June 18, 2005

R.I. County organization

Time is marching inexorably into the 21st century. Will the Rock Island County Democratic organization?

Question: If you had to guess, what would you say is the average age of Rock Island County Democratic officials and party workers? R.I. Dem gatherings are starting to look like the bingo room at Leisure Acres.

(I have no idea what the answer is, but wonder what you would guess. I'd say 54. Take away campaign staff, labor guys, and attorneys, 60, minimum.)

13 Comments:

At 6/18/2005 9:21 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Gianulis needs to step down and retire soon. He's the reason young people are being held back.

He fails to mentor anyone young yet prefers old gray hairs like himself - UNLESS of course you are loaded with lots of cash, then maybe (Mike Jacobs) you can actually get his attention.

 
At 6/19/2005 2:52 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Gianulis has done a stellar job for decades now, but he will be doing the R.I. Dems a disservice if he does not begin to address the lack of younger rank and file members, activists, and workers.

And yes, it seems that the only people in this circle candidates looking for money and the people that give it to them.

Much more focus needs to be put on simply getting people informed and involved, even if they can't cough up a large chunk of money every time they show up.

 
At 6/19/2005 6:06 AM, Blogger latinv said...

I could not comment on this thread until this AM. However, after reading Porter McNeils article on his father today, please accept my wishes to all for a safe and happy Father's Day. And to you Porter, within the political community, our thoughts and prayers for you today, and for your late father Don McNeil. Father, husband, dentist, and I am sure much more.

 
At 6/19/2005 10:56 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Okay "young guns," here is a chance to learn something.

First and foremost, when was the last time any of "you boys" (sorry Tony) put yourself forward for political consideration? If you are afraid to show your ambition, why then would they bow to you?

Chairman Gianulis has done an incredible job. Rather than criticize his leadership and guidance, why not join him and make the R.I. Democrat Party stronger? The "old guard" will not turn-over their beloved Democrat Party until and unless someone shows you are ready to move it forward.

From my perspective, the "old guard" is just waiting to hand over the reigns of power. The problem is that none, but Terronez, Ahern, Carton, Thodos, Jacobs, and O'Brien have shown initative! In the end, voters won't vote for you if they don't know you are running.

If you are really interested call Speaker Mike Madigan and set-up an appointment. Speaker Madigan is actively seeking a stable candidate to replace Mike Boland, as old Boland said he is running against young Senator Mike Jacobs.
Although I bet young Mike Jacobs kicks old Mike Boland's rear-end!

 
At 6/19/2005 10:07 PM, Blogger PorterMcNeil said...

Thank you very much, Latinv, for your thoughtful comments. This is not a day for politics, and I appreciate your kind words and wish you could have known my father.

Happy Fathers Day to all dads out there!

 
At 6/19/2005 11:55 PM, Blogger none said...

Hey HEADHUSHER (M.J.)
What initiative have you shown? Being given a job with the SOS, and then given the Senate job? That don't take no initative. That's just plain dumb luck. Then you don't have the tact to appreciate what you have been given; no you just fabricate and exaggerate every deed you have ever done in this world, for all to hear how great the headusher is. Get prepared to look for a real job soon.... in a contested primary, you lose.

 
At 6/20/2005 2:56 PM, Blogger diehard said...

This county is Democrat in spite of the lazy half assed leadership of John Ganulias. The appointments that he has made are all because someone else[Denny Jacobs told John to do it or he would challenge hom for his county chair post] Pat Verschoore and of course Mike J are Denny picks.
I wouldn't be suprized to see another Jacobs get appointed to an office. Lets see how many kids does Denny have?

 
At 6/20/2005 4:36 PM, Blogger youngdem503 said...

John Ganulias has served this county well, but you people are right he is on his way out. You do not necessarily need younger people incharge but someone who is willing to listen to the younger people. I would suggest Ganulias, or whoever takes over organize a group of college age people to advise the party on what it needs to do in order educate young people on the issues and eventual draw them to the polls. The growing number of young people who vote Re-puke-ican can be directly corrilated to the lack of information and those who call themselves Democrats do not even really think about voting. In order for this party to survive we have to tap into our younger voters.

