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Great Election Fun: Late Nights with a Pawnbroking Lt. Governor

Thomas F. Roeser 3 February 2010 2 Comments

Republicans Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady are eyelash-close for governor with downstater Brady 503 votes ahead of Dillard. Under Illinois law no recount is mandatory but you have to ask a court to order one…and loser pays.

The good news for social conservatives is that the two are virtually identical in support for pro-life. And the close-running third-up, And McKenna takes the same position. The GOP “Unity Breakfast” this morning will be great fun.
On the Democratic side, Gov. Pat Quinn has edged out challenger Dan Hynes but it’s pretty definitely Quinn—who is distinctly the less attractive candidate for the general. Only hope for Hynes would be if there are enough provisional ballots out there. Again, a recount will be asked I’m sure.
The big problem for victor Quinn is that his lieutenant governor nominee is multi-millionaire Scott Lee Cohen, a Chicago pawnbroker who bought the nomination with huge a huge last-minute media outlay. The AP has cited the fact that some years ago Cohen was accused of battering a woman who failed to show up in court. Lovely.

The night carried great news for pro-lifers. Pro-lifer Jason Plummer has taken the Lt. Governor’s slot. Also: Pro-lifer Joe Walsh is nominated in the 8th against Melissa Bean, pro-lifer Adam Kizinger facing Debbie Halvorson in the 11th and pro-lifer Randy Hultgren in the 14th against Dem Bill Foster. Regrets: pro-abort Mark Kirk won going away for Senate over Patrick Hughes who ran a valiant campaign. Pro-abort Judy Baar Topinka whose puppy (she reports) has gone wee-wee in 10 countries will be nominated Comptroller. Too bad. Pro-lifer Arie Friedman lost to Bob Dold for 10th district Congress: at least Dold is somewhat pro-life—but I’m assuaged that pro-abort State Rep. Beth Coulson, worse than even NY-23’s Dede Scozzafava (the same lefty Beth who didn’t even endorse George W. Bush for reelection in 2004) has conceded to Dold.

Tom Roeser is the Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Chicago Daily Observer


  • Dan Kelley said:

    Scott Lee Cohen is going to prove to be the “Larouche factor” in the general election if Quinn cannot get him to withdraw from the ticket.

  • Pat Hickey said:

    Scott Lee must be Illinois’ Jewish Redneck Demographic!

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