Strange way to get attention
I missed this blurb within a piece in the Dispatch this past Saturday. Thanks to an alert reader for pointing it out.
Mike Collier, who leads Positive Brothers United, a grassroots group devoted to stopping violence in Rock Island, announced Thursday he'll lead the effort to raise support among Rock Island County Democrats for Republican 17th District candidate Andrea Zinga.Maybe they think this is an effective political ploy to play the candidates against each other? If so, it will probably work.
"It is really important to back Andrea here in Rock Island," Mr. Collier, a life-long Democrat, said. "We haven't gotten any support for Rock Island from Democrats, even though we keep asking."
Mr. Collier said he met Mr. Hare during a campaign event this past summer and was told he was doing a good job and "keep up the good work."
Mr. Collier said the Democrat "doesn't care about what is going on in Rock Island. He only cares about Phil Hare and his people."
Ms. Zinga said she was invited to participate in marches Mr. Collier's group organized. As a congresswoman she said she would help through assisting with economic development in the area and vocational training opportunities.
Mr. Hare opposes assault weapons and cop-killing bullets, and supports common-sense gun laws, the Community Oriented Policing program and other programs aimed at stopping crime, a campaign spokesman, Jon Samuels, said. He also has the support of the local NAACP chapter.
"It's true that we need a change in Washington, but the only way to move this country in a new direction is for Democrats to win control of the House of Representatives," Mr. Samuels said. "That being said, Phil enjoys strong support of local Democrats, independents and Republicans."
But as J.C. Watt's father famously put it, "A black man voting for a Republican is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders." They must be tripping if they think that Zinga and the Republicans will provide more support and aid to the disadvantaged and to depressed areas of cities.