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February 24, 2006

Tribune recommends Jacobs

The Chicago Tribune published its endorsements in contested state senate primaries this week. It went with Mike Jacobs:

"36th District (northwest Illinois): Incumbent Democrat Mike Jacobs of East Moline took over daddy Denny Jacobs' seat and has performed ably, even with occasional flashes of independence. Where he runs into trouble is when he opens his mouth--last year he likened his efforts on behalf of the gaming industry to Rosa Parks' contributions to the civil rights movement. Paul Rumler, of Rock Island, is bright and conscientious and, like Jacobs, reliably prolabor, but he is short on experience and specific ideas. Jacobs is endorsed."

Posted by jcb at February 24, 2006 11:01 PM


Congratulations Senator Jacobs.

Posted by: MrDemocrat at February 25, 2006 09:27 AM

Well, ok, jcb, you posted the Chicago Tribune endorsement without comment----let's hear the comment.

This primary will present a real conundrum for me. On the one hand, I've sworn to do all I can to defeat SNEM, but on the other hand, it looks like Lane Evans will not bow out gracefully, so I'll want to vote for the most promising Republican opponent.

As someone who swings both ways, I'll probably not know whether I'll get the Republican or Democrat ballot until the moment the election worker asks me.

Posted by: paladin at February 25, 2006 04:21 PM

The post was just an FYI thing, as were various previous posts on endorsements.

My comment: Newspaper endorsements in general don't mean much.

In the case of the Tribune, which has pretty limited circulation in the 36th District, the endorsement probably means zip.

Endorsements from civic groups and unions may be somewhat more meaningful, assuming the leadership, which generally determines endorsements, is at least somewhat in touch with membership and backs the endorsement with money and/or work on behalf of the candidate.

Posted by: jcb at February 26, 2006 12:29 PM

Interesting piece, from what the Trib wrote you'd think that they'd have endorsed Rumler. They say that Rumler is bright and conscientious, yet they endorse Jacobs who "runs into trouble is when he opens his mouth--last year he likened his efforts on behalf of the gaming industry to Rosa Parks' contributions to the civil rights movement." Is the Tribune scared of the Jacobs clan too?

Posted by: Anonymous at February 26, 2006 04:01 PM

the only endorsement that means anything to me is the green party endorsement

Posted by: Anonymous at February 26, 2006 10:15 PM

Anon 4:01:

"but (Rumler) is short on experience and specific ideas..."

Posted by: ILDC at February 27, 2006 08:06 AM

ILDC, how do you figure that Rumler is short on experience? Check out the resume's. Jacobs has had 1 political job (worked from home), Rumler has had 3, worked in the MA legislature, and Congress (for two Congressmen, including the Whip).

Posted by: Anonymous at February 27, 2006 09:18 AM

"Is the Tribune scared of the Jacobs clan too?"

I would have to think the Tribune is barely aware the Jacobs clan exists.

Posted by: huh? at February 27, 2006 11:26 AM

Anon 9:18,

I was simply repeating a direct quote of what exactly the Tribune wrote in response to Anon 4:01. This person (you?) said that from what was written one could conclude that they actually endorsed Rumler. This is certainly not the case.

Posted by: Anonymous at February 27, 2006 12:26 PM

Anon 9:18 -- I don't think ILDC is stating an opinion, but has simply pulled a quote from the Trib.

Posted by: nobody important at February 27, 2006 01:11 PM

"Performed ably."

"Flashes of independence."

"Reliably prolabor."

"Jacobs is endorsed."

- Chicago Tribune
February 24, 2006

Posted by: bopo at February 27, 2006 02:08 PM

Jacobs has worked as our state senator for the past seven months or so. During the entire time his primary opponent has been unemployed.

This is the experience and "lack of experience" the Tribune was talking about when they picked Sen. Jacobs over Rumler.

Posted by: bopo at February 27, 2006 05:16 PM

Yeah, I'm sure that's what they were talking about. Mike, you're the only one that is talking about that. And, if you haven't noticed, you're the only one that seems to think it matters.

I think it's admirable for Rumler to work hard, and save his money so he can run for office.

I think what the tribune meant was that he lacked political experience. Obviously they didn't do much research, as he clearly has more than Mike. Before being appointed, Mike only had one job in politics, and he worked from home. Anyone care to guess how he got that job working for Jesse White?

Mike, I've got a question for you. If you don't have the time to debate, don't have the time to campaign like your opponent, how do you have time to post so often here, and on The Inside Dope?

I guess that you do save time by not ever using spellcheck, so that's a plus.

Posted by: Bozo at February 28, 2006 07:30 AM

Are you kidding me?

