April 30, 2006

Paul Rumler Discussion

From Paul Rumler's campaign website:

Paul Rumler was born and raised in Moline, IL. Paul learned the value of hard work, determination, and perseverance from his parents, David and Lynne Rumler, who have worked in the manufacturing sector and teaching field, respectively, for over 30 years.

After graduating from Moline High School, Paul attended Black Hawk College where he earned his Associates Degree and received Distinguished Academic All-American honors. Paul also attended Boston University and graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Political Science from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

Public service has always been at the center of Paul’s professional life. After graduating from college in 2001, he began working for Massachusetts State Senator Dianne Wilkerson as her Legislative Aide. Paul soon became Senator Wilkerson’s Legislative Director and was responsible for managing the Senator’s legislation, which included drafting legislation and developing budget priorities, as well as serving as the community liaison for much of the Senator’s district. Through this opportunity, Paul was able to work directly with residents in order to help facilitate constituent service requests through the legislative process and by working with state and local agencies.

After moving back to Moline in September 2003, Paul relocated to Washington, DC in order to work for the U.S. Congress. While working for Congressman Bart Gordon of Tennessee, Paul focused on researching our Country’s growing methamphetamine problem and helped draft legislation to help federal, state and local agencies address the growing problem. Following his time with Congressman Gordon, Paul was accepted to American University Law School. Instead of pursuing his law degree, Paul accepted the opportunity to work for Congressman Steny Hoyer, who as the Democratic Whip is the second highest ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Working in Congressman Hoyer’s leadership office gave Paul exposure to the Whip’s role in helping House Democrats determine their legislative agenda and political strategy, as well as building support for the Party's positions and delivering the Democratic message both in Washington and nationally.

All this time, Paul has kept a finger on the pulse of events occurring in the Quad City area. At the age of 26, Paul has returned home to dedicate himself to serving his fellow Illinois residents. He currently resides in Rock Island.

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At 11/11/2005 8:41 PM, Blogger CountyDemo said...

It's kinda odd that only specific date on Rumbler's entire resume is the date when he claims he moved back to Illinois and established residency! Someone eneterprising reporter really ought to look into this mater and determine where Rumbler has been living for the last two years. As for Rumbler's resume, I suspect it's over stated! I for one would love to know what he really did!

For instance I read about the

At 11/12/2005 11:06 AM, Blogger CountyDemo said...

Does anyone know if this guy has a job? If he doesn't how in the world is he paying for a lease in Rock Island? Please advise!

At 11/13/2005 8:42 AM, Blogger Slack-jawed Yokel said...

I advise you to get a life and stop obsessing over the unimportant.

Concentrate on running your own race and drop trying to start some whisper campaign against Rumler.

The voters just might respond to someone who's entire M.O. isn't dirty tricks and dirty politics and attacking their opponent at every turn.

At 11/13/2005 11:39 AM, Blogger voterguide said...

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At 11/13/2005 9:34 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Until you can provide some proof that Rumler filed false anything, such comments will be deleted.

At 11/14/2005 12:03 AM, Blogger voterguide said...

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At 11/17/2005 8:26 AM, Blogger hud50 said...

Met Rumler the other day. Very nice young man.

At 11/21/2005 7:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voter guide needs to spend more time on his hero's race and less time talking about Rumler. Besides Rumler is not going to win. How can he? He's likely put in there as a placeholder behind the scenes anyway. Democrat he is not. Nice guy maybe - don't know him well enough but I know for sure he's no Democrat!

At 11/22/2005 10:42 PM, Blogger Local Dem said...

"Don't know him well enough" to state whether or not he's a nice guy, yet you "know for sure" he's a republican??? Doesn't really make sense. Let me take a stab at this: Rumler confides in you (although he doesn't know you). He lets you in on his master plan of establishing faith in the Democratic community by working for 3 Democratic legislators, only so he can run in the democratic primary for a State Senate seat. I assume that after his election he'll rip off his shirt and tie to reveal a superman style outfit, only instead of an "S" there will be an "R" on his chest. Come on!

I'm guessing that Mike will have you continue to post this garbage in an attempt to establish a whisper campaign. In fact, that tactic itself seems a little, I don't know, what's the term I'm searching for? Oh yeah, Republican.

In fact, I'll go out on a limb and predict that we'll see a lot of this "Rumler's not a democrat" banter in the coming days, until you realize that it's not working, at which time you'll regroup and try to figure out another way to discredit the refreshing new candidate. It's hard to believe that Mike is so scared of Rumler that he is resorting to these tactics. Oh well, I guess he's just trying to protect the job that his dad worked so hard to gift to him.

Let's let the democratic process run its course.

At 11/24/2005 10:17 AM, Blogger voterguide said...

What is that your candiate belives in? What does he want to do? Who, if anyone, supports his candidacy?

At this point nobody knows who this guy is, or what he stands for!

So please local dem --- do us all a favor and tell us what this self-important candiate has to say!

Well go one local dem. Tell us!

At 11/24/2005 11:10 AM, Anonymous the truth said...

What is it that Mike Jacobs believes in? What does he want to do besides save us from giant carp by handing some business nearly a million tax payer dollars? Who, if anyone besides machine hacks, supports his candidacy?

At this point nobody knows who this guy is, other than someone with a tin ear for politics who sticks his foot in his mouth, or what he stands for besides greasing the palms of a handful of well-off donors!

So please voterguide --- do us all a favor and tell us what this self-important candiate has to say!

Well go on voterguide. Tell us!

(about 8 typos and illiterate mistakes corrected for readability)

At 11/24/2005 2:16 PM, Blogger CountyDemo said...

I am shocked to hear that Paul Rumler is opposed to Senator Jacobs novel idea on how to better manage the dangerous Asian carp. I for one think this is a great private/public partnership solution to a growing enviromental problem in Illinois and beyond. Not only Sen. Jacobs novel idea will keep Asian Carp at a maintainable level, but it will also provide needed jobs for commercial fisherman in our area. Anyone interested in this story should access cbs2chicago.com/local/local_story_325072809 to see what the Chicago media thinks of Sentor Mike Jacobs plan!

Now to your direct question. Over the past 186 days, Illinois Sentor Mike Jacobs earned the single highest Farm Bureau rating in the State of Illinois. In addition, Jacobs ammassed a 98% pro-labor record. If that's not enough, last week Sen. Mike Jacobs directed $50,000 in grants to Western University, Black Hawk College and Technology Now. And as I saw on tv last night, were Sen. Jacobs directed a sizeable check to the Boys & Girls Club.

