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May 17, 2006

If you're headed for Decatur, find the alley

Couple of weeks back, in a conversation with Ill. State. Sen. John Sullivan, one of the hopefuls in the 17th Congressional District, I said that no one should be a candidate unless they can pass this test: Start in Rock Island and get to Decatur without leaving the district.

He laughed, ruefully. "They'd have to find the right alley in Springfield."

Yup. An alley. That's how wide the 17th is as it snakes through portions of Springfield.

Last weekend, in Galesburg, I was talking to 17th District committeeman Don Johnston about the difficulties he faces in getting an accurate count on the Democratic vote in the district's voting precincts. One problem, he said, is that some precincts are divided among three congressional districts.

Yup. Precincts. Illinois' congressional map not only divides counties, townships and cities, it even chops up precincts, those tiniest of political subdivisions.

The map makes a joke of the Illinois Constitution, which declares, "Representative Districts shall be compact, contiguous, and substantially equal in population." The districts may be substantially equal in population, but there's nothing compact about them. Contiguous? Well, there is that alley in Springfield.

Amazingly -- and disturbingly -- the map apparently is the best that could be done by the legislature, which booted the reapportionment job to a special commission, the work of which finally passed muster in both the state and federal court systems. And all we got was this?

Iowa, as if often the case, does it better. A different procedure and, perhaps, less savage partisanship produced districts that can be described with a straight face as compact and contiguous. Not so much as a single county, let alone a precinct, is divided between congressional districts.

The Illinois map is the forth since I've been in the Q-C. In the '70s, the district (the 19th then, I believe) was a clearly identifiable chunk of western Illinois, compact and made contiguous by more than an alley here and there. As the map changed after each census, in 1980, 1990 and 2000, the district lines meandered a bit more, until we got the bizarre and, I think, patently unconstitutional mess we're saddled with now.

I shudder to think what the 2010 map will look like, unless there's enough uproar to get the Illinois Constitution amended to provide for some Iowa-like process before then. But there's all that apathy that the deal-making politicians depend upon when they commit atrocities.

So envision a backroom, maybe won't be smoke-filled these days, the guys sitting around a table. "So you can have Kewanee and those Democrats and we'll take Geneseo and the Republicans." And "We got some Democrats we don't need in the 15th... oh, well we'll use this alley to connect them up the 17th." It's a bi-partisan effort, where the game is to protect incumbents and, after them, their party.

After the most recent round of redistricting, the London news magazine, The Economist, commenting on the nation-wide effort, said ``In a normal democracy, voters choose their representatives. In America, it is rapidly becoming the other way around.''

All too true. Not the way it's supposed to be.

Posted by jcb at May 17, 2006 09:13 PM


The district makes our political parties and their redistricting process look like a gerrymandering joke. And it's a bipartisan program; one party grabs this county and this city, the other party grabs the other turf.
We do need to do more to emulate Iowa, and we need to take some of the politics out of the equation. I know I may be whistling past the graveyard with that idea, since this is Illinois, but a new process is in order.

Posted by: moline dem at May 17, 2006 10:19 PM

Traveling the District as I did, it is not as bad to travel as one might think, as John Sullivan says, you just have to go through a lot of the 18th. The issue is two-fold...

1. Decatur, Carlinville and the small counties in the south have very little in common with RI County. To serve such a diverse group of people reasonably and perform for all is a Herculian task.

2. The map was drawn by politicians with one thing in mind - I need to keep my job! What a shame when our politicians (both sides of the isle) will crap all over us, out of nothing more than self-preservation, and we just take it.

We get shafted in the 17th, but at least Ray LaHood and Lane Evans were secure in their jobs...

Posted by: Jim Mowen at May 18, 2006 06:49 AM

Great stuff jcb

Posted by: Rob Mellon at May 18, 2006 08:59 AM

Funny how all the Evans apologists never raised a question about the district lines when it was designed to help him get elected without campaign shennanigans. (FEC violations)

Posted by: Anonymous at May 18, 2006 01:39 PM

Once Mike Boland's wife is done counting the votes you can be sure there will be new borders for the 17th district once he's soundly in congress.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 18, 2006 02:42 PM

Be prepared for a major endorsement to hit the QC media sometime tomorrow ... It will be a blockbuster endorsement for Mark Schwiebert that may shake up this race for Congress. Stay tuned.

Posted by: Rock Island Democrat at May 18, 2006 11:46 PM

I am holding my breath!

