Foster Endorsed by Lifetime Republican

[Update 2/14: “Campaign Physicist’s” get-out-the-vote (GOTV) “Turf-cutting Kit” from the Patrick Murphy for Congress campaign that Foster helped with (.pdf alert.) Also: looks like a Veterans for Foster group is forming. For more info, e-mail me at yinnATcitybarbs.com.]

This story hasn’t come to DeKalb yet, so:

Lifelong Republican and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Don Cassiday stood alongside Foster at a news conference Monday at Foster’s Aurora campaign office to break ranks and endorse Foster.

“I think that Mr. Oberweis’ stand of continuing to support the Bush administration in Iraq is very unwise and I think the future of this country depends very heavily on our getting out of there,” said Cassiday, an Aurora resident. “That’s my reason for supporting Bill.”

Meanwhile, the Foster campaign released results of a poll of 525 “likely voters,” more of them Republican than not, which shows Oberweis ahead in the race 45%-43%.

That’s not a good sign for Obie, who has the greater name recognition in a district that leans Republican. Continue reading Foster Endorsed by Lifetime Republican

Foster vs. Oberweis on Iraq

Here’s Bill Foster’s new ad. Here, he highlights the difference between himself and Jim Oberweis on Iraq:

You can count on Foster to be a class act. One comment I’ve heard about him is how gracious he was when talking about his primary opponents, even when the conversation was one-on-one. He will stick to the issues.

Note to Laesch trolls: I have no qualms about moderating comments. I will delete all comments that contain personal insults about me and/or the candidate I support. Go recount some ballots. Or bite me. Your choice.

IL-14: The Uncertainty Lingers

What’s clear to everyone is that Bill Foster (D) will face Jim Oberweis (R) in competing for the 14th District U.S. House seat in the special election March 8, the one that determines who fills the remainder of Dennis Hastert’s term of office.

Unfortunately, the notion that Foster will face Oberweis in the November general election (for a new term of office beginning next January) is not set in enough cement for some. That’s because Foster beat John Laesch only by a few hundred votes in the regular primary. There are still a few absentee ballots to count, and Laesch will have to decide whether or not to pursue a recount.

Laesch has a dilemma. He is going to have to choose between his group of volunteers and his party. Continue reading IL-14: The Uncertainty Lingers

IL-14: 4th Quarter Fundraising Numbers

John Laesch
Number of Unique Itemized Contributors: About 75
Itemized Contributions: $74,766
Unitemized Contributions: $54,615
PAC Contributions: $6900
Total Receipts for 4th Quarter: $137,935
Cash on Hand (as of 1/16/2008): $32,098

No matter how you mash it, John Laesch is in deep doo-doo. He has not been able to capitalize on his previous run against Hastert. Part of the failure IMO has to do with the lack of professional staff and too much dependence on the blogosphere (vs. “dialing for dollars”). Continue reading IL-14: 4th Quarter Fundraising Numbers

Chronicle Kind of Endorses Foster–Oh, and Lauzen Too

Today:

Despite his willingness to mix it up with the other candidates and his frequent difficulty in responding to their attacks, we endorse Bill Foster. He is a businessman and scientist with an impressive background, having worked at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia. He also was one of the founders of Electronic Theatre Controls. Foster’s scientific background and analytical approach to problem-solving would be very beneficial in Washington.

Foster supports bringing the war in Iraq to an end and responsibly withdrawing the troops. He seems to know the issues and is well-informed on most relevant topics. We believe that Foster would work hard for the residents of the 14th District and would be a credible candidate for the Democrats in the general election.

I haven’t seen all of the debates, so will defer to those who have; maybe I haven’t received all of his mailers, but the ones I have do not mention his opponents at all. From where I’m sitting, Foster should get the vote for least amount of mud on his hands (if any): Stein gets snide with him at appearances and in his mailers, while Laesch (who apparently has no money for mailers) has attack teams roaming the blogosphere.