Rep. Pat Verschoore and Sen. Mike Jacobs recently won $212,231 for the local arts. Moreover, Verschoore and Jacobs successfully steered important legislation through the Illinois General Assembly to allow the once halted Casino Rock Island project to move forward. Given this project is the single largest one-time economic development project in Northwestern Illinois history, I think it highly important.

Over the next two years, the $110 million econmic development project will create hundereds of new contrution jobs and thousands of roll-over jobs. Once the massive project is completed, 467 new jobs will result.

Sen. Jacobs and Mayor Thodos are also working hand-in-hand to announce even more jobs in the very near future. Further, Sen. Jacobs just won $1.5 million for local community projects in our area. And let's not forget Senator Jacobs role in providing affordable, comprehensive health care to children in Illinois. And why were at it, let's talk about Sentor Jacobs role on keeping Doctors in Illinois. And don't forget that Sen. Jacobs was Chief Co-sponor of the the Workman's Compensation Bill that has been praised by business and labor alike.

And let's not forget the leadership Sen. Mike Jacobs, Deere & Company, and Renew Moline have provided to bring a public university to the area. While we are at it we could talk about Sen. Mike Jacobs' role in keeping the West Rock River Bridge funding moving forward. As well Jacobs' "Purple Heart Bill" and all the other bills he passed and had singed by the Governor into law, but at this point I think you have the idea.

Okay Paul, now it's your turn. Please tell us anything that you have accomplished for the residents of the 36th District? And cutting your mother's lawn doesn't count! Nor does the fact that you found time to actually vote two times in your life!

Well go on...

At 11/28/2005 9:11 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Last time I checked the record - Mike Jacobs never has any novel ideas -- he gets spoon fed by others who control him with money.....

At 11/28/2005 1:41 PM, Anonymous Nightmare on Your Street said...

What a huge blob of double-speak mush that "explanation" of what Jacobs has supposedly done is.

You urge us to not forget Jacobs' role in about 14 things. Only one problem, you NEGLECT TO SAY WHAT HIS ROLE WAS!!

His role in bringing heath care to kids? What the hell did he do for that? Agree to support it? Wow! I'm impressed.

I'm sure all the other things you list are similarly things which Jacobs did little or nothing that could actually be considered work on.

At 11/28/2005 2:44 PM, Blogger Local Dem said...

Maybesomeday, I agree.

It's really disheartening to click on the link that the Dope has provided that takes you to campaign contributors. If you haven't done it yet, I encourage you to do so (it's along the right side, under each candidates name). It's really an eye-opener. So many gambling related funds, so much big business money. Casino this, and Gaming that, Harrah's, Racetrack's, no wonder it seems like every time you read in the paper Mike is making money for some big shots. And let's not forget the huge lump sum that he "inherited" from his dad's money. We don't need another George W. Bush in office, at any level.

And Mike, in response to your question about what is Rumler all about, check out his website. He has more idea's on there than you've come out with, ever. I especially like his idea about keeping local college grads in the area. Too often these valuable graduates are heading out of town following their schooling. Jobs at the Casino and the Carp farm aren't probably on the radar of these college grads. I'd love to see some desirable white-collar jobs moving into the area.

At 11/28/2005 7:05 PM, Blogger youngdem503 said...

I agree that Rumler’s ideas sound good, but so does winning the lottery and ending world hunger. Mr. Rumler says a lot of stuff but has nothing to back it up, what is he going to do to keep college grads in the area. To quote Pedro "Vote for me and your wildest dreams will come true" sounds good but how effective will a Springfield outsider be for our area?

At 11/28/2005 9:37 PM, Blogger Local Dem said...

Youngdem, you must be a young dem to be quoting Napolean Dynamite. Maybe the candidate with the best mustache will win.

You're right about the ideas, they are sound, and you are right to be curious about how they are going to happen. Obviously Rumler can't list all sorts of details on his website. I hope we'll hear more details from him in the future.

Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself, but I'm just happy to have a candidate that is apparently very bright, and seems to have some good ideas. They don't just hand out Summa Cum Laude's. I also did some googling and found that he also won an award from the Wall Street Journal. Had to do with being an outstanding scholar in economics. Anyway, I guess my point is that I'd rather have an ambitious candidate with some intelligence, over someone who inherited the job, and by most accounts appears to be the black sheep of the family who has a tendency to say the wrong thing at the wrong time.

The front page of Rumler's website says that he'll be at many community events in the coming months, I hope to catch up with him sometime and get some more details.

At 11/29/2005 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not seen Mr. Rumler at one event since his announcement and never heard of him or any member of his family doing anything close to what the Jacobs family has done for the local Democratic party. And lets get real here folks, Rumler has no chance, I mean no chance of beating Mike Jacobs. Unless Mike Jacobs is accused of kidnapping Trudy Appleby, or was in the car with Ms. Kolb; he will win not lose. Also, something a lot of people forget, or don't know: Mike Jacobs did more work on the creation of legislation for the Mark of the QC's and Riverboat Gambling, then any other person in this state, except for his own father. At last count the Mark is celebrating over a decade of remarkable success, and over a Billion, yes Billion with a B, in tax revenue has come into the state from Riverboat Gaming. Lets get real people. You can bad mouth me for supporting Mike, that is fine, and you can bad mouth others who post in favor of Mike, but the truth is Rumler does not stand a chance, nor does he deserve a chance. No one else spent as much time as Mike Jacobs did learning the ropes to be the next Senator-for Goodness sakes, he beat out a 10 year incumbent of the Illinois House for this vacany. That in itself is enough. Boland, if you did not have the brains to win the appointment (or the track record), and you don't have the guts to run against Mike, then don't run no rabbit against him. All your doing his hurting the kid. Please Democrats get real. We heard this 10 years ago from Juan Rodriguez, a bright kid coming home to do good, gets beat in the primary, then leaves town again. Deja vu all over again for those with a memory.

And please, I do not have a state job, I never received a dime from Oral,Charlie, Denny or Mike, and I am not related to the Jacobs...

At 11/30/2005 7:37 AM, Blogger Local Dem said...

Mike worked to bring The Mark to the Quad Cities? I can't find any information to support that claim. If you have a link, please post it.

