June 22, 2005

Gidwitz jumps into IL Governor's race

DIXON, Ill -- After decades as a behind-the-scenes player in Republican politics, wealthy Chicago businessman Ron Gidwitz took to a makeshift stage outside the old Lee County Courthouse on Tuesday to formally declare his candidacy for the GOP nomination for governor.

Gidwitz, who formerly led the family cosmetics business, Helene Curtis Industries, until it was sold in 1996, is the second Republican to enter the race, after Aurora businessman James Oberweis. At least six other Republicans have expressed interest in the nomination.

Gidwitz, 60, also is the first social moderate to jump into the contest. He supports abortion rights, though he backs parental consent before a minor can undergo the procedure. And while he opposes gay marriage, Gidwitz supports the concept of civil unions.

Those positions, he said, represented one reason why he chose Dixon, the boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan, to kick off his campaign.

"It is a message that we are going to bring back Ronald Reagan's values, Ronald Reagan's inclusiveness," he said.

A Republican ward committeeman in the late 1980s, Gidwitz has been a longtime member of the state GOP Finance Committee and has given more than $750,000 to state and federal Republican candidates and campaigns in the last 11 years.

But Gidwitz, a noted philanthropist, also has had good relations with Democrats, including Chicago Mayors Richard M. Daley and Harold Washington and former U.S. House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski.

A former chairman of the State Board of Education and the former head of the City Colleges of Chicago, Gidwitz has long been a forceful education advocate.


At 6/22/2005 10:18 AM, Blogger diehard said...

I dont know who dick wad or whatever his name is. But the fact that he is freinds with a few spineless Democrats does not make me like him.
Daly asking Durbin to apologize! srew you Richie! Grow a spine!

At 6/22/2005 10:43 AM, Blogger Dave said...

Just act like Dick didn't apologize and maybe it will go away.

At 6/22/2005 1:28 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin apologized for his comment.

Instead of debating Durbin's statement "Diehard," let's focuse on a few local issues you can get your good tooth on!

First, let's talk about how Mike Boland crossed the picket-line, quit his union (Illinois Education Assocaition/IEA) didn't pay a single union due for two years, but greedily accepted every hard fought gain won by labor?

Second, let's discuss how many taxpayer financed pensions Mike and Mary Boland have amassed so far? Trust me, the number is bigger than you think!

If you are really bored, you should review Boland's inability to get along with others?

Check back later boys, as I'll post other fun facts for you soon!

At 6/22/2005 2:08 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Hey Dave why doesen't Bush apologize to the families of these kids that have killied in Iraq. He lied and 1700 died!

At 6/22/2005 3:09 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Head Usher... OK OK OK!! We get it!!!!
Please, telling the Boland union story 5 times is ENOUGH.

Please try to find something else to say. We're begging you.

At 6/22/2005 3:27 PM, Blogger Dave said...

There are no children in our all volunteer professional army. If you continue to cling to the baseless lie that Bush is an evil liar and his sole purpose was to make money for Cheney and his pals at Haliburton then you need to log on to the Daily Kos and stay there.

At 6/22/2005 3:28 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

The way I see it, Durbin apologized to the mentally challenged like Dave who took his statements in the wrong context.

He was sorry that it got anyone's panties in a knot, but not for calling attention to the hideous tactics being sanctioned and directed from the top of our government.

What Dave and the rest of the know-nothing's are trying to do is ignore the truth.

It isn't DURBIN who is giving aid to the enemy and dishonoring America's reputation around the world. It's BUSH and his crew and the way they've mangled and mismanaged this invasion!
THAT is what is causing people to volunteer by the thousands to become suicide bombers and to want to flock to Iraq to kill American G.I.s! I mean, DUH!

It isn't a few ill-chosen words by some congressman who only expects this country to maintain the behavior for which it has always been looked up to for and not squander it by behaving exactly like dictatorial regimes around the world which Bush condemns!

And how can we expect other nations or groups to treat our soldiers humanely? Did the Dave's of the world ever think that far? Or are they just too damn shallow?
Forgive me, that's obvious.

At 6/22/2005 3:29 PM, Blogger Dave said...

....and furthermore,Diehard, what about your hero Durbin? Sticking to his guns or I can explain to you how he didn't really apologize, tears or no tears.

At 6/22/2005 3:43 PM, Blogger Dave said...

It was all politics Diehard you know it, I know it, the American people know it.
Durbin is apartisan hack.

At 6/22/2005 6:24 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dave, Dave, Dave,

You sad sad little man.

Doubt you will ever get it. Not worth my time to try and explain it to you either.

I will spend my energy on those who are worth my time and pity you Dave.

As for you Headusher - or Mike Jacobs. Yes, we are all pretty darn sick of your beating the drum. As they say in a debate, if you don't have anything new to add, shut up.

At 6/22/2005 8:14 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Don't get what?

At 6/23/2005 11:15 AM, Blogger diehard said...

And your not?! A partisan hack!

At 6/23/2005 11:20 AM, Blogger diehard said...

I think you need to start listening to Air America 1270 on the AM dial.
Excellence in brodcasting!!
The Diehard school of Liberal Studies and I'm not even addicted to painkillers!
And I don't say mean things about the President's wife or daughter like your drugge friend Rush did when Clinton was Pres.
Although I do enjoy a Bent River beer now and again.