Posted by: KateNelson at May 19, 2006 11:19 AM


Where are the results of Mark Schwiebert's new district wide poll? Can you get them posted for your political audience out here.


Posted by: Moline Dem at May 19, 2006 02:10 PM

Don't know much about the poll. Schwiebert faxed around a news release this morning that said 300 likely voters were polled May 9-12 by Personal Marketing Research.

Results showed Schwiebert and Sullivan as running best against Zinga in the general election, with either winning by a 2-1 margin. Boland did less well than those two, and Hare did less well than Boland, though numbers weren't included.

Posted by: jcb at May 19, 2006 02:26 PM

That new poll should provide Schwiebert with a big burst of momentum as he heads into the final two weeks.

Posted by: Rock Island Dem at May 19, 2006 08:39 PM

Any poll with a higher than 5% error margine in primary election is sort of worthless. Five percent means that the margines could be as high as 10%. To put stock in a PMR poll is to believe that Huff didn't beat Grchan, as Grchan was way up in a late PRM poll.

Although this poll is better than making one up, it is just about as reliable. Anyone that believes that Schweibert is better known that Mike Boland and Phil Hare in a Democratic primary field is crazy!

Figures lie and liars figure!

Posted by: KateNelson at May 19, 2006 08:46 PM

So schwieber tand Sullivan would win by bigger margins that Hare. The results of this flawed poll shows that Hare would also win. The real deal would be if Schwiebert had a poll that showed him ahead with the pricinct committeepeople. Hare is and will be the appointee. It realy doesn't matter what the people think. The party leaders have spoken and Phil Hare will be the appointee hands down.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 19, 2006 10:05 PM

What the new Schweibert poll shows is that Mark Schwiebert would be a much strong candidate -- beating Zinga almost two-to-one -- than Boland or Hare. So if you're a Rock Island County Democrat, of if you are from the northern part of the district, and you want a progressive Democrat who can whip the GOP in the fall ... Schwiebert is the best choice.

That's what this poll shows. The naysayers are hilarious, especially "Kate Nelson".

Posted by: anonymous at May 20, 2006 11:46 AM

I will defend Kate here. I don't think she needs defending but I feel that this is a poll first with way to high of a margin of error. Anything over 5% is junk. This would fall into this catagory. Second it isn't a poll of the precinct committeemen. They are the ones making the decisions. What good is a poll of people that have no say in the matter do for you. Could you please adress these issues.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 20, 2006 04:52 PM

Sure, I'll address your questions. The Schwiebert poll goes to the issue of electability in the general election. With a Governor (Blagojevich) under the radar of several serious investigations and facing a tough GOP opponent, this fall will be tough for both parties. Schwiebert's poll shows clearly and convincingly he's the strongest Democrat against Zinga from the northern part of the district. That's important for the precinct folks voting, because they want to make a smart choice and back a winner from the Quad Cities.
The poll shows Schwiebert is the best choice to back a progressive Democrat from the Quad Cities who can win big in the fall.

I don't see what you don't understand about that.
Pretty self explanatory.

Posted by: anonymous at May 20, 2006 06:32 PM

I hope all precinct folks get their hands on that poll because it is a very important factor in marking their ballots. I'm not sure Schwiebert's campaign is on the ball. Choosing someone who can hold the seat in the blue column is important. The Schwiebert poll should truly shake this race upside down if anyone's awake out there these days. Who cares what the "machine" says -- let's win in November.
I think the "machine" would like that, too!

Posted by: anonymous at May 20, 2006 06:52 PM

Electability, money was spent to determine who could beat Zinga? Let's see...

Hare by 9%
Boland by 12%
Schweibert by 24%
Sullivan by 26%

That'll be $5,000.

A poll to determine what everyone should know - that is clever! Any of the candidates can beat Zinga, why does it seem that the issue of who can best serve all of the 17th is not being discussed? We need someone who understands economic development - please, Dem's give us this (as it's been missing for far too long)!

Posted by: havinfun at May 22, 2006 06:48 AM

I hear, periodically, how this Democrat situation is a big bonus for Zinga (and I have to wonder how short-sighted (ok, dumb) people really are...

This process, although designed to get Hare the nomination, has kept the Democrat contenders in the public eye daily for the last 60-days. Zinga, on the other hand, has been largely invisible throughout the process.

Google any one of the Democrat contenders and you will see that every one of them is getting 40-times the press as Zinga. She is losing ground - and there is not even a candidate running against her!

