April 5, 2006

As Jacobs takes himself out of the running, more come in.

The Dispatch/Argus has further details about the selection process to pick who will take Evans' place on the ballot. As reported here last night, Jacobs is indeed out of the running.
"I've ruled out a run for Congress in 2006," Sen. Jacobs said Tuesday. "I feel I have an obligation to the people of the 36th District who nominated me."
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Sen. Jacobs said he won't publicly support a candidate during the nomination process, one he thinks could be hard fought and full of in-fighting.

"I look forward to doing what I can to move the process along," he said. "Hopefully we can come up with a consensus candidate.

"I would remind people that Rock Island County is 20 percent of the electorate," he said. "We don't want to fracture the party so the candidate comes from outside Rock Island County.

The nominating process dissuaded Sen. Jacobs.

"If it had been an open process, I would've been the first one in," Sen. Jacobs said.
The piece mentions a candidate forum organized by Don Johnston and Mary Boland which is scheduled to be held at 10:00 a.m. April 15th (tax day) at Moline Township Hall.

Candidates expected to attend are Boland, Hare, and Schwiebert, and in addition, former Republican congressional candidate Hal Baine of Taylor Ridge, Macon County Auditor Amy Stockwell, former Quincy Mayor Chuck Scholz, state Sen. John Sullivan, of Rushville, and a teacher from Quincy, Rob Mellon.

Also said to be putting themselves forward as candidates are a shaggy medium sized brown dog of indeterminate breed with 3 white paws, two gerbils, a toad, and a ficus plant with deep pockets.

34 Comments:

At 4/05/2006 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is going to be one large mess.

 
At 4/05/2006 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Porter McNeil and Pat Verschoore would be running also.

 
At 4/05/2006 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Illinoize-
If Jacobs tried for it and didn't get it, he'd still be on the ballot for State Senator.
The reason he withdrew is that the entire Jacobs' financial empire is based on holding elective office and the Jacobs' know that the general election for Congress is not going to be a picnic.
After his father resigning in mid-term and having his son appointed, how rich that Jacobs is quoted as having said "If it had been an open process, I would've been the first one in".
Hard to tell if Mike and Denny are laughing or crying.

 
At 4/05/2006 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great way to show the democratic party as well oiled, efficent and cooperative team.

I'm sure this won't turn in to one big fighting mess or even get dragged into the courts.

The clear and common messasge that is sure to come from this process will only fill moderate swing voters with confidence in the party and their chosen candidate.

The time that Zinga gets to campaign against "generic democrat" can't possibly help her either.

Above all time needs to be taken here, there needs to be many public arguments, and make sure that a confusing technical processes is involved.

 
At 4/05/2006 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schwiebert, Scholz, and Sullivan will all be unacceptable to labor. As much as I like John Sullivan, he can't win in the district. If labor stays home on election day, Democrats lose this seat. The only viable candidates are Phil Hare and Mike Boland and Boland is nothing more than a grandstanding opportunist. Hare is actually the only viable choice and he's making inroads throughout the district.

 
At 4/05/2006 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Senator DENNY Jacobs had to slow down because he keeled over, almost dying, in Springfield. Rep. Verschoore was there and came to his aid. Denny was hospitalized for days due to a problem with his heart. Sen. Jacobs had talked about retiring but this forced him into it.

 
At 4/05/2006 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If these guys want to run then they need to contact Don Johnston.
If Mcneil and Verschoore want to show up at the candidate form on the 15th!

 
At 4/05/2006 4:22 PM, Anonymous fx said...

The Jacobs family has a financial empire? WOW!

 
At 4/05/2006 4:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact is that legislative posts are appointed, due to death or retirement, until the next election. They don't hold special elections for district, do they?

 
At 4/05/2006 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do the math boys. If Hare and Boland are both in the race there are not enough QC votes to win. If Scholz/Sullivan sweep the rest of district it would be a blowout. This race is going to be decided outside of Rocky. John G lost his power on this one.

 
At 4/05/2006 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Jacobs family has always done whats right by the democrat party in this county. To say otherwise is your opinion butyou will never sway me in my own opinion.

 
At 4/05/2006 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the Easter Bunny since it is the day before!

 
At 4/05/2006 6:24 PM, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Anon 1518,

In the General of '06 a yellow dog beats Zinga. If that yellow dog is from the peasant counties, the payback in '08 could be hell, in the PRIMARY, but for '06 you "viability" argument doesn't wash. All whoever gets the nom. has to do is manage not to honk off Rahm Immanuel--all there is to it.

"Grandstanding Opportunist" is the freaking JOB DESCRIPTION for a congressional candidate. It sounds like you're a Hare Guy and I have no bad words to say about Phil. Still, your slam on Boland is actually an acknowledgement of his skills package for this job.

Finally, Pardon a little Adams County inside baseball but Scholz just worked hand in glove with the IAM in a local primary. The myth of Chuck Scholz having any kind of labor problem is just that, a myth.

I have no dog in this fight except against the guy from Pike County who, by implication, slammed Lane when he announced. He can go bleep himself. Yeah, Lane served "special interests": working families and screwed veterans. I'm both and I don't see the problem.

Thanks to ID for the opportunity to comment on this. If anyone's interested,I wrote about he backlash for the peasant counties' uprising a couple of days ago. I'm linked here or you can just click on the blue stuff.

