October 16, 2006

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.

"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."
Maybe they think this is an effective political ploy to play the candidates against each other? If so, it will probably work.

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.


At 10/16/2006 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I've known Mike Collier for a long time. He's a strong Dem supporter in RICO and has always
helped his people. You can't buy
this man's respect you have to
earn it.

If Mike is heading up support for
Zinga that means there's a good

You might want to check out the
article a couple days ago in The
QC Dispatch about the RICO NAACP.

Hare claimed he's endorsed by the
group but Their Pres. tells a
different story. They are not
happy with hare saying that.

No! This is not about dumb chickens.......

It's about the goose who laid an
egg. and the nest is full of HARE.

At 10/16/2006 3:36 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

In all due respect, I think you give up being a "strong Dem supporter" when you organize a group to support the Republican candidate.

That kind of blows your credentials as a "strong Dem" right there.

Maybe he used to be, but not any more.

Secondly, you're engaging in some spin when you report the story about Hare and the NAACP.

They weren't happy about Hare saying they endorsed him, that is true apparently.

But it's not like you make it sound.

They took exception because the organization strictly avoids endorsing ANY candidate.

Most of the leadership of the local NAACP are strong Democrats and have endorsed Hare as individuals or in their capacity as government officials, but they can't endorse as the NAACP for the simple fact that it's the policy of the NAACP to not officially endorse ANY candidates.

At 10/16/2006 7:51 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Nico, moved your comment to the Hare/Zinga race discussion page. Don't want to get too far off topic here.

At 10/16/2006 8:48 PM, Blogger Craig said...

What the hell is the matter with this guy. How about you go to your local gov't to stop the violence in Rock Island. The federal rep. can draft legislation to put tougher penalties on violent crimes. I don't think Zinga will do this. Honestly, I don't know that Hare will put it on the top of his priority, because there is not much that the Congressperson can do here. Go see Mark Schwiebert and the Rock Island City Council.

At 10/19/2006 2:35 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Just WHO is this Collier guy? I have been active for decades in Democratic politics and have never seen this gentleman at any event I attended - and I have been to plenty of them in RI.

I agree with Craig - he should contact Schwiebert and quit dissing Phil Hare unless of course he's really a Republican and the strategy is to jump the fence and pretend....wouldn't be the first time I saw a Rub lie to get what he wants!


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