And as far as what Jacobs family has done for the area; well, the Jacobs' family isn't on the ballot. It's just Mike, and I think he's going to have a lot of trouble with this race. The party is fed up with the nepotism in politics today. We've seen it on a national level with "W", and we don't need it any longer in the QC. If our government is supposed to be "of the people, by the people, for the people", how does it make sense that the "people" keep coming from the same family? How is that an accurate representation of the quad city area?

Mike beat out a 10 year incumbent??? When? Did I miss something? Come on, his dad gave him the job, plain and simple.

I love how you stumpers have tried to use the "anonymous" posts to make it appear that you are somehow not related to the Jacobs' camp.

I think Rumler certainly has a chance. Especially if Mike keeps speaking...about anything. He just can't seem to put out a quote without sounding terrible.

I've talked to a lot of people about this election, and nearly all of them agree that it's time for Mike to go.

At 11/30/2005 11:58 AM, Blogger Youngvoter said...

I met Mr. Rumler while volunteering at the Martin Luther King center and have since seen him a few different times out in the community. He seemed like a pretty nice guy. I am not sure why all you Jacobs supporters seem to be taking shot after shot at Rumler for simply running against "your guy". Since when does working for your dad equal earning the job. If Mike is as good as you all say he is then he should have no problem beating Rumler, but it seems like that might not be the case.

At 11/30/2005 12:24 PM, Anonymous close observer in Moline said...

Will we ever hear anything from the Jacobs camp or Jacobs himself about fundamental differences between himself and Rumler?

If handing out grants to businesses is Jacobs idea of leadership, then it's pretty lacking.

Every single thing in the long list of supposed "accomplishments" posted by a supporter essentially amounts to Jacobs showing up.

He wants to take credit for every tiny thing that happens, even if he had little or nothing to do with it. That appears desperate to me and is very telling that, if he's in such a frenzy to grasp every little straw and resort to claiming credit for things he didn't have to work for, then he really doesn't have much to crow about.

I don't expect miracles from Jacobs, and wasn't too disappointed when he was appointed to office. But he's really turned me off in a big way since, and the actions of his supporters here and elsewhere have sealed the deal.

I sincerely don't think we're exactly blessed with Jacobs representing us, such as he does, and can't imagine it would be any worse with someone of Rumler's background serving the district.

Jacobs might find it more difficult than he imagines to ride into office again simply because he's a Jacobs. It insults all our intelligences when he tries to con us into thinking he's really come up with any policy ideas or proposals of any importance on his own.

At 11/30/2005 12:29 PM, Anonymous close observer in Moline said...

I'd like to say as well that the attacks on Rumler don't reflect well on Jacobs either. They're part of the reason I've stopped thinking Jacobs is inevitable.

If they're willing to attack this newcomer for residency, and then trying to suggest he's Republican because of some shoe-string relationship with Jacobs' wife, and all the other silly and baseless stuff, then what does that say about Jacobs?

He's certainly not about leadership or ideas. Just the same old, stale, counter-productive negative attacks and playing games to stay in office.

We deserve better than more of the same.

At 11/30/2005 4:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous poster said:
"And lets get real here folks, Rumler has no chance, I mean no chance of beating Mike Jacobs. Unless Mike Jacobs is accused of kidnapping Trudy Appleby, or was in the car with Ms. Kolb"

"Lets get real people. You can bad mouth me for supporting Mike, that is fine, and you can bad mouth others who post in favor of Mike, but the truth is Rumler does not stand a chance, nor does he deserve a chance."

Sound like the people in the Jacobs campaign are deathly afraid of Rumler or else they would not stoop to entering blogs saying that his new opponent has no chance. If Rumler has no chance then why take the time to post idiotic blogs bolstering about it?

I have brought up this race to people I have met and just about everyone of them say the same thing about Jacobs - "Is he the one that got the state job from his dad?". Then I say, "well what good has he done for you as a quad city resident?" They usually have a blank look on their face and say "nothing that i know of." Sort of like GW Bush, what has he done for america?

At 12/07/2005 6:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Paul Rumler at a basketball game this weekend. Seems like a really nice young man. Sharp too, thought well on his feet.

At 12/09/2005 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where Paul Rumler stands on the proposed pork processing plant in East Moline?

At 12/09/2005 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where Paul Rumler stands on anything?

At 12/13/2005 9:59 AM, Blogger Demanddos said...

I ran into Paul Rumlers mother getting petitions at a basketball game. She seems like a nice woman, she seems to be doing most of the leg work for him. I asked Pauls position on the pork plant and she stated that he was 100% for the jobs. I know she doesn't speak for him, but It's a pretty close source.

At 12/13/2005 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ran into a guy from Barstow tonight, who told me that Rumler came to his door and told him that he (Rumler) "was totally against the pork plant." Now I hear that Rumler's mom said "Paul is 100% in favor of the pork plant."

Which is it going to be?

You can't be for and aginst the plant!

At 12/14/2005 11:57 AM, Blogger Local Dem said...

Anon, you ran into "a guy from Barstow", wow, that sounds pretty reliable. I would bet dollars to donuts that Rumler hasn't been going door to door in Barstow. Why would he? He's going to have those votes no matter what. I also heavily doubt that Rumler's mother is doing any speaking on the issues. But alas, that was a nice attempt at smearing. Mike needs to enroll you guys in Karl Rove rhetoric training. The parallels between Mikey and "W" are beginning to get a little spooky.

At 12/14/2005 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I signed Rumler's petition over the weekend and had a chance to talk to him for a little while. He seems to be well prepared and really working hard on this race. It is good to see someone who is passionate about their beliefs. He gave me a nice walk card outlining his intentions for the Senate seat. Does anyone know where I could find anything stating what Mr. Jacobs intentions are? I would like to compare what each one of them are wanting to accomplish. However, I am having trouble finding anything about our current senator.

Can anyone help me out on this?

At 12/15/2005 9:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try the newspaper!

If you can't afford a newspaper, you can always turn on your television and watch Senator Mike Jacobs on the local news.

Another way to learn about Senator Mike Jacobs' good work is to google him. It's amazing how much positive press this dynamic young leader has generated in such a short time.

Good luck on your adventure!

