Didn’t sound like the Mary Pat I know.
Turned out it was a robo-call in support of Andy McKenna for governor.
It talked about Jim Ryan’s having supported a $5.5 billion tax hike. I presume this was when he was on the board of the union-financed not-for-profit tax hike advocacy organization run by Ralph Matire.
Mary Pat told me how Kirk Dillard had raised taxes millions of dollars, presumably by being one of the three DuPage County defectors who supported the tripling of the RTA sales tax rate in the collar counties.
This quote was attributed to Dillard about some tax matter, but I didn’t catch which one:
“What’s the big deal?”
So, what’s the message of this little bit of campaigning.
First, it interrupted a call I was having with a Crystal Lake number on a different exchange.
Second, when talking to an acquaintance in southern Kane County, he had gotten the call, too.
So, it’s probably going to Republicans throughout the suburbs.
But there’s something more importantly.
It signals that McKenna’s polling shows the governor’s race in the Republican primary has narrowed down to three people:
- Kirk Dillard
- Andy McKenna
- Jim Ryan
In December, the Chicago Tribune poll said Ryan was leading by over 2-1, but still in the middle 20 percentage range.
So, if you think Jim Ryan can’t win in November and you want a Republican elected, the choice pretty much narrows down to McKenna or Dillard.
I had previously thought that Bill Brady might be one that could catch up with Ryan, but this robo-call does not indicate that is the case.