April 4, 2006

Jacobs stepping down from consideration for 17th District seat

A report was received tonight that Sen. Mike Jacobs has decided to take himself out of consideration for being chosen as Democratic candidate for the 17th Congressional District seat.

The report states that in the interest of party unity and bringing stability to an unstable situation, Jacobs will devote himself to running as the Democratic candidate for the 36th District senate seat for which he recently won election.

If confirmed, this would be a helpful move. Jacobs certainly would have been competitive in the process, and to put aside his ambitions for the sake of party unity is an admirable and rational position.

Jacobs decision also affects the musical chairs scenario mentioned by many in which Jacobs would be chosen to run for U.S. Rep and Porter McNeil would then replace Jacobs in the senate race.

23 Comments:

At 4/04/2006 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job, Mike. At a time of turmoil in our party, we need party unity. Thanks.

 
At 4/04/2006 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that this is exactly what the party needed at this time. He was the front runner with John G. in his corner he would have been hard to beat. Now all bets are off.

 
At 4/04/2006 11:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Jacobs made the right move, he does owe it to the voters who just elected him to that office.
It would have been very disrespectful to do otherwise.

I wish him well with his party unity efforts, because Dems are gonna need it!

 
At 4/04/2006 11:38 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

This is a smart move by Jacobs. Imagine a general election between Zinga and Jacobs.

Jacobs taking two giant steps at once could be a liability in that situation. (though Zinga certainly couldn't make lack of experience an issue, Zinga has zero herself.)

I think all involved, including I'd hope, Jacobs himself, will be much more comfortable with him running for the position he was elected to run for.

And this also serves to make what will prove to be a very messy process a little less so.

 
At 4/05/2006 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As one leaves, another steps in, rumor has it that Scott Terry, former East Moline political expert is planning on announcing his bid to win over the Democratic party for their support in the 17th Congressional District race by the end of this week. Coming through the grapevine, it has been said that he plans on no big media announcement; however he will be telling local new stations and newspapers through phone and e-mail. With him stepping in and knowing his prior experiences in financial funds, I really think he may stand a chance against other frontrunners, Schweeb and Phil Hare.

 
At 4/05/2006 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh?!

 
At 4/05/2006 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that if Verschoor runs and Hare and Schwiebert stay in the race it will be a big win for Boland.

 
At 4/05/2006 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Verschoore getting in will get the Darrow and O'Brien juices flowing.

 
At 4/05/2006 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have also heard that Scott Terry was running. Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't he the mayor of Osco, IL which is outside the district.

 
At 4/05/2006 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone else heard about this Scott Terry guy running for Congress? Was he really the mayor of Osco, IL at one time?

 
At 4/05/2006 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he hasn't moved to DC yet don't forget Paul Rumler for the Verschoore seat. He was a great candidate and the dispatch said if there wasn't such a fine candidate that they would have gone with Rumler. He is young dynamic and will do a great job in Verschoore's seat.

 
At 4/05/2006 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget it in the 72nd. The most likely arrangement is for Mark Schweibert to drop out of the race for Congress and take the 72nd House seat if Verschoore gets appointed to Lane's seat. Schwiebert would be an excellent state rep in Springfield.

 
At 4/06/2006 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schwiebert doesn't want the Rep seat. Rumler is a great candidate for this office and I feel very qualified.

 
At 4/06/2006 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Rumler worked for Boland before and Boland worked for him in his senate race, maybe Boland can give him a job if gets to be the congreesman.

 
At 4/06/2006 8:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the dems go with Verschoore he will still stay on the ballot for rep too (just like Boland plans to do) and then Verschoore can appoint someone to his state rep seat and I don't think it would be Rumler in a hudnred years. Maybe Darrow or O'Brien.

 
At 4/06/2006 9:30 AM, Anonymous jojo said...

What would this Scott Terry bring to the table? What's his story?

 
At 4/06/2006 10:09 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Jojo... why don't you and/or whoever stop beating around the bush and leaving multiple comments trying to inject this Scott Terry dude, whoever the heck he is, into this?

You keep asking if he was mayor of Osco as if you don't know. Stop playing games and tell us who this guy is. Otherwise I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say, no one cares.

 
At 4/06/2006 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never heard of Scott Terry and thought it was a legitimate question to ask, seeing that one or many of the anonymous posters had brought his name up here. I am not ANONYMOUS. I post my nickname! I thought I asked an inquiring question...

 
At 4/06/2006 4:01 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

If that was a legit question, the my answer is "I have no earthly idea". Your guess is as good as mine as to who this guy is.
And if no one has a clue as to who he is, it's a safe bet he's a nobody and someone's idea of fun was putting his name up here and wasting everyone's time.

 
At 4/06/2006 4:02 PM, Anonymous jojo said...

I was so upset I forgot to put in my name - sorry dope.

I do not know this Scott person is.

Have never heard of him.

 
At 4/06/2006 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumler doesn't live over there but I don't think that must matter anymore.

 
At 4/07/2006 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, from what I know Scott Terry was the former mayor of Osco, IL. I searched the internet for any additional info on him, all I could find was a myspace webpage which features pictures, profile and other worthless junk; however who knows if this is him as I have never seen him before.

 
At 4/07/2006 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumler has time to move to Boland's district.

 

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