At 12/15/2005 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darn!! I had tried all of those options before and could not find anything good, I was hoping there was something else. The news and the paper have really been tearing into Mr Jacobs lately. I was hoping he had a website or something. I hear it is the "new thing" these days, apparently Mr. Jacobs has not caught onto that fad just yet. I noticed Mr Rumler had a website already though. Surprising how this non-resident, unemployed, and inexperienced candidate is leap years ahead of his opponent??

PS: I would not define having an article comparing yourself to Rosa Parks as "positive press this dynamic young leader has generated in such a short time." Maybe I am wrong????

At 12/15/2005 10:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are wrong!

At 12/16/2005 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Rumler- you cant stand in a corner of a crowded room and hope the voters seek you out. you have to interact and engage them. being anyone but mike jacobs is good for most of the votes on this blog, but the 36th is a very large district, and a very large job. Mike, you worked the room well, as usual, I will give you credit for that at Don Johnstons party.

At 12/16/2005 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Were you even at the party? Mike arrived almost 2 hours late, and Rumler had already talked to most everyone in the room. When Mike finally arrived, where did he set up shop? You guessed it, belly up at the bar, just like he did at Gianulus's party last week.

You Jacobs posters have no shame in making stuff up.

At 12/16/2005 5:04 PM, Blogger Local Dem said...

The passing parade had a thread about Rumler's statement concerning the Hog Lot. It's listed on his website also, here is the statement:


I think this kid has got the right idea. After reading his statement, it seems like he understands the importance of having more jobs in the area, yet he asks East Moline to proceed with caution, and make sure that Triumph will be responsible if any smell/pollution problems develop. He goes as far as recommending that East Moline leaders visit the Missouri Hog lot before voting on the issue. I think this makes total sense. After all, what is the big rush? Makes you wonder if Triumph is trying to make this deal official before their other new Hog Lot opens and the truth (and the smell) come out. I believe the Missouri plant is scheduled to open in January, why doesn't East Moline postpone the voting until the end of next month. That will give them a chance to really know what they are getting themselves (and the whole QC area) into.

I was very impressed by Rumler's comments. This could help him gain a lot of steam.

Meanwhile, Mike had another ridiculous comment about sticking his foot up somebody's a**.

I'm ready for a change of leadership. I want somebody that represents us in a respectable manner. Mike's quotes are too often bull-headed and embarrassing, while Rumler (if this statement is any indication) seems to have a great deal of tact.

At 12/16/2005 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Making stuff up? Hey, I am giving the kid some constructive criticism. Don't be so thin skinned. My wife and I and my in-laws had to ask who this young candidate was, once he was pointed out, we noticed he didnt seem to active. Heck, all the judge candidates and Mike Jacobs hit the audience. We sat less then 20 feet away from him, and he never made it over. Hey, Paul, get serious about this election, or get off the ballot. And yes I was there, I did not see Mike "belly" up to the bar as you say, he may have, but I didnt see it, so why you bustin his chops for having a drink at a Christmas Party. Kind of a double standard on this blog. Say something negative about Mike Jacobs, and thats fine, but ask or observe something about Mr. Rumler, and your either a Jacobs supporter, or making it up. Good grief Charlie Brown.

At 12/17/2005 2:05 AM, Blogger Local Dem said...

Did you really attend the party? Did you see Mike? Was he, or was he not nearly 2 hours late? I was there, I'm not sure what you saw. I was also at Gianulis's party, and I saw Rumler meet, and shake hands with nearly everyone there. Thems the facts. If you want to meet the new candidate, just introduce yourself. He seems to be very personable.

At 12/20/2005 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He may seem "personable," but he doesn't appear to be very bright.

Just four days ago, Rumbler issued a statement on the pig plant. The thrust of his long drawn out statement was Rumler's desire to delay the vote. Hopefully what Rumler learned is that public officals have a duty to act. Vacilating is not an answer!

Now that the pig plant is not delayed, is Rumler for or against the pork plant?

At 12/20/2005 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike, you spelled vacillating wrong. You used it incorrectly too.

If you had read Rumler's statement you'd understand that he calls for safeguards to protect the community from Pollution, Odor, and Property Value decreases.

Contrary to your statement it appears that Rumler is awfully bright; he graduated Summa Cum Laude, and won a Wall Street Journal award for achievement in Economics.

I still don't understand how delaying the vote by one month would have been a big deal to anyone other than Triuph (and only if they have something to hide).

At 12/20/2005 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You misspelled Triumph (Tirph)! SO much for the award!

At 12/20/2005 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You caught my typo. I was in a bit of a hurry. However, in the irony of all ironies you misspelled my misspelling of Triumph. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. Just classic.

To quote Doc Holliday: "I know, let's have a spelling bee?"

I'm not Paul, although I did speak with him briefly at a ballgame several weeks ago. I was impressed with his experience (after viewing his website) and was pleased to see that he's pretty engaging in person(If I were you, I'd avoid him in any type of debate setting). I was impressed that he remembered my name when I saw him on the way out of the gym after the game.

At 12/23/2005 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad to see that Paul has agreed with Senator Jacobs and supports a Pig Plant in East Moline. These two nice men have come to agree on the opening of the Thompson Prison. It is great to see these men come out and work so positavely about these and other issues. As Senator Mike Jacobs has had a 98% voting record with the Unions, my understanding is that Paul is for Unions also. It is great to see them working so well together. I for one applaud them for this great stances!!

At 12/29/2005 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am an avid high school basketball fan and go to many local games. It is nice to see that the persistent pandering for signatures at these games by this young man and his mother has ended. The season of collecting signatures must be over because I have never seen this young man at a game before this or since. I feel that this practice of going to the games for this purpose puts people in an uncomfortable position.

At 12/29/2005 4:49 PM, Anonymous Wolfman Jack said...

Boy, that is quite an indictment of Rumler. That he actually went to venues where there would be a lot of people to try to gather the large amount of signatures required to run for office, and now he doesn't show up for the games anymore! Oh my, my, my!!

You mean to say that he wasn't just there because he was a rabid basketball fan? Say it ain't so!!!

And of course, from your criticism, I assume that Sen. Jacobs attends each and every game, otherwise, he'd be just as worthy of your scorn.

Jacobs has no need to stand around at games, as he has party workers and precinct committee persons collect most of his signatures. It's not a big ordeal and requires little to no effort on his part.

By the way, I do realize that getting hit up for signatures can be annoying, but it's one of the often high hurdles errected by those in power designed to make sure that not many people are able to even get the chance to participate in elections.

