January 28, 2006

Boland announces candidacy for 7th term

Whether Rep. Mike Boland would run again for for his seat, challenge Mike Jacobs for the senate seat Jacobs was appointed to, or shoot for running for state treasurer was the subject of intense speculation for a long time, especially in light of how it would affect the calculus of things should Boland leave his seat open for other, less calcified candidates.

There's been a lot of posturing, positioning, and speculation, and though that was largely squashed by the appearance of Speaker Mike Madigan on Aug. 3rd of last year, and his issuing of an edict commanding all parties to stay put, shut up, hold hands, and get re-elected, in Boland's case, and get elected, in Jacobs' case, the slim chance that Boland could still strike out on his own existed.

Some of the more perrenially hopeful may have continued to harbor some hope that Boland would cast fortune to the wind and go for it somewhere else, but any chance of that is now finally and officially over.
Saying he fights for the working men and women of the 71st District and wants to keep up the fight, State Rep. Mike Boland, D-East Moline, announced Friday he will seek a seventh term.
Mr. Boland, who is running unopposed in the March primary, will face Republican Steve Haring, of Savanna, in November's general election. He announced his re-election bid at the Silvis Public Library. The 71st District includes parts of Rock Island, Henry, Whiteside, and Carroll counties.

"It is an honor to represent local families in Springfield and work to make life better for my constituents," he said. "I am a strong believer in the idea that people who work hard every day to support their families deserve to have public officials who work hard on their behalf.

"I've tried to improve the lives of the people who live here and work hard every day."

Mr. Boland also made stops in Savanna and Albany to announce his re-election bid. Mr. Boland received 55 percent of the vote in the 2004 election to defeat Mr. Haring.

He considers energy, health insurance, and education funding as top issues for a seventh term. Mr. Boland has also lobbied Gov. Rod Blagojevich on opening the Thomson prison. The governor made a vague promise about the prison during a recent visit to the Quad-Cities

"Every time I see him, I hammer him on that," Mr. Boland said. "He has told me he is working on it.

"I've given the governor many proposals over the years," he said. "I think it should've been open and could've been opened."

Mr. Boland said he supports the governor's capital improvements plan, but would like to see money for Western Illinois University's Quad-Cities campus and for widening U.S. 30 between Morrison and Fulton included in the plan.

In the current legislative session he is sponsored legislation requiring the state to purchase flexible fuel vehicles, hybrid cars and bio-diesel compatible vehicles.

He also supports an increase for the Illinois Veterans Assistance Fund.

Mr. Boland told supporters he brought $39.6 million in education funding to the district last year. He would like to work on new school funding formulas that take the burden off of property taxes but noted that Gov. Blagojevich won't discuss the issue until after the November election.


At 1/28/2006 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The appearance of Speaker Mike Madigan on a commanding edict that Boland stay put, shut up, hold hands, and get re-elected, eliminated the slim chance that Boland could still strike out on his own. Mike has never been much of a funds raiser over the years. And for that he owes the Speaker to much for all the money that he has given him over the years. The good thing for the area is that Speaker Mike Madigan may actually reward Mikey Boland with something for the area.

At 1/28/2006 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel that this solidifies the team of Jacobs Vershoore and Boland for the upcoming General elections.

At 1/28/2006 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad no one gave Boland the memo that Obama would be hosting an event in conflict with his re-election event. Didn't anyone in the Party think to call Boland and give him a heads up??

At 1/28/2006 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boland was in attendance at the Obama event and spoke to him briefly. The timing was unfortunate that the two events coincided. It was probably unavoidable.

At 1/29/2006 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well if you call Boland showing up at the end ok....and in sync with the power in the party -- ok. But it seems like he was left off the list of those in the "know" if you know what I mean.

At 1/29/2006 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why doesnt Boland get to play with the other children. It is not fair. Every one is always picking on him. Even Obama has decided to make his event coincide with Mikeys just to spite him. What a bad Obama. If I were Boland I think I would go eat worms.

At 1/29/2006 10:59 PM, Blogger highxlr8r said...

I honestly doubt Rep. Boland was left off of any list. His event was most likely planned further in advance, and when Senators have an opportunity to come to an area, they usually have less flexibility than local pols would like. It is simply a risk that is taken.

I can't say I know any of this for certain, but it is a reasonable scenario.

At 1/30/2006 2:45 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

High, when you read childish drivel from this gang, you know they're from the usual gang of morons and can be safely ignored.

It's just about the 800th juvenile and weird attempts to smear their enemies.

It wasn't known if Obama would even be able to show up until hours before this event, so you are absolutely correct. This event was touch and go up until the last moment, as Obama didn't know if he'd be needed on the Senate floor.

The events just happened to be on the same day, and anyone who is foolish enough to even try to suggest it was done to spite Boland is a raving loon. Period.

At 1/30/2006 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, the above Anonymous said...

29/1/06 21:33

was to make light of the above commentors assertion that Boland was somehow slighted. 28/1/06 12:54 And to put me as one of the gang because I made a funny is unfair.

At 1/30/2006 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real question is why is Rep. Boland announcing reelection in the middle of the Democrat primary?

Blagojevich has yet to announce in the primary, nor has Jacobs. Given thse two leaders face tough contested primary races, don't you think they would announce before Boland?

At 1/30/2006 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real question is why is Rep. Boland announcing reelection in the middle of the Democrat primary?

Blagojevich has yet to announce in the primary, nor has Jacobs. Given these incumbents face serious contested primary races, one would think they would announce before Boland? What gives?

At 1/30/2006 11:06 AM, Anonymous monkeyboy said...

Don't think for a moment that Obama doesn't remember that Boland supported his (Obama's) Democrat primary opponent. Rewarding your friends and punishing your enemies is a long held tradition in American politics.

At 1/31/2006 9:39 AM, Blogger rope-a-dope said...

I certainly don't remember Boland supporting anyone in the US Senate race in the '04 Primary season, because he was busy crushing Dennis Ahern's challenge to his own seat.

Obama and Boland are actually old political allies, they both sponsored the "Bernardin Amendment"to make health care a human right back in 1998 and held joint news conferences together at that time. It's a matter of record so if you don't believe me you can look it up! :)

And for the record, Obama actually changed his office opening so it didn't conflict with Boland's 10 AM announcement in Silvis. Obama's office had originally planned for an 11 AM event but changed to an afternoon office opening to accommodate Boland's office!


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