At 6/23/2005 12:00 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Maybesomeday (Mike Boland),

I certainly understand why you don't want to talk about your anti-labor activity anymore, so let's chat about the the number of pensions you and your hack politcal wife, Mary Boland, have collected thus far.

If that's not something you two want to share with taxpayers, let's talk about your inability to get along with others!

Now I no the issues above are not as stimulating as Durbin apologizing for saying something stupid but they are certainly more relevant to our local area!

At 6/23/2005 3:05 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Without a doubt, I am as partisan as they come. Principle.

I listen to Air America now and again on XM, very entertaining. Very negative. Tough to listen to, lotsa name calling and wringing of hands. I read they don't really have much of an audience. I listen though, you know keep your friends close , and keep your enemies closer. It's just a saying so spare the "enemy" comments.

Rush is right, even on drugs. If a speeding drunk tells you it is unsafe to drink and drive, does his condition make the message any less true? Biggest audience in radio.

At 6/23/2005 4:19 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...


If you're all about principle it must kill you to see your party send the deficit to Mars after Clinton-Gore left a SURPLUS to Bush-Cheney? There is nothing "conservative" about a 5 trillion dollar debt, my friend.

If you are about principle, you would be hollaring like a coyote about that deficit. I'll give you a chance to hollar right now, and let me know, and I'll hear it.

My guess, though, is that it's politics and power -- not principle -- that drives your train. Do not criticize a fellow conservative, is likely your motto.

At 6/23/2005 5:06 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Tell me how the deficit is affecting your day to day life. It's not. Bush never say a spending bill he didn't sign. Prescription drug program bad.

At 6/23/2005 10:54 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

We agree, Dave, the Bush-Cheney deficits are horrendous. But let's not just blame Bush and Cheney, because Frist and DeLay and Hastert have a major influence on the spending bills in Congress.

Conservatives had a field day making fun of the late Tip O'Neill as speaker of the house. Now they should be turning their rabid fire on Hastert and DeLay.

As you know, the deficit drains our economy's ability to invest as we are paying foreign country's astronomical interest payments.
Thanks to Bush, we are paying France enormous interest payments while workers in Rock Island are getting screwed.

A deficit is the biggest tax of all.

Conservatives used to be against them, but not anymore.

What a sad state of affairs we live in.

At 6/24/2005 6:04 AM, Blogger Dave said...

What spending cuts have been proposed by any of the Dems? And how does that deficit affect your daily life?

At 6/24/2005 6:48 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

News flash - Dave doesn't get it again.

At 6/24/2005 8:49 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Before anyone gets too riled about Dave, just bear in mind that he's a willfully ignorant person. (I hope he's not just plain stupid.)

He often uses the tactic of playing dumb. (again, I hope he's playing)

Surely he can't be so ignorant and colossally selfish and small-minded as to actually believe that a multi-TRILLION dollar deficit is nothing to worry about simply because he thinks it doesn't affect his day to day life.
I mean, that would be moronic.

I guess to Dave, politicians can do anything they want, as long as it doesn't hit Dave over the head. As long as it doesn't make Dave have to think, it's cool with him.

Dave is apparently so short-sighted and selfish that he can't make his brain realize all the thousands of negative consequences from running such an enormous and growing deficit.

He doesn't give a damn that his (shudder) children and grandchildren, if he has any, are going to be incredibly impacted by this reckless squandering of national financial health. And in many ways, from the weakening of the economy, drastic cuts in services, and soaring tax burdens.

Dave knows instinctively that someone is going to pay for this. It's inevitable, it's obvious.
But Dave couldn't care less, as long as it's not him. Being greedy and irresponsible and handing billions to the already well-off is fine with him, as long as he's dead before the bill comes due.

That Dave, what a peach.

He's pretending that it doesn't matter that the rest of the world owns so much of our debt that they'll have us over an economic barrel in the near future. He doesn't care how much interest on that debt adds to every man, woman. and child's tax burden. He doesn't care that several top economists are actually talking about an economic collape as a direct result of the size of the deficit.

He doesn't care that an enormous proportion of that deficit is simply a transfer out of his pockets and the pockets of generations to come directly into the pockets of multi-millionaire Bush backer's pockets.

He's unconcerned and sits in ignorant bliss while the country is looted.

BILLIONS of dollars are unaccounted for in Iraq. Contractors, and this is an established fact, have been paid with pallets full of cash passed out from the back of a truck and loaded into duffle bags.

But to Dave, simpleton and willing dupe that he is, this doesn't ruffle his feathers. Why? Because he doesn't give a shit about anything that doesn't hit him over the head. He's a selfish, irresponsible, unpatriotic, supremely selfish and a very lazy citizen.

And it doesn't take a genius to figure out where our country will end up now that people that think like Dave are in charge.

It explains the gutting of nearly all environmental protections, opening public land for strip mining and clear-cut logging. Who the hell cares, the Dave's of the world say. It doesn't affect my day to day life.

Why do people end up like Dave? Because the lure of not having to think, of not having to do the hard work of informing themselves and worrying and trying to find solutions to problems has a very strong appeal.

The Republicans, the party of "don't worry, make money." The party of guilt-free greed and irresponsibility.

Dave likes that.

It's sad, pitiful, irresponsible, and truly immoral mindset.

At 6/24/2005 8:47 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dopester, I forgive you for my earlier post. You have truely redeemed yourself in this illustration.

I have a complete mental picture of Dave and am now reaching for the barf bag as I type.


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