Friday, October 6, 2006
Personal Asides: Cosgrove-Caprio to Lecture at My Roosevelt U Course Channel 5s Political Analyst Phil Rogers to Speak at Roosevelt
The two major adversaries in Illinois who fight brilliantly on the same turf will address my Roosevelt U class at the same time. Terry Cosgrove is the executive director of Personal PAC, a well-financed organization devoted to electing and retaining legislative and gubernatorial candidates who favor abortion rights. I have known Terry for a long time and while we dont agree on a single thing we discussed this the other day and neither one of us could think of any issue where wed be on the same side I have great admiration for his political and strategic skills. His agenda also supports, I believe, those who fight for gay rights.
Standing toe-to-toe with him is a man Ive called friend for many yearsPaul Caprio, director of Family PAC, the exact opposite of Personal PAC. Family PAC (of which I was chairman some years ago) raises money and supports candidates who are pro-life, opposed to special rights for gays. Paul also is head of Family PAC Federal which raises money for congressional candidates. Both Cogrove and Caprio heaved sighs of relief when I said they would not have to take time from their many campaigns to lecture but would do so at the 7 p.m. hour on November 16, after election. Then they will be able to sit back and reflect on their respective strategies and whether or not they worked out. Theyve been my guests before and are excellent. I thank them for agreeing to appear. The point is not to rekindle the interminable debates on the social issues as to whos right, whos wrongbut to give the class in-depth procedural insights into how they lobby and raise money. Sometimes when tempers fray I have to remind them of that as well as some class members.
One of the most TV journalists and political analysts in this state is Phil Rogers of WMAQ-TV Channel 5 who for years stayed on the trail of former Governor George Ryan. Phil is an engaging fellow with an immediate sense of humor who loves politics, reports it well and knows what hes talking about. He will follow Rich Miller who has the hour earlier, himself probably one of the best versed journalist on state politics and certainly the hardest working one. That evening will be a double treat. Phil Rogers will lecture on December 7 at 7 p.m.