Posted by: havinfun at May 22, 2006 07:00 AM

I would like to point out unless you see the poll and see where they got the information it is useless. That is why they had the poll done to show what they wanted to show. I can get a poll to say about anything. OK now lets say the poll is legit which we know it is not. Hare is 9% ahead of Zinga. That is because he is the most Democratic. Sullivan and Schwiebert are more republican thinking. These two candidates are going to do better against a republican that nobody wants. I agree that Sullivan and Schwiebert can pull republican voters. You say that is what the machine and the D's would like. Think again. We want a democratic candidate. One that is for a womans choice, labor, the pewople that need the most help not the people that are the richest. Vote Hare for a democrat that will win by 9%.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 22, 2006 08:38 AM

Would like to point out that John Gianulis sent a letter to all precinct committeemen and women telling them to vote their conscience and to try to vote in accordance with the wishes of their precinct. I don't know if he's trying to back away from his endorsement of Phil Hare, but his letter definitely raises some questions.

Posted by: anonymous at May 22, 2006 10:59 AM

I hate to sound like a broken record, but Lane Evans and the RICO delegation of Democrats have not done much to help "the pewople (sic) that need the most help...", in fact their efforts to "help" have been abysmal. RICO is 8th on the list for poverty in IL----we've got to do better than the Evans/Hare/Politburo if we truly want to "help".

"womans (sic) choice" is no longer a legislative matter----it was taken over by the courts at the time of Roe v. Wade, and it is the Senate, not the House that confirms judges.

The unions are dying and will continue to die because they cannot/will not change in order to meet the demands of globalization and the modern world---even George McGovern says so.

PLEASE Dems, give us a Congressman for the 21st Century, not the l970's. Don't give us another out-of-touch, do-nothing Congressman like Evans who will just marginalize our district by espousing policies and ideas that lost relevance in the 80s.

Posted by: paladin at May 22, 2006 11:05 AM

Unfortunatley, Hare-Boland-Schwiebert will have to split RI county votes. Too many candidates from this area. At least one of them should have bowed out. Boland has wanted to be my state rep, state senator, state treasurer, and us congressman just this year alone. Am I missing anything else he wanted to run for?

Posted by: Anonymous at May 22, 2006 12:05 PM

I just heard that these precinct committeemen have to sign their ballots and that some of them are not happy about it. That doesn't sound right to me. Will Don Johnston be publishing who voted for who? How they split their votes? Or does it remain private? I suppose that if it is made public these precinct committeemen will be hearing from people. I feel sorry for them if thats the case.

Posted by: Aunt Clara at May 22, 2006 01:21 PM

Mike Boland needs to stay right there in the Illinois House where he can use his seniority to help the 71st District.

Posted by: anonymous at May 22, 2006 02:05 PM

Aunt Clara -- At the meeting in Galesburg, the question of whether the votes would be public came up, with a couple of committeepeople saying they wanted the list of who voted for who published in the newspapers.

Johnston said the list would be pubic, and available to the press if it was requested.

Posted by: jcb at May 22, 2006 02:40 PM

The votes of the committeemen should be made public. The voters have a right to know who their committeemen vote for.

Posted by: anonymous at May 22, 2006 02:41 PM

Say what you may about Mr. Boland, but he was smart enough to have his wife count the votes.

Mr. Boland's wife's name, M. Boland, was also prominently featured on the mail-in ballot. I can't image that fact will not boost her husbands name identification on the ballot. I noticed that Mike Boland's wife was the only candidates wife whose name was also printed on the ballot.

Moreover, I think M. Boland's decision to allow split votes and requiring committeemen to sign their personal ballots will provide Boland a great advantage as afterwards he will be in a better position to reward or punish those who vote the right or wrong way.

Posted by: TessAnnLane at May 22, 2006 02:47 PM

TessAnnLane, I think the local committeemen have more to fear from Gianulis if they don't vote for Hare, than they do from Boland if they don't vote for him.

Are you really saying Boland has more political power here than Gianulis? Do tell.

Posted by: paladin at May 22, 2006 05:28 PM

I think Boland has been underestimated in this whole process.

1. His House seat mate is State Rep. Mike Smith, Fulton County. Boland might shovel more votes from Fulton than anyone would realize.