Hat's off to Rumler for mounting, pursuing, and accomplishing this often daunting task with no major organized help from the local party, as is used by Jacobs and others.

At 1/04/2006 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems as though Paul is getting up tons of signs. I think he is doing great job with that. He is making a splash in this campaign.

At 1/06/2006 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon from above: FYI

There has not been any high school basketball games in the area since December 17th, that is probably why you have not seen him. At least you know what you are talking about.

At 1/11/2006 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now is an interesting time in society. There is a huge increase in the presence of the younger generations in every aspect of the business world. A lot of the time these younger employees are coming in at starting wages that might have taken senior employees years to achieve. The bottom line is that the majority of companies are seeing the need to revitalize the work force. This philosophy needs to carry over to the political arena. I am quite impressed with the work experience Mr. Rumler has been able to achieve in such a short amount of time. I believe this young man has the drive and determination to do great things.

At 1/11/2006 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read this post and was wondering what work experience are you talking about. I thought he was living and volunteering out east for another district the last 3 years. I know he is for the proposed pig slaughtering facility. I also know Paul is for Western Illinois. He might be a little late on that one though. Please let me know what you know. Thanks in advance.

At 1/12/2006 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The information is from his website:


He wasn't volunteering; he was employed by 3 different legislators, including Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Whip.

He addresses many other things on the website as well, including his plan for the Hog Plant, and Western Illinois. I don't think you can say that he was "late" in his support for WIU, the first time I heard anything about him was when his announcement was on the news. Incidentally, the announcement was held with the proposed WIU site in the background, so it's safe to say he's been on this issue for a while.

You should take a look at his website if you're interested in his ideas. He seems like a bright kid.

At 1/12/2006 7:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to anonymous posted 11/1/06 22:24. May I suggest that you visit www.paulrumler.com, it contains all the info in regards to your questions. It also contains an official statement Mr. Rumler put out in regards to the "pig slaughtering facility."

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

I went to the site and didn't see if he approved of the 2.4 million dollars that Sen. Mike Jacobs, Reps Pat Vershoore, and Boland recived for this progect, was ok with him. I do think it is great that he agrees with Sen. Mike Jacobs on the Pig Plant.

At 1/13/2006 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, your spelling gives you away, and your repetitve phrase "Sen. Mike Jacobs, Reps Pat Vershoore, and Boland" seals the deal. Mike, please stop posting.

If you actually read Rumler's statement on the Hog Plant, you'd see the differences between his standpoint and "Sen. Jacobs". Rumler mentions safeguards several times throughout, while Mike wants to proceed with reckless abandon.

At 1/13/2006 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul, you can't be a little bit pregnant. You either are or you arn't. And you my friend are.

At 1/13/2006 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul, Why are you against Lane Evans and the people of the 36th. Why did you turn your back on the people you now want to represent.

At 1/14/2006 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone clear something up for me-why are the Jacobs against the fact that Rumler went out East to work? Has anyone let the thought cross their mind that this area is falling apart, and that could be the reason he had to go else where to find a good paying job? Usually people think about experience in a positive way. So I must ask-why would the Jacobs hate the experience? I am impressed that he worked with the minority whip. What did Mike do to get his job-oh yeah, his daddy gave it to him. Mike what would have done without daddy handing you the job?

At 1/15/2006 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First Rumler insults Congressman Lane Evans. Now Rummler claims our community is falling apart? If Rumler can't get along with Lane Evans and hates our area so much, why doesn't he move back home to Washington DC? It's not like he has a good job or something! Go East young man!

At 1/15/2006 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Wasn't the article in the Dispatch enough to make you stop posting on the blogs?

Home to DC? What? He graduated from Moline High School, played golf at Blackhawk, and went away to school. I guess we should fault him for taking a job with the Democratic Whip. His experience must really frighten you. You have nothing to worry about Mike, Rumler only worked for 3 different legislators, you have the incredible resume that includes as it's only political experience: working as "former downstate liason".

At 1/16/2006 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Paul was only paiging for these three Reps because it was better for him than working for the people that he now wants to represent?? Strange logic.

At 1/16/2006 2:04 PM, Anonymous Blue Ribbon said...

No, THAT comment is "strange logic"

You expect people to fall for that phoney smear attempt??

Come on now Jacobs. You can invent all the ridiculous slams that your weird imagination dreams up, but you really ought to realize that people are smarter than you give them credit for.

No person in their right mind would fault Rumler for working for whatever legislator he had the opportunity to work for.

I'm not even a Rumler supporter, but your attacks are just nauseating.

And as has been noted, it's doubly stupid when your resume is as piss-poor as it is.

Lot of room to talk there, big guy.

We were better off when you were tucked away in your little patronage job where you couldn't screw anything up too bad.

Hasn't anyone who cares for you told you to just shut up yet?

Hell, I supported you when you were appointed, but now you disgust me.

At 1/16/2006 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the person who claimed that this community is falling apart because I have personally experienced it. I have a college degree and I had a very difficult time finding a good paying job. Also, this area has developed this way under you and your fathers represenation...so I really don't want to hear any of your shit. Jacobs you are insane and an insult to our community.

At 1/16/2006 5:17 PM, Anonymous whoisyourdaddy said...

Ya, I was going to vote for the Rumler, until I noticed that he diidn't live in the District. Pleaese Paul, you can do a lot better than that!

And I thought you were supposed to be smart?

At 1/16/2006 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


this is your mama...and rumler lives in Rock Island. Which is in the district...next?

At 1/17/2006 6:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't seen were Rumler supposedly insulted Congressman Lane Evans. To be honest what has Evans done lately. I can tell you one thing he didn't do. He did absolutely nothing to fight to save the Arsenal jobs getting relocated to Michigan and Ohio.

At 1/17/2006 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumler lives in RI, I can get you an address if you would like. However, I think Jacobs already knows it!!!

At 1/17/2006 11:55 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon above,
You're right. Glad someone finally called these commenters on their vicious lies.

Rumler has never insulted Evans or said anything disparaging about him here, yet the usual gang of Jacobs supporters have been trying a campaign to A. Say that a particular commenter is Rumler, based on what, who knows?
B. Then saying that he'd insulted Evans

It gets even goofier from there, but that's it basically.

Bottom line: Rumler has never said anything here, as far as anyone knows.

BUT... you're also wrong to state that Evans did nothing to save the Arsenal jobs.

