April 9, 2006

And then there were 8: Verschoore in, then out of contention for congress

On the brink of formally putting his hat in the ring, Rep. Pat Verschoore has had a sudden change of heart and has announced he won't be among those struggling to become the Democratic candidate for 17th district congressman.

State Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, said Thursday he will not be seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Lane Evans.

Rep. Verschoore said he planned to officially announce he would be seeking the spot on Friday, but after discussions with his wife, decided against it. His name started circulating Wednesday as being a potential candidate.

"Last night I was. Today I'm not," Rep. Verschoore said. "My wife is not in total support and without her being in total support, there's no way I can do it."
Those still "alive" in the process include Rep. Mike Boland, Rock Island Mayor Mark Schwiebert, Evans' district manager Phil Hare, Dr. Hal Blaine, a former Republican candidate for the 17th district seat who endorsed Evans after losing the Republican primary, former mayor of Quincy Chuck Scholz, state Sen. John Sullivan of Rushville, and Rob Mellon, a teacher from Quincy.

What does Verchoore's rather dramatic change of heart indicate? Are the powers that be laying down the law and getting things in order?

20 Comments:

At 4/09/2006 7:52 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Verschoore realized he would not get an appointment this time.
He would of had to work the precinct committeman.
Since he has never been a very active Democrat he must have realized he could not do it!

 
At 4/09/2006 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes that is exactly what is happening. John G. is still the power and don't you forget it. Hare is the guy Evans, and John G. have spoken. So it is written. Good democrats fall in line with the party.

 
At 4/09/2006 11:13 AM, Anonymous insider said...

If the power that "be" are his wife, you are correct sir!

 
At 4/09/2006 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Verschoore was the guy. John G. wanted to back him. He decided he didn't want to do it. Now John will endores Hare. Evaryone should go with Hare and unite to beat Zinga.

 
At 4/09/2006 1:39 PM, Anonymous George said...

Not so fast on John being the master. Looks as tho some other chairman are speaking up. Will be interesting to see how much clout John has in this appointment.

 
At 4/09/2006 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Phil Hare should get the nod.

Sincerely,

Congressman Zinga.

 
At 4/09/2006 2:55 PM, Anonymous SympathyForLeDevil said...

Anon 12:42, John G wanted to back Verschoore? ...right. I also heard that he wanted rap phenomenon PDiddy to run for Boland's State Rep. seat. What are your sources for this claim, or is it just garbaged you only wanted to see.

 
At 4/09/2006 9:04 PM, Blogger youngdem503 said...

Anon. 14:06 A. You're not funny B. You're an idiot C. It would be Congresswomen

 
At 4/10/2006 6:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeh the appointed state rep wanted to be appointed to congress!
Sorry Pat! It doesn't work that way!

 
At 4/10/2006 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Verschoore isn't running because his wife was against it - PERIOD. I wouldn't read anything else into that.

 
At 4/10/2006 10:04 AM, Anonymous FX said...

Mike Boland will appoint someone to his rep seat. No one seems to want to talk about that and it bothers me. It is becoming the way to be elected to politics.

 
At 4/10/2006 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Boland wants to be appointed to congress then appoint someone to his representative seat.
Does it work that way?

 
At 4/10/2006 12:43 PM, Anonymous Barbie said...

The appointed congressional candidate will appoint another state rep. Is that what we want?

 
At 4/10/2006 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Porter McNeil going to run or not. He has been at the top of the published polls that have been done. He is the best candidate to date. He hasn't made any mistakes as of yet. He would be the best candidate to fill Evans seat. Please Mr. McNeil run. You can prove all of the people that tell me that you are afraid of getting beat. I think that you are the best. Don't let us independent voters down.

 
At 4/10/2006 1:12 PM, Anonymous Ryder said...

Pat's not even running so whats to talk about? But I agree on appointments to state rep. What about Boland's seat?

 
At 4/10/2006 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Boland gets the nod from the precinct committemen, then the Democratic party establishment, i.e. the four chairman of the 71st (Henry, Whiteside, Carroll and RI) along with a large helping of Madigan, will choose a candidate to place on the November ballot. No one will have or being given an incumbent status as the State Rep. That candidate will probably be offered some significant financial backing, and the Dems will continue to hold onto that seat as well. My only question is since Boland can't take his 140K with him into a federal election, does he leave it to the party or who gets it? does he give it to non profits? the party? the parties selected candidte? who?

 
At 4/12/2006 3:23 PM, Anonymous Barbie said...

Boland can run for a federal office and a state office at the same time. That's the plan!

 
At 4/12/2006 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbie is wrong. Mike Boland is running for the congressional primary appointment. If and only if he wins that will he vacate his state rep seat. That's a long way off and a lot of hurdles to go.

 
At 4/13/2006 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boland keeps the money and can give it to other local dems in the form of contributions. If he'd known all this he could have financed Rumler in the primary.

 
At 4/13/2006 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boland can run on both a federal and a state ballot simutaneously. Then if he wins the congressional general election and the state rep, he can appoint someone to state rep. That's how it will be done, if he can get on the congressional ballot.

 

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