2. He has spent the last decade zig zagging throughout the district, visiting every county.

3. His wife has helped Don set up the process with her name on every official piece of paper

4. He has never lost an election, except one in 1986 when Denny Jacobs beat him in a primary.

5. The second highest state constitutional officer is supporting him (Pat Quinn).

This guy may surprise folks on June 6.

Posted by: moline dem at May 22, 2006 09:14 PM

mike boland is going to be the next lt gov... mark my words

Posted by: Anonymous at May 22, 2006 09:26 PM

I will like to say to all of you. If you want to know who to vote for notice who the republican (Paladin) doesn't want you to vote for. Hare. Notice who the republican wants us to vote for Schwiebert and Sullivan. If this doesn't spell the story out then you are a republican also.

Hare the Democrat for the people!

Posted by: Anonymous at May 22, 2006 10:08 PM

I beg to differ with the above anonymous. Republicans want us to vote for Hare because he'll be the easiest to beat in the general election. They dread the possibility that Mark Schwiebert or even Mike Boland will win because they will make a victory over Andrea Zinga look effortless.

Posted by: anonymous at May 22, 2006 11:34 PM

The far left of OUR Democratic Party continues to attempt to silence anyone with a moderate or conservative opinion. Perhaps Paladin is Republican, but not everyone who supports candidates that are not extremely liberal is either Republican or the Party’s enemy. This region is more conservative and moderate than Coastal Liberal. And the leftist factions of the Democrat Party continue to declare war on opposing ideas within the Party. There is a difference between declaring an individuals liberal beliefs and the bullying through the continuing leftist guerrilla attempts to silence the moderate and conservatives of the Party, that was escalated with the liberal bloc attempting to steal the vote from the citizens of this district. It is time for a representative that speaks for the District not just the chosen few Coastal Bootlicker wannabes.

Posted by: NoMorePinocchios at May 23, 2006 08:35 AM

For the record, I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I am a proud member of the anti-partisan Pox On Both Their Houses Party.

Posted by: paladin at May 23, 2006 09:59 AM

Is anyone giving Sullivan a chance. I mean does he realistically have a shot?

Posted by: Anonymous at May 23, 2006 12:23 PM

To anonymous 12:23

I think a lot of people are giving Sullivan a chance in this race; however, Macoupin County, second largest in the CD, struck a blow to him when they decided not to vote in a machine block but rather let everyone vote their own way. Macoupin, by the way, tends to be more machine-like than Rock Island. Hare and labor leaders reportedly put so much pressure on State Sen. DeMuzio that she convinced Mike Mathias to pull the plug on having the Macoupin Machine back Sullivan. Now you'll probably see Sullivan and Hare competing for the majority of Macoupin's votes.

But, having said that, Sullivan sill has some degree of a southern coalition. Schwiebert's last-minute poll may boost the Rock Island mayor a few notches.

Conventional wisdom, for what it's worth, still has this race neck-and-neck between Hare and Sullivan, with Boland, Schwiebert and Mellon trailing, probably in that order.

Posted by: anonymous at May 23, 2006 01:20 PM

This past year Boland has wanted to be my state rep, state senator, state treasurer and us congressman. With so many irons in the fire a 3rd place finish would be so inmpressive!

Posted by: Anonymous at May 23, 2006 03:26 PM

We know who you are voting for so vote your concience and make sure to sign your name.

The Machine!!!

Posted by: Anonymous at May 23, 2006 03:41 PM

With his seniority in the Illinois House, we need him to stay there another ten years to get things done. He should quit playing around with higher office and stay put.

Posted by: anonymous at May 23, 2006 04:04 PM

I'm no political consultant, but the article in the D/A today about Schwiebert's poll had some interesting information. And yes, I know that only 300 likely voters were contacted and there is a 5% margin of error. But still....Zinga's numbers rose from 24% (against top contenders Sullivan and Schwiebert, 49% and 45%, respectively) to 29% against bottom-of-the-barrel candidate Hare's 39%. So it would be a much closer race with Hare in the mix---if you believe this poll.

But still, this mirrors my opinion perfectly. I will vote for anyone but Zinga----unless it's Hare. Maybe this poll indicates that others are thinking my way.