Tony Cameron
Upper Mississippi River Basin Blog
(UMRBlog)

 
At 4/05/2006 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jacobs fell ill in the middle of March 2004.
If Jacobs had retired before sometime in September 2004, his senate seat would have gone on the November 2004 ballot.Gianulis and Getz would have named the candidates.Jacobs did not have to give up his seat until the new senator was sworn in. But if he did give it up, Gianulis would have made the appointment for the few months until the elected senator was sworn in. Probably it would have been the same person as the candidate.
State Board of Elections records show that Mike Jacobs filed his campaign committee papers on December 3, 2004.
It's logical to assume that the Jacobs' thought of this angle but either Gianulis wouldn't cooperate or they feared the election because many Democrats may have voted Republican.

 
At 4/05/2006 9:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The open primary that Jacobs obviously was refering to was that if Lane had gone down before the election he would have run in the primary. This was the point. This appointment process was never to be a primary and Jacobs is trying to give stability to the District. You people will always see what you want to see.

 
At 4/05/2006 10:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone should have pushed for the jacobs mcneil congress senate team. is it to late to get the party to get these candidates on the ballott. this would have been a great team and now mcneil will have to wait. i think that he is the best young candidate out there.

 
At 4/06/2006 4:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If it had been an open process, I would've been the first one in," Sen. Jacobs said.

That one brought tears to my eyes....from laughing hysterically!
Oh Mikey, stop it!

 
At 4/06/2006 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Boland would be wise to distance himself from this mess!

 
At 4/06/2006 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of these other clowns who want to be congressman Evans successor should follow Jacobs lead and do whats right for the democrat party.

 
At 4/06/2006 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Polls showed Sen. Jacobs leading the race of 17th Distrct before he pulled out. That is no laughing matter!

 
At 4/06/2006 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 15th is an awful date as it's Easter weekend.

 
At 4/06/2006 3:47 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Is that all Jacobs does... pay for polls?

Call me cynical, but if polls showed him in the lead, I somehow doubt he'd take himself out of the running.

 
At 4/06/2006 3:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long does it take to conduct a poll? These people who say this stuff are idiots. He was ahead in the QCONLINE poll at one time. Is that what this person means? Or in your poll?

 
At 4/06/2006 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they mean a scientific poll where experts write and conduct the poll. I got a call and it asked about several candidates and whom I prefered. They never said who the poll was paid by for and it was not at all obvious who it was for. Did anyone else get one of these calls.

 
At 4/06/2006 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live by Mike Jacobs and there is always a gang of kids at his house. I knew he wouldn't go to congress with all of those kids there. You should see him with them. If he would ever give a glimps into his personal life alot of people would be amazed at the way he takes in the whole neighborhood.

 
At 4/06/2006 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Denny Jacobs has a great heart and feet - he could fill Lane's Shoes!

 
At 4/07/2006 6:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone else here receive a phone call doing a poll? I never have, especially for Jacobs. As Dope said, if the poll showed he was ahead, I doubt very much he'd drop out.

BTW, what sample size did the pollsters use? AND the people sitting at the bar that Mike bought a round for, doesn't count!

 
At 4/07/2006 9:09 AM, Anonymous fx said...

Beydler can't stop talking about Mike Jacobs!
He must be smitten!

 
At 4/07/2006 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A pollis done scientifically by experts who make expert questions so they are not biased. The the poll in a random non random mannor. I recieved one of these calls. It wasn't obvious who paid for it but I recieved one. Asked whom did I prefer. I feel that Jacobs got out because he felt he owed the people of the 36th whom just elected him and he owed hisself the efforts to bring a major university to the area. He also wants to add stability to the general election this Spring. If Jacobs got the congress nod we would have him running for Congress, Verschoore running for Senate, and a new candidate running for the house seat. Caos. He is a young man and has a young son. Time is with him. He is doing the right thing for the democratic future.

 
At 4/07/2006 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Boland running the poll folks. He has hired an attorney to make sure everything is being done nice and legal for his appointment to the ballot.

 
At 4/08/2006 2:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call from a polling firm and it was very professional. They identified themselves as a public opinion firm from DC. They asked me a lot of questions about the congressional race and specifically about Sen. Mike Jacobs.

I later heard from a close friend that Mike Jacobs did very well in the poll and ran up "big margines in the rural portions of the 17th Congressional District." I also heard Mike did very well in direct head to head match-ups with other potential candidates.

I understand everyone was on board the race, and then Jacobs little boy called the whole thing off saying, "Dad, I want you to stay home." And as they say in la-la-land --- that was that!

 
At 4/08/2006 2:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank for that report Mike.

Sounds like a Jacobs ad produced by Disney with a bunch of "I heard..."s and "I understand...."s thrown in just to make it seem extra cheesey.

Happy Joes should put a "Jacobs Special" pizza on the menu. One big pie, so extra cheesy you almost gag.

 
At 4/08/2006 10:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or you could call it "WINNER'S SPECIAL." I am sure you wouldn't want any of that. You preffer the "LOSER SPECIAL!" Enjoy!

 
At 4/08/2006 12:46 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I don't being forced to swallow that much cheese. Thanks anyway.

 

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