What are you basing that suggestion on? The fact that some were lost?

That's a kind of goofy blanket statement based on that. Do you know that he did "nothing" to try to save them?

Are you aware that there's been a recommendation for years that the entire arsenal be closed down and that it was actually lucky that jobs were only reduced, not eliminated entirely?

To try to say that Evans "did nothing" is simply dishonest and frankly, unbelievable.

At 1/17/2006 4:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the quote from someone from mercer county who said that Rumler wasn't hired by Evans because Evans was a donothing. I'm not sure where you can find the quote, and I'm not sure he was even turned down for a job by Evans. Hope this can help.

At 1/17/2006 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I saw that Rumler is having a fundraiser this weekend - i found the information at Passing Parade - are you going?

At 1/17/2006 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am well aware that the Arsenal was on the list of bases to completely shut down. What took them off this complete shut down list you ask? Why it was the breifing to the pentagon by head RIA management about the current work on the howitzers that is being done at JMTC. Rock Island is the only base operating this production line. So with that the speaker of the house told the BRAC commision to take RIA off the complete shut down list. As for the "minimal" 1,500 jobs that are being relocated the main players in trying to save those were once again head RIA management with great support from the QC group, in particular Jimmy Morgan. The logic for the transfer of these jobs was based on incorrect information provided by Detroit Arsenal. Local officials did everything possilbe to spread the word but only so much can be done locally. When it came time to breif the BRAC commision in St. Louis about the facts it wasn't Evans standing up and presenting the case. Actually I believe he might have only spoke for a couple of minutes. So I apoligize if I say "what has Evans done for us lately." I don't get the feeling that he fought hard enough to keep these jobs here which has had a great impact on a number of peoples lives. It's not just the employees who get affected, but their friends and family are affected too.

At 1/18/2006 4:21 PM, Anonymous newhere said...

Boy is this site wacky! I read a lot of the comments and I can tell you that not much here is rooted in politcal reality!

On candidate is attacking Congressman Lane Evans. The host seems to be envious of Senator Jacobs, or perhaps he part of Jacobs' opponents campaign team. The only person that has made a bit of sense here is this Headusher person. He seems to understand politcs far better than anyone else here.

My friend told me to check out this site. I have to say I was not at all impressed! If you want more people to come here, you are going to have to broaden your horizones!

At 1/19/2006 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lane Evans has been a friend of the 17th district throughout his carreer and has always fought hard to help the Military and the Union's to staet otherwise is out of line.

At 1/19/2006 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you for your very insightful comments, they made a lot of sense especially about the part about Headusher knowing politics. When your dad is a state senator for 19 years, you should pick up something. Too bad headusher picked up how to lie and smear (although not very well).

At 1/19/2006 10:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There haven't been any candidates insulting Lane Evans. It is a smear attempt on behalf of Sen. Mike Jacobs. He will stop at nothing. He continues to spread lies on the internet, and produce ignorant quotes in the press.

At 1/22/2006 1:53 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

The Jacobites continue to try this simply stupid smear attempt. It is ridiculous to anyone with an ounce of sense and pretty sad.

Adding to the sick nature is the fact that they've tried to push this ridiculous line in over a dosen comments.

Their entire reasoning, if you can believe it, is ...

A. These Jacobs jerks tryed to smear Rumler for working as staff for some congressman other than Evans, trying to suggest that it meant he "doesn't care" about the district in several increasingly shrill comments.

B. Someone then responded, posted as "Mercerman" saying that Rumler had applied for a staff position for Lane, but had been turned down. Is this true? Who knows?

This same person also said, completely aside from the Rumler topic, that he was disgruntled with Evans because he (Mercerman) lost his job at Case/IH and blamed Evans. (rightly or wrongly.)

At that point, these absolute moron Jacobs supporters saw an opportunity to come up with an even more twisted sttack.

In their attempt to twist things beyond recognition in order to manufacture a smear, they suggested that..

A. Somehow no one but Rumler would know if he'd been turned down by Evans.

B. Thus this commenter (Mercerman) MUST be Rumler. (!)

C. Thus Rumler is attacking Evans something fierce. This then got progressively shrill until they were saying that Rumler just HATES Evans, and in fact, he hates the entire district that he's seeking to represent.

The above is the thought process of a very sick and twisted mind, is on a 3rd grade intellectual level, and is utterly stupid and unfortunate.

The issue is closed. And you Jacobs commenters (or judging from the intellectual level displayed, your young kids) will have to dream up some other similarly bizarre notion.

At 1/25/2006 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I talked to Mr. Rumler at his pancake breakfast. I quizzed him on his feelings about a few local issues. He seems like a pretty sharp kid.

We need to find a way to get young people involved in the Democratic Party in the QC or we'll be in trouble for future elections. A lot of young folks that I talk to seem to be "right-leaning".

I can't say for certain that Rumler is the answer, but, I can say that he had a lot of young people wearing campaign shirts and working for him at the breakfast. My daughter thinks I'm crazy for having an interest in local politics, but a lot of Rumler's people were just a few years older than her. Maybe she would be more apt to follow such issues if she could relate to the people in office.

In my opinion, the younger generation could be energized by seeing one of their own elected to office. It's much more exciting than the monarchy that is currently in place.

At 1/27/2006 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree the next generation is the key and Paul has invigorated them with his upbeat message of hope for the young. The internet is the future and Paul's Site is fantastic.

At 1/29/2006 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Paul would make a great for Obama in his new office. It would be a great opportunity for both Paul and Obama.

At 1/30/2006 3:00 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Very funny. You should go on the road with your act.

At 1/30/2006 8:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I notice that there are no listings on the Rumler campaign $$$.
Are you not keeping these up to date or has he not exceeded $3,000 the amount at which one needs to report.

At 1/30/2006 12:06 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You must sit up nights trying to figure out ways to smear your opponent, or I should say, try to smear them.

First of all, I have nothing to do with what is listed in the link to the Illinois State Board of Elections site for candidates and incumbents, as you well know.

As to why there's no report for Rumler which reports contributions, I'd suggest that the deadline for one may not have arrived yet. I'm not sure.

I am however, sure that you know exactly when these reports are due and suggest you wait until then.

At 2/07/2006 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was surprised to see Rumler here recently. He stopped by my house, apparently he was out going door to door. He seems like a very engaging young man.

The first time a QC politician has been to these parts (Savanna) in a long time. I don't know how many voters we have up here, but he won my vote.