Posted by: paladin at May 23, 2006 05:04 PM

Paladin my family has had tight affiliations to the Democrat Party longer than I have been alive, and that is over fifty years. The Party lost many of them, all life long supporters, in the Reagan Democrat Party split. They are on the verge of losing more with the constant Party kneeling to the Coastal Liberal rule. Not all Democrats are liberals just as not all Republicans are conservative. The European Socialist styled Progressive faction has accomplished control of the Democrat Party. The Illuminati Thinking Neo Con factions have usurped control of the Republican Party. And the rest of us are getting the bulldozer treatment from both sides, of which both claim to have a monopoly on the path to freedom and enlightenment. I used to call myself a Moderate, before that a Conservative and before that a Liberal. But my constant evaluation of my beliefs over the years has made me realize I am not a Liberal, not a Conservative, not even a Moderate but an independent thinking American Citizen searching for the same out of my Party. I like most Americans do not fit into one neatly contrived category requiring a blind allegiance that the two Party's wish to outline as being a good Party member. One size does not fit all!! I have stated in my previous posts (actually it has been more like a "Howard Beale" rant much of the time) that I think both Parties have large issues to overcome, locally and nationally. I also think that if we are to fix the gridlock that keeps this country in shackles we will probably have to have a viable third party rise up and incite the dormant and the zombie induced voters of this country who have grown tired and apathetic at the voting booths from the rhetoric both Parties use as their platforms.

Posted by: NoMorePinocchios at May 23, 2006 09:57 PM

NoMorePinocchios at May 23, 2006 09:57 PM,
Yah right. I think this was a movie with Warren Beatty running for president. What a joke.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 24, 2006 08:04 AM

Don't forget to sign your name on your appointment sheet or your prefferance will not be counted.

Knowing who each committeemen appoints is important. We must maintain party discipline, or our Machine could crumble. Knowing who votes for who the Machine will be able to better determine who gets what, when, why and where.

People complain about the Machine today, but after Congressman Hare is appointed, he will need the MAchine to win the vote.

Posted by: KateNelson at May 24, 2006 10:27 AM

I recieved a call from Evans and it was a great call. It was great to hear his voice. He was very strong sounding and this made me feel very good about appointing Hare. Evans on the mend will be able to help Hare and I have heard that Evans will be Hare's chief of staff.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 24, 2006 04:44 PM

I want to know what will happen now that ballots are missing from the start. Some precinct committeemen have not received theirs. What is procedure. Will any of the returned votes even count?

Posted by: Anonymous at May 26, 2006 09:42 AM

I saw Lane Evans yesterday and he was wonderful. He looked wonderful and he sounded wonderful. It is great to see him doing so well. He will be a true asset to Phil Hare as Phil's chief of staff. He will only be a phone call away from Phil to guide him through the path. We need to support Phil Hare. Lanes health is in the balance. If Phil were to lose this seat it would rob Lane Evans from the carreer he needs and deserves. Please vote Phil Hare. It is a true to gift for us all to get Phil Hare and Lane Evans working together for us. We owe it to the man that we can call a freind Lane Evans.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 30, 2006 01:17 PM

Anonymous 1:17, are you crazy?

Lane Evans would become Phil Hare's Cheif-of-Staff? (and)

'Lane's health is in the balance' - so when Sullivan get's the nod, you think that this will push Lane right over the edge and his health will give out? Is Lane THAT sick, is Lane THAT fragile?

Come on, get a grip! You must just be jerking us around with statements that are that silly.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 30, 2006 03:32 PM

Anonymous 3:32 PM.,

Do YOU really think losing "Lane's Congressional seat" to John Sullivan or Mark Schwiebert would make Lane feel better? Haven't you ever seen when one spouse get sick and passes away in a marriage that the other fails shortly afterwards? Are you so void of human understanding that you are unable to get your mind arounf this concept?

Lane fought for reproductive rights and to ban assult weapons for more than 22 years. Do YOU really think Lane wants someone with total opposite views taking over his chair? Get a grip on yourself!

You are trying to twist the truth and make it something UGLY! Yes, Lane loves his job, and we love him. Yes, Conmgressman Evans has the unmittigated gall to actually care which candidate takes his place in the hallowed halls of the United States Congress.

Appointing "Brother Hare" to the seat will ease the pain and undoubtedly make Lane feel better, not worse.

YOU think of nothing but yourself 3:32 PM. I hate to break it to YOU, but the only person loyal Democrats should worry about right now is Lane.

Thank Heavens that Lane Evans is better and able to help appoint Congressman Phil Hare!

Shame on YOU 3:32 PM. YOU think of nothing but yourself. YOU are a selfish, good for nothing, whinny Republican visibly upset because your candidate doesn't have a job, or a chance!

