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?