PRESIDENT, COOK COUNTY BOARD. ROGER KEATS (R).
Unsurprisingly I’ll vote for Roger Keats for many reasons—his independence when he was a state senator, his good business background, his military experience which gives him intellectual discipline, great on my radio show….and sentimentally because as a staffer `way back in 1972 when I was 10th district chairman for Nixon, he helped immeasurably…before he went to Springfield and became a big success in business.
I’ll vote Republican for all other county offices…with regret. Why regret? Regret that extraordinary candidates as they are, they didn’t get enough funds to fully advertise their abilities. This goes for Roger as well. A dearth of money has always been Republicans’ problem in county races.On to the Congressional races.
3rd DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: DANIEL LIPINSKI (D).
Dan and I stand together on life issues. What’s more I know the heat and pressure he gets from his party to rent out. Well, he hasn’t—and I want to encourage more Democrats to imitate his courage.
6th DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: PETER ROSKOM (R).
Peter is a worthy successor to one of the greatest Illinois Congressmen: Henry Hyde.
8th DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: JOE WALSH (R).
Listen-- if everyone who’s had trouble at one time or another with mortgages votes for Walsh, he’s in. Intellectually acute, instinctively courageous he’s probably the best stump speaker on the ticket, millennium miles ahead of Melissa Bean and was great on my radio show.
9th DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: JOEL POLLAK (R).
This brilliant young man is really something. One of the finest debaters in Illinois….an intellectual but far from a boring ,abstruse speaker….excellent writer of books and thoroughly conversant with domestic and international issues (as he demonstrated on my radio show and will once more this Sunday). Even if he were none of these things I’d vote gladly to get rid of Jan Schakowsky who is my Congresswoman who is one of the most radical Lefties in Congress.
10th DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: ROBERT DOLD (R).
How the 10th District hasn’t wised up to Dan Seals yet is beyond my ken. Who does he remind you of two years ago? Speaks the same sweet generalities, Seals hasn’t really had a job in three years….lists himself as a “business consultant.” He’s a professional liberal stick-figure. Dold wasn’t my first choice in the primary: it was Arie Friedman but Dold is truly representative of what the 10th should be sending to the House and was very impressive on my radio show. This is the 3rd time for Seals. Third time and out I say.
11th DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: ADAM KINZINGER (R).
When she carried the title Majority Leader in the Illinois House, some people thought Debbie Halvorson was doing heavy lifting in that body. Wrongo. When the heat would come on she’d vote “present.” Her time in Washington didn’t even warrant an endorsement from the Illinois Pravda, the Sun-Times. Adam Kinzinger is a bright young military guy who served as a county board member. I endorse him heartily even though his top campaign aide, Brad Hahn (whoever he is) has adjudged one full hour on my WLS radio show doesn’t warrant his appearance. Kinzinger was the only GOP congressional candidate from Illinois not to do so. Well the real reason is this: Hahn used to work for Denny Hastert and apparently took umbrage at my panning the Speaker. I’m enthusiastic about Kinzinger—hugely so. Not in the least about Hahn (“Don’t call us—we’ll call you”) however.
14th DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: RANDY HULTGREN (R). A very good candidate, truly emblematic of the district, a state senator well equipped to replace Harvard Ph.D liberal nuclear scientist Bill Foster who has no religious affiliation and has a 100% rating with the ACLU: tell you something? Hultgren was outstanding on my radio show and will be in the House.
17TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: BOBBY SCHILLING (R).
Pizza restaurant owner and former factory worker Bobby Schilling has turned out to be one of the best campaigners in Illinois…a distinct surprise to the take-it-easy ex-staffer who holds the seat Phil Hare and planned on cruising to victory with the same-old, same-old liberal formulae. Schilling was very impressive on my radio show.