by Pete Speer
This is not a trivial question.
I received in the mail today a two page fund raising letter from the Kirk campaign. It was probably sent to every Republican registered in the state. When I first read it I thought that the printer had mixed up Kirk's fund raising with Bill [Brady's].
The gist of the letter is that Illinois has been misruled first by Governor Ryan and then by Governor Blagojevich. We can sit back and let others fix the problem of Illinois being a corrupt one party state that is growing in arrogance and greed at the county state and federal level. We can sit back and hope others fix this for us...or we can stand up and fix it ourselves.
"I've chosen the latter, which is why I am the Republican candidate for the United States Senate." So send money to my campaign.
Mark, so do we.
Don't get me wrong, I want a Republican to go to the Senate and we only have one nominee
I say this even though he has violated several planks of the Republican Party platform in his pronouncements.
This fund raising letter is pure chutzpah. He is not running for governor or any office on the state ticket, either statewide or in one of the General Assembly House or Senate Districts. He is not running for any County office.
The letter cuts through the pockets of every other Republican candidate like a knife -- probably taking money away from every Party candidate in every race.
An the biggest hit will come from Bill Brady's pockets.
The State Party needs to discipline him. The National Republican Senate Campaign Committee needs to rein him in. And Bill Brady needs to take him to the woodshed and tan his hide. Our Chairman, Pat Brady, needs to stop sitting on his hands and shake Kirk by both shoulders. Who the hell does Mark Kirk think he is.
Kirk is taking advantage of the Thomas E. Dewey front porch campaign that unfortunately to date characterizes the Brady group. Kirk is scared that he has not been able to spread his lead over Alexei. He has treated his race as Kirk vs. Broadway Bank and not Republican vs Democrat.
He needs to focus on Washington issues. A strong State ticket will help carry him through.
Further, in his pronouncements Kirk's positioning has thrown the the conservative wing of the party overboard. He appears to believe that Conservatives and the growing Tea Party movement have no other place to go. Wrong, seriously and perhaps terminally wrong.
His race is being handled as though the electorate in the entire state mirrors his 10th Congressional District from which he has been elected to Congress. It does not.
So he needs more money. The pot is not bottomless. Money that should go to Bill and Steve and the rest of the statewide candidate will be picked by this irresponsible letter. The money that Roger Keats needs to fund the Cook County campaign is likewise being fished by Mark Kirk.
We need Party unity. For the good of the Party and victory on all levels in November we need a coordinated approach with targets selected and assigned. Corruption in Illinois is part of the focus of the State races. Corruption in Cook County belongs to the Keats campaign.
Bill is being disrespected by Kirk, in the same manner as Tom Cross's being unable to hold the caucus on the Meeks voucher bill.
We started out 2010 with every chance of victory in November. The Democrat Party has not yet begun to fight. Today's polls represent a only starting point. November is a long campaigning haul away.
It is no victory for the Illinois Party if Kirk wins, Brady loses and both wings of the Statehouse remain in Democrat hands.
It is the Brady campaign, when energized which will carry Kinzler, Hultgren, Dold, Pollack, Schilling and Walsh over the top, not Mark Kirk operating as the Lone Ranger.
Issues will not do the job alone. It takes issues and money to stay the course in multiple races to win. If the past is any example we shall see national political figures come to Illinois at the behest of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee to collect money to be sent to Washington and redistributed to Mark Kirk and other Senate candidates in other States. I submit that the six caballeros above have a greater need If they are to win.
The Illinois Republican Party is not organized for victory. Somebody has to whip this party into line. Bill is the ticket leader. Pat Brady is not taking the lead.
Yes, Kirk has every right to raise money. He is not running in a vacuum. His efforts must be focused not only on his victory but also the good of the other candidates
Yes, we want a Republican majority in the Senate. But we also need the largest possible presence in the House
And we dearly need in Illinois a Brady victory plus greater presence if not a majority in the Illinois Senate and House. The 2010 Census will reapportion the legislative districts in Illinois. We may well lose a seat in the U.S. House. Are any of them sacrificial lambs?
The 2010 election will either emancipate the State Republican Party or leave it to the whims of Mike Madigan and John Cullerton for the next ten years.
The Eepublican ticket needs to get organized.
And it needs to be done now.