Senator Mike Jacobs worked for nearly every elected official in Illinois. Since Mike doesn't feel the need to turn his many accomplishments into a puffy resume - doesn't mean he hasn't accomplished a great deal of good.

Like Rumler, Sen. Jacobs alzso worked as a page when he was a little boy.

After viewing Rumler's inflated resume, it's clear that Paul hops from job to job.

Posted by: bopo at February 28, 2006 10:57 AM

How did Mike get the job with Jesse White?

Mike worked for nearly every elected official in Illinios, wow, that sounds...unbelievable. I'm 100% sure I don't believe it. If you had the experience, and everyone was criticizing you for inheriting a job, I'm sure you'd list as much stuff as you could. Wouldn't you? Sounds pretty reasonable to me.

I think that Rumler's experience for the Whip is awfully impressive. He's got a statement from the Whip on his website as well, so he must not have been an unpaid page as Bopo suggests.

Posted by: Anonymous at February 28, 2006 12:33 PM

The Jacobs family sure sells papers!

Posted by: Anonymous at February 28, 2006 01:12 PM

"Paul Rumler made a great contribution to Marylandy's Fifth Congressional District."

- Steny Hoyre
Congressional Whip

Think about how much more impressive this would be if it came from our Congressman. Word is Congressman Lane Evans is set to endorse Big Mike Jacobs re-election campaign.

Posted by: bopo at February 28, 2006 05:11 PM

Jacobs is a bottomless font of comic relief. Why would the Trib want him to go away?

Posted by: M. at February 28, 2006 05:20 PM


Enjoy for years to come!

Posted by: Anonymous at February 28, 2006 11:37 PM

Bopo (Mike), it's one thing to intentionally miss-spell your oponents name, but now you're taking the same strategy with the Whip?

The name is Steny Hoyer. I'm surprised you spelled Lane Evans name right.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 1, 2006 07:42 AM

Anybody know anything about the republican that filed for this seat? James M. Beals?

Posted by: ILDC at March 1, 2006 08:10 AM

Paul Rumler has had four jobs in five years. He is currently looking for his fifth. Where I come from they call this unreliable. Another term is a job hopper.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 1, 2006 08:48 AM

If ever given the choice between someone who earned 4 jobs by merit, and someone who inherited 2 jobs from Daddy, I choose the first.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 1, 2006 12:26 PM

I have to say that bopo hit the nail on the head when he/she said: "...no, (SNEM) doesn't feel the need to turn his many accomplishments into a puffy resume..."

Of course he doesn't; the reason being his politically powerful daddy got him his job. What an accomplishment!

Another shocker will be when machine politician Lane Evans endorses another machine politician brought to office by the machinations of the local Politburo.

If SNEM had any cohones at all, he would have passed on his daddy anointing him heir apparent, and run on his own merits. Heh, fat chance of that!

Posted by: paladin at March 1, 2006 01:01 PM

It seems to be that many people are misinformed about the process in which Sen. Mike Jacobs was elected to office. You don't have to like it but here it is.
After Denny Jacobs retired from office, and had no official power, the County Chairperson whom are elected by the people to vote for a canidate for this open position. Several people were in the running including a House Rep. These County Chairpeople voted for the canidate that they felt was the best person for the job. Remember Denny was retired and had no power at the time of the election. These County Chairpeople as specified by law voted unanimously for Sen Mike to be the Senator of the 36th district. Now you amy not like the process or the County Chairs for their decission, but to take it out on Sen. Mike Jacobs is just uninformed behavior.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 1, 2006 11:14 PM

For anyone that is familiar with his posts, Anon 11:14 has all the indicators of a Jacobs post.

Mike, candidate has two "d's" in it.

Now let's not try to hide the fire with that smoke. The fact of the matter is that Denny struck a deal with John G. so he would choose Mike for the job. Anyone that is familiar with the process knows that the votes are weighted, and John G. has nearly all of them. His is the only one that counts.

So to suggest that Denny had nothing to do with it is entirely false. We know it, everyone involved knows it, now please stop trying to cloud the issue.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 2, 2006 07:43 AM

Anonymous 7:43,


Would you like me to get your mommy?

Big Mike Jacobs is up for election right now. It seems voters like what he has accomplished on education, health care, and securing $2.4 million for a new campus in the area.

If you don't agree, go out and vote against him. Afterall that's the American way.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 2, 2006 11:59 AM

John G is a big boy and he does have the juice. However, Mike was unanimously elected. Did Denny have something over these County Chairs also.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 2, 2006 01:32 PM

I agree with Anon 11:59, let's all go out and vote against "Big" Mike Jacobs. The QC has had enough of his "Big" attitude (13.8 mil) and his small results (2.4 mil). If you don't like it, you can take the train to Geneseo...then call a cab and wait for 45 minutes.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 2, 2006 02:30 PM

Anon 11:14 PM -- Something to refresh your memory. Here's a couple of paragraphs from the D/A story reporting Mike's appointment:

"Denny Jacobs lobbied hard for his son to follow him. Before announcing his retirement, the state senator approached the county party chairmen to say he wanted his son to fill his seat.

