August 20, 2006

17th District race killing time till labor day

Kurt Allemeier talks to candidates Phil Hare and Andrea Zinga in hopes of getting a story, but considering that nothing much is happening, he had his work cut out for him.

The contenders reported that they were trying to negotiate debate schedules, had visited D.C. and hope to ramp up contributions from small donors in the days to come.

The also listed A-list politicians they hope will stump in the district for them, including for Hare, minority whip Steny Hoyer, U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., and Illinois Senators Dick Durbin, and Barack Obama.

Zinga hopes to attract big names as well, and noted that Denny Hastert will appear with her in Decator Aug. 25.

The piece also reports that both candidates are closely matched when it comes to funds raised to this point.

One thing's for certain, the race is definitely not in full swing.

Today I walked past Phil Hare sitting by himself on a bench in the middle of one of the wings of Southpark Mall in Moline.

If I didn't know better, I would have thought he was some portly gentleman waiting for his wife to get done shopping. (maybe he was.)


At 8/20/2006 6:10 AM, Blogger Dave Barrett said...

Does anyone else remember all the predictions in the newspapers (and in some blogs) about how the national parties were going to target this race and how competitive it was going to be and how much money was going to be poured into it, etc.?
What a difference a few weeks make! The only help from outside the district Zinga is getting is Dennis Hastert (next district over) is making some phone calls and is going to appear with her once.
It makes me wonder what other pieces of conventional wisdom, things that all the experts quoted in the media agree on, are going to be revealed in a few weeks to be totally bogus.

At 8/20/2006 10:35 AM, Blogger Craig said...

did you read the piece about the farmers not endorseing anyone, that's not a good sign for Zinga

At 8/21/2006 6:57 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Further support to my statement that nobody likes Zinga....the queen of mean!


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