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May 03, 2006

Evans exit official; the plan to replace him

The D/A has all the details on the plan to pick a Democratic congressional nominee to replace Lane Evans, who's now officially declined the nomination he won March 21.

Plans announced by Don Johnston Tuesday are much the same as he said they would be last Saturday, and outlined in the post below.

Here's Kurt Allmeier's story from the D/A.

Posted by jcb at May 3, 2006 09:16 AM


It will be a very interesting 10-days (and 2-weeks after that as well). Does anyone expect any games to be played with funny counts, or will everything be on the up-n-up?

Posted by: havinfun at May 3, 2006 03:18 PM

What most are failing to consider is that if John Gianulis and/or local party leaders had actually cared about the votersí wishes, they would have worked to see that there were individuals running to fill the positions. And too many people still take party politicians lip service that they were unaware of the severity of Evansí condition. For a chairman to allow so many seats open, that person, with all the problems facing this district and nation, would have to be either incompetent, not care about the voters wishes or be looking to supplant the voters in the decisions on whom would represent them should such a situation or need arise. The more logical thought is that the local party leaders were well aware of Evansí condition, bearing in mind that the time between Primary elections conclusion and the original announcement of Evansí retirement occurred without even a chance to take a short breath. So if you wish to push through the candidate of party choice and bypass the voters, you simply ignore the vacancies in those positions that will control the outcome. That way you if you are a power hungry politician, you can simply appoint puppets to serve your narcissistic wishes. The local leaders, trying to usurp the votersí ability to choose neglected to take in thought that the rest of the district would just not follow suit, and march to the tune of their deceptively-planned inauguration drums. Their egotistical father-knows-best attitude has not only stolen the voters right to choose, but it has also created a larger rift between voters and politicians, that continues to fester and rot.

Posted by: NoMorePinocchios at May 3, 2006 04:08 PM

No! John G. wanted the empty seats so that he could fill them by people that he could count on. Not people like you. He is the godfather of the district. He knows how to play the game and more power to him.

Congratulations to the most powerful man in the district. We should all be as proud of John as we are of Lane Evans.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 3, 2006 05:23 PM

Word from Springfield tonight is that State Rep. Mike Boland left the House floor last night to pay for pizzas for the Sangamon County Democratic precinct committeemen and women. He is working this campaign very hard and shouldn't be counted out at all.

Posted by: anonymous at May 4, 2006 12:39 AM

Through this whole process, has anyone seen, or heard anything about, Zinga? Things seem awfully quiet with her while the Democrats are receiving all of the attention.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 4, 2006 10:56 AM

I still think that Sullivan wil come out. Question...if Hare comes out, what will the 2008 primary look like? Will he get a free pass being the incumbent, or will it be a bloodbath? (And if a bloodbath, will anyone who comes out have a bloodbath?).

Posted by: havinfun at May 4, 2006 11:30 AM

If I were in Zinga's shoes, I wouldn't be saying a word until I knew who I was facing in November. The strategy will totally different with any one of the nominees. I'd let the dust/fanfare begin to settle then inject my first mudball. The attention all the Democrats are getting isn't all that positive. The process itself will be an issue if Hare's picked (among other issues).

Posted by: Huck Finn at May 4, 2006 02:40 PM