From Chris Cleveland, Chicago Republican Party -
The ChicagoGOP has been in the media over the past month. We've raised our visibility and gotten more coverage than we've had in many years.
When the Chick-fil-A issue hit, we decided that someone needed to speak out about Alderman Moreno's shameful, and illegal, conduct. As the opposition party, that "someone" needed to be us. And so it was. On July 26 we issued a press release saying that we planned to file a complaint with the Attorney General's office. The press responded immediately. We did an on-camera interview about it with ABC 7, and made the FoxNews.com homepage.
We called a press conference for 10:00 am on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, and got it into the AP Daybook. The calls started at 4:00 am. After a quick live interview on WGN 720, and another on the WLS Don & Roma show at 6:50 am, I headed to City Hall for an on-camera interview with CBS News.
We'd gotten permission to hold the press conference right in City Hall itself, second floor, right outside City Council chambers. (After all, the unions frequently use this location for press conferences; why shouldn't we?) A full spread of television cameras were there, including almost all the major television stations in Chicago and several radio stations.
Suzanne Devane, Darnell Macklin, and I delivered prepared remarks. Adam Robinson and I took questions, including hostile ones. It came off without a hitch. We even attracted a protester from the other side, who conducted his own ad-hoc press conference.
We then walked across the street to the Thompson Center, with cameras following, to hand-deliver the complaint to Lisa Madigan's office. After a confrontation with a Madigan staffer, we went upstairs, delivered, and Adam did an interview. We were on Roe and Roeper in the afternoon.
The press covered the whole affair:
- WGN covered the press conference
- WGN aired a second segment
- And a third WGN segment
- Later that evening Chris had a chance to speak with CLTV directly
- ABC 7 didn't miss out either
- And again on ABC 7 at 6 PM
- ABC News Chicago covered the filing here
- ABC also covered the wider story here
- The Chicago Phoenix
- Crains Chicago Business
- Chicago Tribune
- Fox News Tod Starnes got a big comment conversation rolling on his article.
- The Story even made it down to Orlando
- The Sun Times
- The Washington Times
- WGN News Chicago
- Windy City Media
- Windy City Media Covered it twice
- WLSAM Wrote about it too
We even hit the big time: a mention on the home page of the Drudge Report.
The fallout from our media blitz continues. Now that the press knows we exist, they've been calling. I've done two segments on CLTV, one on Chick fil A and one on Obama's TV ad on contraception.
Hector Concepcion handled a debate, in Spanish, on a Bogata TV station.
We've gotten calls for comment on the Paul Ryan appointment. I did a quick interview on ABC 7, and Lori Yokoyama did interviews on four different television stations outside of Obama's house in Hyde Park.
We've also gotten inquiries from Japan and from the BBC.
I'd like to say thanks to 44th Ward Committeeman Scott Davis, who had the original idea for the complaint, 47th Ward Committeeman David Ratowitz, who wrote the complaint and did all the legal work, 49th Ward Committeeman Suzanne Devane who made much of the media blitz happen and delivered the message at the conference, 6th Ward Committeeman Darnell Macklin who spoke about Human Rights and gave us credibility, ChicagoGOP Chairman Adam Robinson, who took a risk and got behind the effort, and those committeemen (Carl Segvich, Bill Delay), who showed up and brought people to make it clear that yes, we're here, and we've got something to say.