Yesterday, McHenry County Blog featured the origination of JimRod, the two-headed chicken.
We looked at the first 2002 gubernatorial debate. It’s usually sponsored by the Illinois League of Women Voters, but, when I received 5% in the Daily Southtown 1,000-person poll, Jim Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, the two power party candidates, decided to skip it.
The Rockford Register-Star agreed to exclude yours truly, so the first debate was in Rockford.
JimRod was unleashed on the public that day, first in Chicago and, then, in Rockford.
JimRod’s next debate appearance was in Springfield at the Old State Capitol for the radio debate.
JimRod, was being worn proudly this time by Peoria’s Jeff Trigg (who was invaluable in the campaign). I and others stood on the north side of the Capitol. We picked it because most of the TV trucks were parked there.
Rod’s car pulled up, but Rod didn’t enter the Old State Capitol above ground.
He snuck down the sidewalk stairs to the parking garage.
The reason, of course, is that no politician knows how to deal with ridicule.
He didn’t want anyone to take his picture with the guy in the two-headed chicken costume.
Want to get under the thick skin that most politicians have?
Ridicule him or her.
That’s what would have resulted had Blagojevich and JimRod appeared in a newspaper photograph.
Part 3 tomorrow.
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JimRod, the Two-Headed Chicken, cartoon was used in my 2002 Libertarian Party campaign for Illinois governor against Jim Ryan and Rod Blagojevich. Back then both candidates were chickens because they would not debate me and because they would not even walk past me on the way to their power party debates. They went in back or side doors of the debate sites.
Now temporary Governor Rod Blagojevich ducks into cars like the one on the front page of Wednesday’s Chicago Sun-Times. The photograph is a variation of “Where’s Waldo?”