I think it’s more interesting what the Chicago Tribune tries hard NOT to say in this article, rather than what they say. Pay attention to the asides:
Quigley wins Democratic nomination
CHICAGO – Winning the Democratic nomination in a special primary election sets up Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley to replace former U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who left Congress to be President Barack Obama‘s chief of staff.
Quigley earned his party’s nomination Tuesday in a heavily Democratic district that includes Wrigley Field, making him the immediate favorite in an April 7 special election against Republican and Green Party candidates. The winner of that election will finish out the two-year term Emanuel won in November before he resigned.
Please notice it doesn’t say why Emanuel resigned. They don’t really acknowledge the fact that he’s now part-and-parcel of the Obama team, even in overwhelmingly Democrat Chicago? Interesting . . . Watch his campaign commercial:
“After all we’ve been through in Illinois in the last six months or so this is really the first chance the voters have had to say ‘Enough is enough, we’re voting for change and reform,”‘ Quigley told supporters.
Quigley, who has been a Cook County commissioner since 1998, campaigned as a reformer and fiscal watchdog. His reputation for taking on establishment Democrats in Cook County earned him the endorsements of both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.
Quigley said he thought the race would be closer, saying he was humbled, appreciative and honored by his win. “We’ve been fighting for reform for 10 years,” Quigley said.
Unmentioned by the article is that Quigley is the mortal foe of Cook County Board president John Stroger; the most powerful man in Cook County politics. So, if nothing else, a vote for Democrat Quigley could very likely have been a vote against the Status Quo.
The race also included six Republicans and five Green Party candidates in a district that stretches from Chicago‘s wealthy North Side lakefront to ethnic enclaves on the northwest side and neighboring Cook County suburbs.
And that’s a GOOD Deal of challengers for a “stronghold” Democrat district.
On the Republican side, Rosanna Pulido claimed the GOP nomination with 979 votes or 24.9 percent. Pulido is director of the Illinois Minuteman Project, part of a national volunteer civilian border patrol group that wants to stem illegal Immigration.
Don Doughman liked that Quigley drew support from Cook County politicians he considered reform-minded, including Quigley’s fellow commissioner, Forrest Claypool. “We need some cleaning up in this county,” he said.
Martin Plesha emerged from the polls with a one-word answer for how he voted: “Republican.” The 47-year-old, who runs a program business at Wrigley, said he always comes out for elections, even primaries. He said he thought it was important to get out the Republican vote in the Democratic stronghold.
She is best known as the Chair of Illinois Minutemen, a libertarian-leaning group that advocates Enforcement First on the Nation’s Immigration laws. Ms. Pulido garnered national media attention, including an appearance on CNN during the 2008 campaign, as an Hispanic opponent of illegal immigration, and critic of John McCain’s former amnesty position.
The District is overwhelmingly Democrat. But there is a small sliver of hope for the GOP. In 1994, Republican Michael Flannagan, a downtown Chicago stockbroker, stunned the political world by winning the seat for a two-year term. This was during the specter of the Dan Rostenkowski scandals. And in the wake of the Democrat Blagojevich/Roland Burris/Tony Rezko scandals, some political pundits in the Chicago area predict that this seat could be ripe for a GOP pick-up.
And . . . that would be ME, actually. I think this district is ripe for the taking by an organized, united group of Conservatives (Libertarians and Republicans alike. This district is one to throw out a “protest vote” every now and then, and this seems like the time.