Evans resignation fallout
The stampede is on.
Word about Evans' resignation touched off an immediate flurry of speculation and the appearance of campaign-like messages promoting people for the position.
Reactions here has mentioned R.I. Mayor Mark Schweibert, and from the "more of the same" camp, long-time Evans aide Phil Hare seems to have a few fans.
Also put forward is the musical chairs notion that Sen. Mike Jacobs, fresh from ecking out a primary win, should somehow be appointed once again, this time as U.S. Representitive candidate, which would enable placing Porter McNeil in the position Jacobs holds today.
Jacobs manages to float himself in a Springfield Journal-Register piece on the situation.
A potential replacement is state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline. The freshman senator said he had not talked to Evans and his staff but had been approached by others about running.
"Like everyone in my district, I'm saddened by the news," Jacobs said at the state Capitol. "His brain works fine, but his mouth just couldn't give the words ... We are losing a great friend to our district."
Rich Miller of Capitol Fax floats both McNeil and Ted Brunsvold.
Comments there are interesting and in addition to the above names, float several others, including:
- Rep. Mike Boland
- Paul Mangieri, who just got beaten out for state treasurer
- Sen. John Sullivan, though there's considerable debate about whether he even lives in the district.
- Tom Carper, former Macomb mayor
- Chuck Scholz, mayor of Quincy
- Amy Stockwell, Macon County Auditor
- John Gianulis, R.I. County Dem Chairman
- Jeff Terronez, R.I. County States Attorney
Comments run nearly entirely positively on McNeil, marginal or negative on Jacobs, and mixed on the others.
Phil Hare also comes in for some particularly brutal pounding.
Commenter "Bomber91" notes:
In the end, this boils down to what the mighty Jacobs empire decides. If Denny wants the spot, he’ll get it. If he wants Mike to go to Congress, Mike will get the nod. I don’t buy for a second there would be a Danny Lipinski style carpetbagger moving in. Someone needs to ask Denny want he’s thinking. I’m sure Lane already has.
Any sense in all of this?
1. Who you think is going to get the appointment
2. Who you think should get it, and
3. Who you think would be the best candidate against Zinga.
Of course, your answers can all be the same, but if you're honest, they likely won't be.
And please, keep the campaign ads to a minimum.