March 19, 2006

Who is James M. Beals?

A Republican named James M. Beals has announced his candidacy for 36th District State Senator and will challenge the winner of Wednesday's Dem primary. Since the conventional wisdom is that Jacobs will prevail in that contest, if that comes to pass, Beals will then be the one facing Jacobs in the general election.

But who is Beals? I could find no campaign website, and a search on his name turns up a James M. Beal who was sentenced to jail in Michigan for throwing the unique mixture of porcupine feces and worms on his former co-workers.

Something tells me that this isn't the guy in question. It would be quite a trick to parlay that into a state senate campaign.

It's reported that Beals has worked for Deere, General Electric, and the Arsenal, went to UTHS in East Moline and attended West Point Military Accademy. Apparently the only political position he's ever held is Republican precinct committeeman.

What's the skinny on this guy?

14 Comments:

At 3/19/2006 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I don't know first hand, I can only tell you what my fellow Republican officials tell me in the county. They tell me he's a bit odd, very secretive (maybe the military background), very cocky and not experiened enough to run for such a high-level office. I'll meet him at one of our GOP precinct meetings soon, though, and report back.

 
At 3/19/2006 7:13 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thanks for the info/opinion, but you really don't need to go to the length of pretending to be a Republican. It's phoney as hell and kind of wrecks an othewise OK comment.

 
At 3/19/2006 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the first anonymous post is right on target!

 
At 3/19/2006 8:33 PM, Blogger youngdem503 said...

Beals ran against Dick Potter in the 4th ward of Moline in the past election as a write-in candidate. I know when he was asked what he did for a living he said he was a secret agent for the government.

 
At 3/19/2006 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard from several Democrats that U.S. Rep. Lane Evans gave him a scholarship to the West Point Naval Academy and that his parents are all Democrats.
Go figure. Maybe he's one of these young ditto heads, that forgot who helped pave his way in life?

 
At 3/19/2006 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it Beals? I know he had his jaw wired shut for a while here recently. Hasn't made much noise (literally and figuratively).

 
At 3/20/2006 6:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 19:11 is right on the money. This is one of the weirdest guys I've ever met. He also claims that his dogs are married. Many people think he made up the story about going to West Point.

 
At 3/20/2006 7:28 AM, Anonymous Ned Schneebly said...

youngdem

I have met James Beals. Don't know if I would really call it a pleasure, it was definitely interesting. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he was claiming to be a secret agent. My personal opinion is that he is one strangest people I've ever met. The one thing I do know is that no matter who wins the Dem primary I will not be voting for James Beal.

 
At 3/20/2006 7:47 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

West Point was not made up.
He graduated in 1993 though he's designated his entry on this page as available to be viewed by West Point grads only.

 
At 3/20/2006 8:12 AM, Anonymous Dave said...

From what I have heard about him from Deere co-workers, he probably is the guy who threw worms and crap at his co-workers...

 
At 3/20/2006 8:19 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I think it really doesn't do it justice to slide by with just calling it crap.

It's PORCUPINE crap, for God's sake. There's the beauty part.

To omit that detail is almost a sin.

 
At 3/20/2006 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I remember, he was the guy who was too stupid to file his paperwork correctly to even get on the ballot for Moline Alderman so that's why he did a write in campaign which the Dispatch bent over backwards to accomdate for the guy -- go figure? Wonder if he had any better luck with this filing?

He also said his job was to "highly classified" to be discussed when a reporter questioned him about it.

Sounds like a nut ball to me.

 
At 3/20/2006 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Beals took a free government scholarship from Congressman Lane Evans and then turned around wrote a nasty letter to the editor about Lane and endorsed his politcal opponent Andre Zinga.

How is that for gratitude?

 
At 3/20/2006 2:16 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Well based on the above comments, it sounds like Beals really is the porcupine crap guy to me!!

 

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