Two Schools of Thoughts on Pat Hughes Backing Mark Kirk for Senate
Tom Roeser Pat Hughes is—What?
Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) who sought passionately to get former Veep candidate Sarah Palin to endorse him when he had a primary opponent…and who was turned down…is now turning down the opportunity to be part of the Palin Illinois rally. O.k. Nothing wrong with that.
Patrick Hughes who ran against Mark Kirk in the February 2 primary enthusiastically plumped for him the other day and now has been actively stumping for Kirk. See the difference?
This is what turns people against politics. Not that Hughes supports Kirk but that he didn’t ask any advice from his contributors and supporters…one of whom was me ($1,000)…before he jumped on the everybody support Kirk pig pile…hoping to eventually get Kirk support when as expected Hughes wants to run against Judy Biggert in 2012 (Kirk support him? A fantasy).
The usual route is that in a primary that bitter and personal as Hughes legitimately waged, the defeated candidate meets with his supporters and determines what to do next. Nine out of 10 probably would have told him to support Kirk…but not go up to the front of the church and pass the plate. But Hughes clearly wants to run for office again and so wants to make amends.
Again: nothing wrong with that—but when he gets a bit older and wiser he will shuck that 40-year-old hard chargin entrepreneur’s attitude of doing it all himself for himself…by himself…talking to no one but himself… and consult with those who thought enough of him to pitch in initially in what all of us knew would be a near hopeless race…for which we were plugging our dough down a rat-hole. We all knew it but thought the point of having an opponent to Kirk’s pro-abort pro-gay rights position was right then.
That was more important than Hughes’ precious ambition to go to Congress to satisfy his own ego needs.
There were issues involved, m’friend—not you’re self-promotion.
Let me tell you Hughes has a whole lot to learn about politics—and right now he has barely made it past kindergarten.
And if he thinks I’ll support him again, he has another think coming.
From John Powers
The Illinois Republicans, led by Pat Brady, held a fundraiser at the Drake last Thursday night featuring Michael Steele, the head of the RNC. I attended, and was glad to be seated with the Plummer family, while Jason Plummer, the Lt. Gov candidate was away on military duty and Adam Andrzejewski, who was a candidate for governor. The program was short and to the point, the Republicans can win in Illinois this fall.
Every speaker made it clear that we may not agree with everything that a Republican does, and may be in opposition to a candidate during the primary, but after the preliminary is over, the party comes together behind its chosen candidate.
Pat Hughes was also in the audience, and made the effort to go from table to table to thank his primary supporters, myself included. Now Pat has made it clear that he supports the party’s candidate, Mark Kirk. This is how the Republicans can win elections.
I agree with my friend and colleague, Tom Roeser, the protocol (informing supporters 1st) could have been managed differently by Pat Hughes. But I think this is substituting protocol for substance. With his miserable policies and failed bank, no one, including Democrats, interested in the future of the State and the Country should seriously be supporting Alexi Giannoulias. Any weakness shown in the general election campaign can be interpreted as supporting the Rezko candidate, Alexi Giannoulias.
Pat Hughes took the high road in the primary campaign, while others spread malicious rumours about Mark Kirk in a media campaign that smelled of Democratic Operatives. Hell, Kirk’s supporters spent quite a bit of time and money attacking Pat Hughes for seeking and receiving the support of Mike Ditka. Hughes is the only one who came out of the primary supporting consistent policies and principles and running a up-front campaign.
The Republican party needs another 100 candidates just like Pat Hughes. Could he have handled this differently? Sure, but I would rather have Pat Hughes out there making small mistakes, than Alexi Giannoulias (or Dick Durbin for that matter) in a position where he can profoundly effecting the future of the county. We can stand a few small mistakes. We can’t stand another 6 years of incompetence in Washington DC.