"'We wanted to honor Denny's wishes,' Mercer County Democratic chairman Richard Maynard said after the meeting appointing Mike Jacobs."

Story also said Mike was the only nominee for the job.

Posted by: jcb at March 2, 2006 03:00 PM

Anon @ ll:14 gives the most creative spin I've even seen explaining how SNEM got "elected". OK, anon (can't you people think of even a bogus moniker?), I'll concede, SNEM was "elected"----by the RI Co. Politburo---hardly democratic (small "d").

And as for daddy being "retired", I think it's interesting that Daddy Jacobs hadn't a clue he wanted to "retire" until a few months AFTER the election----I'm sure he had no thoughts on it BEFORE the election so SNEM could have run in a true democratic election. I used to have some regard for Denny Jacobs, but this SNEM deal exposes him as just another corrupt Democrat machine politician----for which Illinois is justifiably famous.

If the seriously ill Lane Evans wins in November and SNEM wins the primary on the 21st, there will be no reason for anyone to even care about elections----they will have all be pre-ordained by the Politburo.

Posted by: paladin at March 2, 2006 03:06 PM

No wonder it was unanimous.

"I for one" hope that Mike loses so he can become a terrific lobbyist like his father. I imagine that his schedule would be more busy so he wouldn't be posting on blogs all day long.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 2, 2006 03:38 PM

would you like a little cheese with your whine?

let's wait a few days and see what "real people" have to say about Big Mike Jacobs on election day.

if mike wins, will blogland know-it-alls feel compelled to move away? one can only hope. if not you are free to back yet another losing candidate.

hope this clears matters up for you palarepublicans (or should I say Mr. Beal)?

Posted by: forjacobs at March 2, 2006 05:15 PM

If anyone remembers the heart condition that Denny had while in Springfield. Rep. Pat Vershoore saved his life. Dr. told him that he would have to cut back. Hence the departure from office so he could see his 36 prandchildren grow up along with his 6 great grandchildren. This is a man that heads good advice.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 2, 2006 06:14 PM

There's no chance in hell that I'll move away if SNEM wins. I'm a committed insurgent fighting against the Politburo and all it's commissars and agents.

Posted by: paladin at March 2, 2006 07:44 PM

We will pull you kicking and screaming out of your "spider hole." You can run pal, but you can't hide!

Posted by: MrDemocrat at March 3, 2006 03:49 PM

Has anyone noticed that Paul Rumlersyard signs are not made in a union printshop. They were made in an Iowa nonunion shop. I think that the unions of the area should consider this and pull their levers for for Sen. Mike Jacobs. His signs aremade in union shop and have the Union label.

Posted by: Union Made at March 3, 2006 04:45 PM

That's a flat out lie. I have a yard sign, and it has the union bug on it. I see the big signs have the union bug as well. Folks, check for yourselves before you believe what Mikey tells you.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 3, 2006 11:33 PM

I'll make it a point to find one tomorrow and take a look. Probably won't have to drive around long.

Posted by: jcb at March 3, 2006 11:39 PM

Please stop and look for the union bug on the small red signs!

Posted by: MrDemocrat at March 4, 2006 11:04 AM

Anon 11:33 PM -- You're right. I checked out several of the signs in a drive-around this morning. They all have a union bug on them.

Posted by: jcb at March 4, 2006 01:14 PM

Look again!

Posted by: MrDemocrat at March 4, 2006 11:42 PM


In the old days you would have never let a grounder go through your legs!


Posted by: MrDemocrat at March 4, 2006 11:48 PM

Check out this post on The Inside Dope.

Posted by: jcb at March 5, 2006 11:39 AM

Do you still maintain your that "all (Paul Runmler's) signs have a bug on them?" Or would you like to amend your invesitgative report?

Posted by: MrDemocrat at March 5, 2006 01:40 PM

Yes, to repeat -- every one of the signs I looked at had the bug on them.

Posted by: jcb at March 5, 2006 01:50 PM

Beydler, after reading the Dope's thread, it sounds like Jacobs is going to run an attack ad on Rumler's signs being non-union, even though they were made at a union shop. You know that Mike reads these blogs (often), and is aware that the ad would be a lie. If he still runs it, the papers should jump all over that.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 6, 2006 06:55 AM

What did you open your door and look at the two signs in your yard.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 8, 2006 01:50 PM