An election night recap

An election night recap

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.
But enough of that! perez
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!

One thought on “An election night recap

  1. Jeff, here are my quick hits using a biggest winner/loser approach. Feel free to bring this up on today’s show with James Fuller and your friends, in one way or another.
    Biggest winner who was not on the ballot — Chris Lauzen not only dispatched his former supporter-turned-critic Melisa Taylor in his direct involvement in the 5th district contest, coupled with his open endorsement of Jack Cunningham in the face of the serious and expensive challenge of Mark Davoust in the clerk’s race, everyone is on complete notice that Lauzen is in complete control of Kane County government’s electoral challenge. Even Lauzen’s open endorsement of Doug Truax over Jim Oberweis in the U.S. Senate race could have had an impact to explain Kane County resident Oberweis’ stunning loss in his home Kane County. On Tuesday, Lauzen put any would-be 2016 challenger on notice that he is nearly unbeatable. And as a bonus, with State Representative Keith Farnham’s sudden resignation and with rumors Kane County Democratic Chairman Mark Guethle may appoint County Board Member Cristina Castro to succeed Farham, Lauzen may well be appointing a Democratic board ally to strengthen his control of the county board.
    Biggest loser as a group — Statewide, the biggest losers are pollsters, given the Republican governor and U.S. Senate final results, but locally, I’d have to say women, in head-to-head matchups against men. Melisa Taylor, Jennifer Laesch, Marmarie Kostelny* and Manju Goel lost their respective primary (and Taylor and Laesch, re-election bids) to men, for different reasons. Guess you can throw-in Julie Cosimo and Beth Goncher into that group, too. Only Darlene Senger won a contested primary Kane County Republicans participated against male opponents.
    Biggest no shows in election campaign by the numbers — The Show You Care Kane Community Leadership Team (Fred Norris, John Hoscheit, Marilyn Weisner, Dave Reece, Michael Donahue, Drew Frasz, John Knewitz, Jennifer Laesch, Corinne Pierog, and Richard Poulton) was created and announced with much fanfare last October, as a leadership team full of well-known civic leaders from throughout Kane County to lead the proponents to pass the developmental disabilities referendum. What did these 10 “leaders” do, apart from a few high-profile newspaper articles? One of the leaders lost her re-election bid on Tuesday.
    Biggest loser who’s a current/former staffer for High Profile Kane County leader — Nick Provenzano, the senior district representative for Congressman Randy Hultgren. Provenzano, who’s a member of the McHenry County Board, lost his bid for McHenry County Clerk. Had to get Congressman Hultgren mentioned somehow.
    Look forward to your show, and who knows, I might even call-in (if my work schedule permits).

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