Not all was disappointing to this blog on election night. David McSweeney won handily as GOP nominee in the 8th CDand let it be known that Kathy Salvi, my former student, was a class act calling McSweeney not just for concession but to pledge her support and the fact that she gave him a $1,000 check for his campaign. Thats what I call true sportsmanship Joe Birkett for the Republican Lieutenant Governorship a favorite of this blog (though not running-mate Judy Baar Topinka)
Other optimistic things: the nomination of conservative, pro-lifer Matt Murphy over supposed icon Rita Mullins, the liberal Republican mayor of Palatine, in Senate 27. The defeat of 87-year-old Republican Adeline Geo-Karis, ally of Big Jimbo Thompson, feisty and all that, somewhat endearing but garrulous and tedious as well as cross-eye-edly liberal to Suzanne Simpson in Senate 21
the loss of Pamela Mitroff, Personal PACs darling in House 95 (I hope she made him spend it all)
The so-called Unity Breakfast started on a downer, with Judy being a bad winner (as she was a bad debater), shucking off any attempt to ditch Bob Kjellander which would at least have been a unity pretext. The fact that conservativesOberweis and Bradypolled 51 percent compared to social liberals Topinka and Gidwitzs 49 percent shows that the GOP is almost evenly split: which after the successive terms of Thompson, Edgar and G. Ryan, indicates some growth. Also this undeniable truth:
After Bill Brady won the Conservative Summit endorsement, there was a supposed unity meeting which attempted to build a unified ticket. Neither Oberweis or Brady agreed to a reshuffle. All well and good. But the meeting seemed to be an impetus for Brady to raise money to become in fact as in theory the conservative choice. He did not or could not produce the money and during the summer and early Fall he rejected steadily either the need for raising money or the fact that he could not, proclaiming he could win anyhow. His inability to raise requisite funds would normally lead him to pull out in favor of Oberweis. In fact I tried to raise money for him since at the Summit after supporting Birkett, I agreed to endorse Brady. I failed. Nevertheless, Brady decided to wing it, shucked off any implication that he would be a spoiler.
But then he became onein fact as in deed: using his candidacy to attack the other conservative in the race, Oberweis. Why he was hitting Oberweis rather than his liberal opponents mystified me. How could he hope to get conservative votes by assailing the only other conservative. Wouldnt it have made more sense to go after either Gidwitz or Topinka? I still dont have the answer to that one.
His growing closeness to Topinka as the campaign unfolded became clear. I dont imply a deal and conspiracy theories arent my bag, but it was a strange strategy if strategy it was. On election night, while the Cook county returns were still out, Brady called Topinka and convinced her to proclaim victory following which Brady made his concession. Then at the Unity Breakfast there was this magical kiss between Topinka and Brady with Topinka whispering something in Bradys ear. Ve-r-y in-t-er-es-ting.