Thursday, January 17, 2008
Personal Aside: Oberweis Not Elected Yet but Still Overreaching?
Michael Sneeds column yesterday rang somewhat true to form where dairy mogul Jim Oberweis is concerned. Long known as a man who is a compulsive candidate who feels he is unfulfilled unless he is elected to something to fill what is evidently a yawning hole in his psyche Sneeds column floated the hint that Oberweis has been telling friends he may only serve one term in the U. S. House as 14th district congressman and will take as his next step a bid to run for governor of Illinois in the next go-round.
The weird thing about that story is that it may very well be true. The arrogance of a candidate for nomination hinting that while not elected yet, he would move on and up the ladder is repugnant. If it is wrong, Oberweis should deny it flatly. He should issue a quick denial and pledge not to fool around in that cavalier a fashion with the job of United States Representative in Congress. If he has said it, he should withdraw immediately from the contest because he has just insulted the electorate. It would be a dirty trick and rates with Denny Hasterts dirty trick of resigning his berth in order to beat a federal law barring him from lobbying a trick that trivialized the Speakership and cost the taxpayers needless money. Now comes what? The strong possibility that his favored candidate would cynically use the post as a springboard for higher office?
If this is true, somebody should get an x-ray of Oberweis head. Here is a guy who tried to bargain Bill Brady into drawing straws to see who would step down in a race for governorwith Oberweis concocting the deal so he had more straws than Brady: a formulation I am not sure I understand yet. A guy who would use the presidency as a stepping stone.
The media ought to find out the answer to this. Regardless of whether its true or not, the better man is Chris Lauzen.