At 2/07/2006 11:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with John Beydler that Rumler is a bad canidate. It is to bad that we didn't get a more mature canidate to run against the Jacobs machine.

At 2/08/2006 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike, you're miss-spelling things again. You're also miss-stating things. Why don't you ask John Beydler who he will vote for? I'll bet you anything it won't be "Mature" Mike "Rosa Parks" Jacobs.

At 2/08/2006 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel that when the Dispatch /Argus endorses Jacobs it will only be because he sells newspapers. Mr. Rumler would be a nice quiet voice for us in Springfield!

At 2/12/2006 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't let the paper run you Paul. You are doing a great job with all of the beating the streets and the internet info. I think that the young vote will be yours also. Great campaign so far. The finish line is out there for you to see.

At 2/20/2006 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Rumler is running a great race. Keeping above mud throwing and working the younger crowd and the growing internet crowd. My only concern is his judgement with these bilboard type yard signs that He and Mowen are using. They are to big and a danger for young children with cars my wife says. All in all A good clean campaign though. My Wife is voting for the other guy because of these signs But I am voting for the Paul Rumler because of the meeting I had with him at a local eatery.

At 2/20/2006 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

There has not been any high school basketball games in the area since December 17th, that is probably why you have not seen him. At least you know what you are talking about.

I have been waiting for over a month to write this post. I still have not seen Mr. Rumler since this post was entered. I don't care if he is not a local sports fan. But to say that he wasn't going because there are no games is silly. Local ball games shouldn't be "used" to collect these silly signatures.

At 2/21/2006 7:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw him at a game earlier this month. He's probably not at as many of them now because I'm sure he's busy with the campaign.

You should try at least talking to him before you jump to conclusions.

I would like to note, that I've been a resident of the Illinois Quad Cities for over 20 years, and have never seen any local politicians at sporting events. Not Lane Evans, not Denny Jacobs, not Mike Boland, not Mike Jacobs. So before you impugn Rumler for being "less visible", you should realize that all other local politicians have been "invisible".

At 2/21/2006 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am here to tell you that the Jacobs Denny and Mike have been at numerous basketball and football games over the years in East Moline. More football than basketball as I recall. They supported Rock Island when Denny’s grandsons and Mikes Nephews were at Rock Island. They traveled around the state to see this great Rocky team finish second in the State playoffs in the late 90’s. So to say that you haven’t seen them there is a mistake. What you might say is that you have not seen them getting signatures or politicizing the events, to that I would agree.

At 2/22/2006 12:36 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Now gathering signatures at an athletic event is "politicizing" the entire thing?

Unbelievable. Is there no limit to how petty people can get here?

First this, then the size of campaign signs?

I mean, it's not even serious.

At 2/22/2006 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People saying they have never seen any local politicians at sporting events. Not Lane Evans, not Denny Jacobs, not Mike Boland, not Mike Jacobs?

I can't believe it either. Very petty people.

First this, then two signs in a yard?

I mean, it's not even serious

At 3/03/2006 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My understanding is that Jacobs will run comercials showing Rumlers yard signs are non union and ask the question if Rumler is anti-union. It will be interesting to see how Rumler will handle this. Should make for interesting politics. Maybe Rumler will come out for right to work.

At 3/03/2006 7:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if that is the only thing jacobs has to say abour rumler...it is very apparent that jacobs is scared. why doesn't he talk about what he has done since he was appointed? oh thats right he hasn't done anything. a bunch of false statements or statements with nothing following.

the voters will see right through Jacobs. i want to challenge jacobs to talking about what he has and what he will do for this district...not try to be a big bad ass. i am so tired of the usual politics the jacobs play.

the election will be very interesting.

At 3/04/2006 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see how this commercial will play with the unions and how that will effect the election.

At 3/06/2006 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing that Rumler has gained so much support. I think that Jacobs negative tactics have backfired and exposed Mike as what he is, an overgrown high-schooler who never grew up.

At 3/06/2006 11:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel that Rumler is doing such a great job in his campaign that he should keep doing what is working. His web site is enough to vote for him for. He is doing great with the Internet people. Great job Paul.

At 3/09/2006 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This campaign has me wondering which way to vote. On one hand do I vote for the Jacobs legacy or some one who has not for the most part lived or worked here for a number of years. It does not seem to be a good option which way you go. I do not believe that is the best thing for the area to continue the legacy. But then again neither is someone who has not lived here for some time the answer. I will be voting for Jacobs this time. But!!!! I will be watching his performance over the next term. If it does not meet the standard I set there will be a different vote next time. I would have voted the for another local canidate if one was available. I just can not vote for someone who has been gone from the area for such a long time.

At 3/10/2006 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on Anon, that's a typical Jacobs post. Pretend to be a neutral voter (of which there aren't any that post here), and get a shot in on Rumler.

What more can he do. He was born and raised in the QC, fifth generation according to his website. He went to Moline and Blackhawk, then went away to school. How can you fault someone for working in DC for Steny Hoyer, the Whip? While Mike was busy getting hand me down jobs from Daddy, Paul was earning his way in congress. I'm not sure how Jacobs thinks this is a negative.

At 3/11/2006 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon reply,

To think that I am just a typical Jacobs backer you are wrong. If you read what I wrote you can see that I am not fond of legacy type goverment. You will also see that the one thing that keeps me from voting for Mr Rumler is the fact that he has not been here for some time. It upsets me when politicians move for the sake of getting elected. I understand that Mr Rumler moved away for educational reasons and then was able to find employment elsewhere. He chose that not me. To " Move back to the area" just in time for residency reasons is not right.
Rest assured I am impressed with your Mr Rumler. I just am a life long Quad Citian and will vote that way. And as I stated in my previous post I will be watching the actions of Mr Jacobs for the next term. If he does not meet my standards I will vote against him next time.

Thank You

At 3/11/2006 8:51 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thank you for being calm and rational in expressing your views. I however disagree. (surprise)

While i can appreciate your concern with Rumler not having lived here for a few years, you make it sound as though he was born here and then took off while he was still in diapers and then just wisked back into town in the nick of time to fulfill his residency requirements to run for office.

I think you're not quite seeing the picture clearly here.

Rumler was born and raised here, from what I can gather. That's a long, long time. That means he went through our entire schools system and graduated from Moline High.

