"Headusher" post of the day
My choice to follow Lane Evans into the U.S. Congress is "young" Mike Jacobs.
Not only has Senator Jacobs attracted tons of favorable local and statewide press, he's also garnered positive reviews in the Illinois General Assembly. By edgeding out a sitting state representaive to win the open senate seat, Mike Jacobs proved he well understands the "inside" political game.In addition, it turns out that Jacobs is a prolific fundraiser. In fact, Jacobs has another fundraiser set for May 9. Sources close to the event predict Jacobs will take in another $25,000 on Monday. If my math is right, "young" Mike Jacobs has raised approximatley $135,000 in the past 56 days.
The Jacobs' Family has long been close to Congresman Evans and his loyal staff. In fact, when Lane first entered politics, Denny Jacobs was the first public offical to endorse him. Further, Mike and Denny have long been generous with their time and money. If the switch comes, look for Jacobs to retain Evan's long-time governmental and politcal staff. Furthermore, I can't help but notice that both men share similar political beliefs as strong advocates for choice, labor, vets, senior and the enviroment. In addtion, both men are Catholics.
Moroever, Jacobs is young enough to get the job done, and smart enough to know how to do it. Furthermore, Jacobs is well-liked and well-known throughout the 17th District. When all is said and done, labor, vets, county chairman and local Democrats will likely encourage "young" Mike Jacobs to follow Lane Evans into the United States Senate.
Although Senator Mike Jacobs has yet to defeat Mike Boland, at this point he looks like the strongest possible candidate to replace Lane when the time comes.If "young" Mike Jacobs goes to Congress, look for Rep. Patrick Vershoore to follow Jacobs into the Illinois Senate, opening a House seat in Rock Island. Who will fill that seat is anyone's guess?If "old" Mike Boland had played his cards right, Jacobs might have appointed him (Boland) to the Illinois Senate seat upon his departure. Of course, all this is rank speculation, but that's what makes blogging and this so much fun!
--Posted by theheadusher to The Inside Dope at 5/6/2005 10:14:30 PM