Monday, April 03, 2006

A lot of people offering advice about who should replace Evans

John Gianulis, chairman of the Rock Island County Democratic Party, has no more legal standing in the selection of the replacement Democratic candidate for the 17th District congressional race than any other precinct committeeman in the district, according to Don Johnston, the 17th District Democratic State Central Committeeman.

According to a story in today’s Quad City Times both John Gianulis and Don Johnston are organizing forums for the precinct committeemen to hear from and about potential candidates.

My advice to the precinct committeemen is that they need to be very skeptical of everything they hear and half of what they see. The world is full of trickery and there is a lot of misinformation posing as sage advice and the voice of experience being offered concerning who they should select. If you select someone you personally feel good about supporting rather than someone you are told is a stronger candidate then you are less likely to regret your decision later.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mark "eddie Haskel" Shwiebert is a republican. Hare has never ran and has no collage education. Boland or Jacobs are the best candidates.

Anonymous said...

You don't have to go to college to be a politician. That's just dumb to say.

Anonymous said...

No, but it certainly helps to have edcuation beyond high school. Don't ya think?

Anonymous said...

I feel that anyone that wants to rise above their current level should have at least a collage education. Phil had enough time to get a collage education.

Anonymous said...

Boland and Jacobs will have trouble maintaining their current seats, let along win the 17th District.

Schwiebert's maintained non-partisanship because it's REQUIRED by Rock Island's system.

Anyone that says Schwiebert's a Republican is a Republican trying to keep the one guy that can destroy Zinga on this issues out of the race.

Anonymous said...

Schweiberts biggest problem is that nobody outside of Rock Island County knows or cares who he thinks he is.

Dave Barrett said...

I am hearing you people say that Mark Schwiebert will appeal to independants and Jacobs can raise a lot of money. Is that what you personally find appealing about them or are those attributes that someone has told you are important? Is there any potential candidate that anyone is supporting because that person stands for something besides raising money, getting elected and amassing personal power? Do any of these people want to be in Congress because they want to change this country for the better?
Do any of these people stand for anything or have vision? How do these people feel about our involvement in Iraq? Where do these people stand on immigation?

If you are talking about appealing to swing voters and raising a lot of money because those are things that get you excited about a candidate then that is fine, but if you are talking about those things because you have been led to believe by someone else that those things should be the basis by which someone is nominated then CUT IT OUT!
Figure out which candidate trips your trigger and then support that person. If you get excited about them then there is a chance that independants and swing voters will also. If a candidate turns you off because all they seem to care about is raising money and being a big shot, bragging about their their endorsements then I bet that independants and swing voters will be turned off also.
The Democratic Party should stand for something. If when we have a chance to nominate someone we make the selection based solely on how much money they raised in their last race or because the candidate has a reputation for getting Republicans support then what reason are we giving to people to vote Democratic?

Anonymous said...

So, Dave, what DO WE stand for? So far the blogs in all the QC blogs haven't mentioned a single thing that we want in a candidate other than to beat Zinga.

What REALLY matters?
- The war in Iraq and War on Terror?
- Economic development?
- Education?
- Health care?

I'd love to see what folks really care about and where our potential candidates stand.

But it's more. Which candidate can be a relevant contributor to the House process, land seats on important committees, sponsor legislation, offer more than just a vote?

Dave Barrett said...

I can only tell you where I stand and I have been doing that in this blog. But I invite people who are posting comments supporinting various potential condidates to stop talking the issues that the "experts" tell them are important like money and to start talking about the issues people care about.

Ronnie B. said...

I hear that Boland will run for both Congress and Representative (if he gets the nod for the ballot). Can he do this? Is it legal? Can you run on federal and state ballot both? I heard that if he wins as Congressman he will appoint someone to his seat, probably his wife. This also insures him to keep his seat at a rep if Zinga were to beat him. I heard this from pretty good source and it seems like a can of worms to me. I'm asking everybody!

Anonymous said...

What sounds like nepotism? What is Jacobs doing now? I didn't read anything here that made me think that. The one that sounds like potential nepotism is Boland.

Anonymous said...

Dave, I am pleased to see you standing up and demanding more from our candidates. This is why I really wish John Sullivan will run. His ethics, positions, and character reflect the 17th district. As a state Senator, his policy is to work cooperatively to bring jobs. He has held his own with agriculture and education. I have noticed that he does not say family values but rather actively supports working families through his energy and votes. Just look at the number of jobs he has helped bring. He is consistent in his stances. For those concerned about money, John has sufficiently raised money to win two very competive races receiving as much as 66% of the vote in his conservative district. Most impressive if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

I am glad that Mike Jacobs headed the call of the people that elected him to the 36th Senate Seat. I voted for him because I believe that he will bring the Thomson prison and WIU Moline. I think he can be the voice of reason to the democrats in November. Bringing stability to very unstable times.

Anonymous said...

John Sullivan making decisions for the QC. I don't think so.

Anonymous said...

But we can make them for QUINCY, etc.? Why does the candidate have to be from RI county? GEt a grip. It's a BIG district with a lot of potential candidates in it!

Anonymous said...

The arogance coming out of RI is turning off the rest of the district. Remember, whoever wins must win the entire district. Ask Quincy and Macomb how good of a job Sullivan is doing? Ask Carthage, Monmouth, Mt. Sterling. Sullivan represents his entire district. Why do you think that someone from outside of RI cannot represent RI? Shouldn't the rest of the district as the same question? How can someone from RI represent the rest of the district? Remember, the goal is to win the general election and hold the seat; it is not to make sure the candidate is from one part of the district or the other.

Anonymous said...

Arrogance is the three letter word of the month. I saw it on Opera. So must have everybody else.

Anonymous said...

I think that the party should take a new direction with this nomination. There is a guy from downstate that could do that. Rob Mellon, a school teacher with military experience says he is running. Visit his website robmellon.com.

Anonymous said...

Rob Mellon. Head Lane Evans advice and endorse Phil Hare.

Anonymous said...

You are blind melon if you cant see that you have no chance. Get out now before you embarass yourself.

Rob Mellon said...

I do not think that anyone that was in attendance on Saturday thought that I embarrassed myself. As for advice from Lane Evans - I have not received any advice from Congressman Evans. I would gladly listen to my congressman if he wanted to talk to me, but I am not going to take someone else’s words in place of Lane’s. I have nothing to lose in this situation - and based off of the comments from committeemen I met personally on Saturday I am gaining support not losing it. The other candidates only have votes to lose – I have plenty to gain. That gives me a tremendous amount of confidence. It is amazing what actual ideas can do. If I can change the minds of a group of entrenched political careerists how affective would my candidacy be when dealing with the general public. I am not the one missing the boat here. The "business as usual" crowd, only interested in maintaining there personal control and power - are the ones that are missing it.

Rob Mellon said...

If you want more information on my candidacy go to www.robmellon.com. Check it out and send me your concerns.

Fatherofthebride said...

Why dpesn't Rob Mellon marry himself?