But even if the Chronicle staff know more about Foster’s fights than I do, I believe they couldn’t be more wrong about Lauzen. Continue reading Chronicle Kind of Endorses Foster–Oh, and Lauzen Too

IL-14 Debate Tomorrow

Both Democratic and Republican candidates in the IL-14 congressional race (for Denny Hastert’s old seat) will participate in a debate tomorrow, January 8 in St. Charles. It is sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Norris Cultural Center
1040 Dunham Road
St. Charles

Dunham is east of the river and 1040 lies a few blocks north of Route 64.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the debate starts at 7.

Dem 3-Way in IL-14

Usually I write my own stuff but in this case it would be like re-inventing a really good wheel. Over at Prairie State Blue a regular poster with the puzzling handle of bored now (but who am I to talk) has just contributed a second roundup of the three Democratic candidates* who are running ultimately for the prize of Denny Hastert’s now-abandoned Congressional seat. bored sounds anything but; his analysis is superb.

if the first posts in this series was designed to lay a foundation, this next group will be focused on looking at the fundamentals in this race. like blocking and tackling decide football games, the fundamentals decide elections. there are five fundamentals that are thought to be decisive in the outcome of elections:

1. the candidates
2. money
3. the environment (deciding factors that campaigns can’t change)
4. the climate (deciding factors that campaigns can influence)
5. their organizations

probably the biggest factor right now in this race is the political environment. and the most important environmental factor is the upcoming special election. the fact that the special election is a month away from the special primary focuses all attention on this question: who scales up fastest? the campaigns have six weeks to identify supporters and then educate them on voting twice for them on the same ballot (once for the general election and again for the special election). the campaigns already lost a week or so because they had to circulate petitions (again) for the special election. christmas and new year’s will cost them some more time. this is even more true for the laesch campaign (and possibly stein’s), since they are so dependent on volunteer expertise. the foster campaign staff will undoubtedly work the same amount during that week. (i worked on christmas day last year, so i sympathize.)

I do not know why bored doesn’t use capital letters. Even if you find it momentarily distracting, I would encourage you to read the whole post if you have an interest in this race–or in politics generally, for that matter.

*Joe Serra is not running in the special election, only the regular one, and seems devilishly difficult to get in touch with anyway.

IL-14: Burns Drops Out

In a move that means only far-right candidates Jim Oberweis and Chris Lauzen will compete in the GOP primary (Michael Dilger can come correct me if he wishes), Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns has dropped out of the race.

The Beacon News is tying the action to Denny Hastert’s endorsement of Jim Oberweis, and Burns admits it’s the “main factor.”

In a letter to the editor that appeared in The Daily Chronicle the day before Hastert’s endorsement, Lauzen called for Hastert not to meddle in IL-14.

Any candidate running for the Republican nomination to succeed you would feel honored by your endorsement. However, out of respect for the people whom we all serve and for the future unity of the Republican Party in this area, I respectfully request that you remain neutral before the primary and support whomever the Republican voters select after the primary on Feb. 5, 2008.

Many folks express their wonder to me about the apparent necessity to spend $1 million of taxpayer funds on the March 8, 2008, special election when that money could better be spent on national security, health care or education. Now that you are stepping away from your official duties, I believe that citizens and voters would be distressed if you reassert yourself and use your considerable clout to influence the outcome of an impending primary.

Not that I have any great desire to agree with Lauzen on anything, but I do feel bad for moderate GOP and independent friends. If both Burns and Foster had gotten the nomination, it would have been a great race. It seems to me that the GOP is in such disorder they will endorse only candidates who can self-fund.

Special Election Filings

Candidates for the special primary election to fill the rest of Denny Hastert’s term in the 14th U.S. Congressional District have begun filing their ballot petitions. Filed so far are GOPers Kevin Burns, Chris Lauzen and Jim Oberweis. Of the Dems who already filed for the regular primary election, only Bill Foster and John Laesch have turned in their petitions for the special; Jotham Stein expects to file shortly, but Joe Serra will not. Republican Michael Dilger is MIA.