That's their big dream for 2006.

There are a couple problems. Edgar left in the throes of the infamous MSI scandal that could cripple a 2006 candidacy. Second, by gunning for Atty Gen Lisa Madigan you suddenly have the full and complete attention of her father, the state party chairman and house speaker, Michael J. Madigan. That would guarantee that Madigan would help Blagojevich and his daughter 100%.

So Rove's plan could backfire.

He may want to focus on a state where he can do more damage.

But, having said all that, I think it's important for the Illinois Democratic Party to get off its ass and start helping in red counties throughout Illinois. Just because Kerry carried Illinois by ten percent of the statewide vote doesn't mean we can rest on our laurels.

 
At 5/17/2005 7:09 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Don't forget that Edgar's wife may nix his run - he has a bad ticker and she may not want to sacrifice her loving husband for the good of the party. And she probably has more power in the decision than anyone.

So my assessment is Edgar won't run - but he's letting them use his name to get some hype going for a wounded Illinois Republican mainstream so they can try and muster up the troops.

 

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