Why is it that Zinga and Beals don't have jobs? What is this?

Posted by: ThomOverstreet at May 30, 2006 06:20 PM

Thom, please point to anything that I said at 3:32 that makes you think that i "think of nothing but myself, am selfish, good for nothing" - you are an amazing person if you can get all of that out of me questioning the statement that Lane's life lays in the balance of a Hare nomination.

My candidate? Please do not think that I support Zinga. You are very correct, she has no chance. I can think of no worse candidate than Zinga. I am personally mortified that 300-people too many voted for her - and that we are stuck with absolutely no chance to win such a winnable election. Chalk it up to terrible leadership in the Republican party.

Posted by: Anon 3:32 at May 31, 2006 11:04 AM

Beals does have a job. In fact, he had to leave his previous job at the RI Arsenal in order to run.

Zinga, good question. It appears as though running is her job. I do not know if she has been employed in the last 3 or 4 years. Ever since being let go from CNN. Does anyone out there know her well enough, or care enough, to fill in the blanks?

Posted by: havinfun at May 31, 2006 12:37 PM

Who is this James Beals? Does anyone know his background? Other than a couple letters to the editor I've read, I know very little. Does he stand a chance? Are Republicans backing him?

Posted by: GrillMaster Deluxe at May 31, 2006 06:07 PM

James Beals quit his job to run for politcs? Is this guy out of his mind?

If Beals does have ajob, please tell us all where he works? Can't wait to hear this one.

The fact is neither Beals or Zinga are employeed.

anonymous 3:32,

The way you poked fun at a sick man told me everything I needed to know about you. If your not a Republican, you must be one of those non-partisan types in the squishy middle!

Posted by: ThomOverstreet at May 31, 2006 06:33 PM

The local Democratic leaders have been trying to steal the vote option from this District's citizens starting before the Primary. They did manage to dodge a real election. It now becomes the question of are the committeemen brave enough to do what is right and vote against the Gianulis Politburo for attempting to avoid letting the voters choose or will they display a weakness and expose the depth of the corruption and rot the party has decayed to by installing the Politburo's version of fair politics, representation by appointment. The only chance the committee has at saving face is to vote against the Politburos attempt at stealing the election. Anything else is a slap in the face of democracy and the voters of this district.

Posted by: NoMorePinocchios at May 31, 2006 09:56 PM

Are you saying the voters in Rock Island County are stupid? Is that what you saying?

If our Democrat Party is in so much trouble, why do we control every partisan seat in Rock Island County stave one? And if there is corruption in the local Democrat Party please tell us where it is so we can root it out. Wasn't George Ryan just convicted for corruption? Isn't he a Republican?

Chrairman Gianulis is an 83 year old man that has led our party to victory after victory. To suggest that he doesn't know what he is doing, and that you some how do is laughable!

We can't help that Zinga and Beals don't want to work! Are they corrupt, or just John G?

Please advise

I thought you didn't like pinocchios?

Posted by: JanMitten at June 1, 2006 12:33 AM

Thom, I have not 'poked fun' at Lane Evans. I poked fun at the silly notion that Lane is in grave danger if Phil Hare does not get the nomination. Please, take your blinders off and read what is written.

Beals is employed (has replaced the job that he had to leave in order to run)and, yes, he must be insane to leave any job to run for a seat that he cannot win.

Zinga, still unemployed for the past 3+ years - and will be looking for a job after November 7th. Let's hope that she does not think that she is Mark Baker!

Posted by: anon 3:32 at June 1, 2006 07:03 AM

So then anonymous 3:32, what does Beals do for a living? Is he a carney? A dancer? Personal trainer? What?

Since you know so much about Beals and Zinga, please tell us what Beals does for a living? I can't wait to hear this.
Is it a rule that anyone that runs against Sen. Jacobs has to be unemployeed (ie. Rumbler)

Posted by: JanMitten at June 1, 2006 10:02 AM

Please, I am not an apologist for Beals, nor a friend of his. I do know that he has a job, but what it is, I do not know (quite honestly, I really do not even care). Goodness, what does it matter - he has no chance against Jacobs, so why are you so excited about this?

Personally, I think that it is far more relevant that Zinga has not worked for 3-years, was released by CNN (which seems reasonable - she certainly would not have left on her own accord, for nothing but a bad poitical career) and does not seem able to get another job.

Posted by: anon 3:32 at June 1, 2006 11:18 AM