Who thought a suspension could be so tiring! Putting up signs, organizing crews, and making all sorts of phone calls just happens to be a wee bit stressful. All I can say is I need to go back to work to get some rest.
Let me open the recap festivities by thanking Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez for joining me in the WRMN studios for a special two hour election night show. The Sheriff provided the kind of local political insights that you just can’t get anywhere else.
Didn’t get a chance to listen to the show? Not to fear dear friend because here it is:
I also want to thank Tim Elenz for making an appearance which always makes things more interesting. And speaking of Tim, he and Daily Herald reporter Jim Fuller will join me on tomorrow’s Left, Right and You (3/10) for a more thorough post-election analysis.
Here are the quick hits:
Kramer/Williams – Close is not the word. What these two gentlemen should’ve done is gotten together, flipped a coin and saved each other a lot of time, money and effort. Because when you get two non-incumbent candidates who have reasonable credentials and are willing to work their posteriors off, you know it’s gonna be a toss up.
Cunningham/Davoust – Having the queen of pay-to-play, former Kane County Chairman Karen McConnaughay, do your robocalls is really not the smartest move. Then the McConnaughay crew decided to attack me when I wasn’t the one running. In the end Davoust spent more than $100,000 to go down by 14 points. His political career just came to a screeching halt.
Taylor/Lenert – Melisa Taylor is one of my favorite people, but as a politician, she doesn’t have a pause button and that really hurt her. Despite our general flights of fancy, the world doesn’t revolve around any one of us. Bill Lenert is going to be a great county board member, but now that Chairman Lauzen has prevailed, we’ll see if the cure is worse than the disease.
Tegeler/Kostenly – The only race in which I issued an endorsement and the better candidate won (Tegeler)! If only for balance, we need to have defense attorneys in the judicial mix. D. J. will do a great job.
Oberweis/Truax – Jim! You’re doing so well in Springfield that I told you not to get involved in this race. Though I certainly believe the Tribune’s coverage of your Florida trip was absurd, even though you managed to pull this one out, you lost to Doug Truax in Kane County! That doesn’t bode well for your future. And there’s no way you beat Dick Durbin.
IL GOP Gubernatorial Race – So Bruce Rauner barely pulls it out and proceeds to do his best Howard Dean impression? Governor Quinn may as well start planning his victory party.
Kane County Cares – Lord! I worked for social service agencies for ten years in my youth and those folks just don’t get it. Putting this referendum on the menu with no real Democratic race was an act of utter lunacy. And the fact the referendum pledged to help folks outside of Kane County was a huge mistake. This one never had a chance.
Goel/Kaifesh – Larry Kaifesh got 70 percent of the vote. What more does anyone need to say?
We’ll talk more about all this Tomorrow!