I don't know about you, but speaking for myself, it sure the hell felt like a long time that I was in school before graduating. A lot happens in those 13 years. You grow up and are almost fully developed.

You are what you are by that time, and Rumler was here the entire time. He is a Moliner, he is from the area just as much as anyone else.

I frankly can't understand... well, actually I do, it's only a campaign to try to make this a bigger issue than it is... but it makes no sense to me the way you try to warp this issue.

Here's reality: Rumler spend 13 years in our schools system, does well in school, goes to college outside the area like most college bound kids do, *INCLUDING Jacobs* Rumler does exceptionally well at college and has the rare chance to pursue his interest in policy and governing by working at the top levels of congress, he takes that opportunity and gains inportant and priceless practical experience working for top legislators and getting hands-on experience, then returns to the area to run for office and serve the area where he grew up and calls home.

That's reality. That's fact.

Jacobs went to school out of state, twice apparently, in Iowa and Florida at the home of the fighting Argonauts... WFU.

Jacobs too, spent most of his time in Springfield learning the ropes with Denny.

The only difference is that Mike has state experience, and Rumler went to D.C.

You can argue about which is best, but don't try to argue that Rumler is somehow this stranger parachuting in to run for office.

Distorting it to appear as though he's never lived here and is some sort of carpet bagger is really dishonest and reveals that there's precious little the Jacobs side has going for them if this is one of their strategies, along with lying phone campaigns and other negative tactics.

Seriously though. How can you think Rumler's time at college and gaining practical knowledge in the congress of the United States of America is a NEGATIVE???

Can you see how that seems just ... well... dishonest and goofy to me?

At 3/11/2006 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I can't. He did grow up here. But as an adult he spent all but the last five months here. All of his adult knowledge comes from out of town. He doesn't have a grasp of the issues or the problems that face this community. For you not to see this is ...well...dishonest ....and goofy to me.

You would back a piece of tree bark against Mr. Jacobs. Your personal issues with him cloud your judgement.

At 3/11/2006 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I do not understand how you and the others continue to say that I am with the Jacobs campaign. That is not true at all.
I also do not see how what I have stated is dishonest. You make it sound as if I am not telling the truth about this. What have I stated that is not the truth. With the exception of his motive for moving back to the area the rest is purely fact.
As I stated I am impressed with MR Rumler. I jaust can not vote for him this time. If he was to stay in the area if he lost I would more than likely vote for him next time. I am not married to the Jacods campaign or its people. In fact as I stated above I do not agree at all in legacy politics. It is just my opinion at this time that Mr Jacobs is the best one for the job. As stated above that also can change over the next term.

Thank You

At 3/11/2006 9:14 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 8:56,

I have ZERO personal problems with Jacobs. I find him a nice guy, I enjoy his company, and he's never done anything to cause me any problems whatsoever.

So try again, Chester.

How long exactly did Rumler work in DC? A few years? And you think that ..... what.. .he was in FREAKING SIBERIA or something.... no phones, no papers, no internet. Completely and utterly isolated and cut off from what is going on back in this area? Like he doesn't have tons of friends and family living here to keep him up to date on every little thing that happens?

Seriously, GET REAL. You keep pushing this line that doesn't hold up. Sorry.

To say that someone working out of town for a few years makes them somehow not "in touch" enough to serve well is ridiculous. How was Jacobs "in touch" other than going to fundraisers and bars?

Jacobs has demonstrated just how "in touch" he is with the issues of concern for the people of this area. I'm sure that if you stopped 50 people at random on the street and asked them what they were most concerned about, they'd all say, "that we don't have a huge hog slaughtering plant in Barstow" and that not enough state money is being given to businesses to harvest carp, and that we need a high speed rail service to Wyanett, IL.

Somehow I think helping business developers isn't exactly being "in-touch" with the people.

I'm sure Mike has worked his ass off to do what he could for the area, but to suggest that he's more qualified than Rumler simply because Jacobs has spent part of his time in the Quad Cities the past few years just doesn't hold water.

I don't expect to change your mind, but I think that's a pretty slim thing to hang your vote on.

At 3/11/2006 9:19 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 9:10,
If you were accused of being with the Jacobs camp it is because you're pushing their favorite ruse, the "Rumler as newcomer" trick.

If you've honestly just bought that hook, line and sinker, then ok.

I think those that disagree have been pretty clear as to why.

Vote for who you think is best for our people and our area, of course.

It's just that from what I've seen both here and elsewhere, and believe me, it's been a lot, I don't like what I've seen at all, to the point that I couldn't vote for one of the candidates and live with myself.

That's just me. Take it for what it's worth.

At 3/11/2006 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I guess we can agree not to agree. This is the way gentelmen do things. I also wish to thank you for the blog to express different opinions.

Thank You

At 3/13/2006 7:20 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You're more than welcome, as is anyone else who is able to discuss, debate, and yes, argue issues or candidates without resorting to cheap tricks and purely personal attacks while avoiding the issue completely.

And that includes all points of view, not just those which I hold myself.

Your thoughts and opinions are welcome here.

At 3/13/2006 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't people spell-check? I will be honest, when I read a post, if I see misspellings; it just makes it worth less. SPELL-CHECK folks! You can sound smarter that way, and sometimes fool people into thinking you are well spoken.

At 3/13/2006 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you sound just like a teacher!

At 3/13/2006 5:14 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Frankly, I'm surprised that some of the commenters even know what a teacher sounds like. It would appear that they never listened to one.

At 3/13/2006 5:31 PM, Anonymous Hiy scool gradyouate said...

I know this sounds partisan or picking on them, but seriously, look at who the semi-literate D student types always support here.

The ones who can't spell or write or think are... well... I don't even have to say it, it's so obvious.

I think for campaign givaways the campaign should hand out speak-n-spells.

At 3/22/2006 5:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good campaign, Paul. Well, done.

At 3/22/2006 6:03 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Agreed! Tremendous showing for being outspent 10 to 1.

Zero media, I'd assume no polling, none of the advantages of being flush with campaign cash.

Add nearly $30,000 worth of FALSE campaign calls on behalf of your opponent.

Your much better than expected vote total must have been the result of an amazing amount of grueling and relentless door-to-door and one on one campaigning. A tremendous amount of work and a more than respectible finish.

You had the opposition freaking out and sweating bullets. You gave them one hell of a run for their money.... literally.

At 3/22/2006 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good by Paul!


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