November 27, 2005

The Selling of the Governor

With his re-election campaign looming, Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration has built an unprecedented image-shaping machine, sending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer-funded promotional letters to constituent groups, urging agency directors out into the field and grading the media's coverage of events.

A key part of the Democratic governor's operation involves about two dozen state workers who compile weekly progress reports on how well they promote the administration and help shape news coverage.

Those workers represent Blagojevich's new Illinois Office of Communication and Information. It is largely composed of public information officers who once would have worked at individual state agencies. They are now combined into boiler-room style operations in Springfield and Chicago that give greater control to the administration in shaping its message.

Though the combining of agency spokesmen was billed as a cost-saving move, it also has raised questions about whether the administration's motives are focused more on political marketing than on distributing information to the public.


At 11/28/2005 7:53 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Eisendrath for Govenor!! Did I spell his name right?
I dont care. I recognize it enough to darken the circle next to his name.
Come on TID we need to help create some buzz for this maverick candidate.
He his working against machine politics, 15 million, and the slugs that have gotten state jobs!

At 11/28/2005 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first thing Blagojevich should consider is showing up on time to events where he is scheduled to appear. The guy is usually, and I'm not kidding, 45 minutes late when he shows up for an event in the Quad-Cities.

At 11/28/2005 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

45 min--try over an hour or more....

What a pompus a----


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