 
At 6/20/2005 6:32 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Ginalus has had chances lately to prove he's more than an old fashioned political hack and he's blown it every time.

I agree youngdem that he should at least listen to the young people. He seems more in tune to what his old standby friends are doing and now they are starting to die out so he needs to buy a clue and realize it's time to mentor some folks and bring them up.

One big example of a sad move he made was putting a guy in for State Rep a couple years ago that is old - north of age 60 - and retired and rich. He failed to give a chance to one of the two young guys up for that 72nd State Rep appointment at the time even though they were both way more popular with his committeemen. Gianulais is not listening to the people who are the future of his Party.

Darrow and O'Brien are both young and hard working and yet Ginalus decides to give some guy the appointment who is already getting retirement and seemed confused about the job in the first place. How sad - what a missed opportunity that was for RI/Mercer Counties.

Maybe the appointee Vershore gets it now that he has been in a while - but again - he's not setting the world on fire for anyone.

 
At 6/20/2005 9:01 PM, Blogger LL Cool T said...

John Gianulis is called Mr. Chairman because he leads the statewide County Chairmans' Association, not just Rock Island County. There are in fact some young dems working actively with John to make better use of the internet and email and other technology to grow our party.

Anyone who doubts John's influence in this state should head down to Springfield on Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair in August and attend John's breakfast where every Democratic leader in Illinois will be in attendance and thanking John for his service to Democrats. John makes the phone calls that open doors and he commands statewide respect for Rock Island County. Nobody hates big-ass Republicans more than John and not even the Speaker plays the game better than Mr. Gianulis and I wish him many more years as our chairman.

There are many young dems out working for this party and we will need to recruit many more between now and 2008. Nothing is stopping young dems from getting involved, the door is open and you are welcome to join.

You want a change in leadership let's look at our 17th District State Central Committeeman Don Johnston. I know JVC Consulting is making some good money, but how many young dems are on his payroll or volunteering for our 17th District State Central Committee?

You want to get more young people involved, is anything stopping a young dem from challenging Lane Evans? All you have to do is start a committee, raise some money and get some signatures on a petition and get your name on the ballot. You don't need permission from anybody. Lane was a young dem once and nobody thought he could win. Maybe it is time to think more about the future of keeping our Congressional seat right here in Rock Island County instead of waking up next election and finding that a Democrat from Decatur or Springfield or Galesburg has taken our seat away.

 
At 6/20/2005 11:22 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

All of these comments have some merit, but instead of focusing on Chairman Gianulis why don't you all put a little bit more time into helping the local party.

Now, having said that, party leaders need to open the windows for some new talent to shine. Incumbents of more than ten years should call it quits so new blood can have a chance.

Otherwise, the party of incumbents forces those who don't have a chance to start kicking the door down. That's not healthy for the party.

 
At 6/20/2005 11:54 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Huff and puff until you blow the door down politicalwindbag!

Trust me, it's as easy as 1, 2, 3.

First, you call Speaker Mike Madigan for an apppointment. Inside inform Speaker Madigan that Boland is running against Senator Mike Jacobs, and that you want to replace Boland. Assure the Speaker that you know how to get along with others, as the Speaker is "sick and tired of defending what is a "safe Democrat seat" against constant Republican attack! In closing, ask the Speaker for his help!

Remeber Grasshopper, the start of a long journey begin with a single step!

 
At 6/22/2005 6:47 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

All of the above dissent by many of those posting is the reason that Ginals needs to go. I don't agree he has that much influence in Springfield. Yeah he can get himself a nice 80G a year job but not many others and only for his grandkids and relatives.

If Gianulas was doing his job correctly, there would not be such dissent and bad feelings in the party as there are today. Someone needs to keep the party unified and try and do the right thing once in a while - not the hack thing - not make our Party look weak.

There are many many people who can't understand the lies and cheating and bad treatment of many folks who are good soldiers for the Party.

Replace Lane? Are you crazy?? Lane is the guy who does not waiver and has the integrity to stand up and reward loyalty to those who work hard for us all. Gianulas just does whatever he wants to help his friends, sometimes Republicans.....in Dem clothing.

Fresh faces is what's needed and Ginalas's gonna go sooner or later and it needs to be sooner.

 

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