One Month from Circulating Petitions for Congress and Other Partisan Offices

From Former Quigley Supporter:

6th and 14th Congressional Districts Updates 8/3/19

One Month from Today for the March 17, 2020, General Primary Election

Oberweis Campaign Has Another Unforced Error

On Thursday, there was an exchange in the comments at Geneva, and 14th congressional district resident Jeff Ward on his blog, The First Ward.  The screenshot is below:

So what took place Thursday (August 1) on Oberweis’ campaign Facebook page?

It started with this post:

And there it was, the candidate’s campaign page attempting to respond with a dictionary definition, instead of leaving well enough alone. 

My guess is, the campaign staffer/volunteer did not know whom Jeff Ward is, and after Ward’s 2nd response, the campaign did not respond. 

There shouldn’t have been a first response.

Oberweis needs to take a lesson from 6th district candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti, and her Facebook page. 

Usually when she/her campaign post a meme in Facebook, there are between 200 to 300 comments, most of them negative against Sanguinetti’s post. 

I’ve not seen Sanguinetti’s campaign attempt to engage the responders. 

Her campaign posts its meme and had done with it.

The kind of exchange Oberweis had on Thursday is not the first time he/his campaign let their enthusiasm to address something in social media go bad. 

Back in June, Oberweis engaged Island Lake resident and now James Marter supporter Joe Ptak, on Ted Gradel’s Facebook page.

Oberweis’ congressional campaign, almost from day 1, have committed numerous unforced errors which would need an entire article to enumerate. 

As Ward said in his response to me, Oberweis’ campaign can use some professional guidance, which is puzzling given Oberweis’ successful track record in business.

A congressional campaign, especially for a district that could determine which party controls the U.S. House is the “big leagues” of campaigns. 

It’s not a local county board race or township trustee race. 

As we move into the post-Labor Day petition-circulating period next month, may all of the congressional campaigns rise to the occasion and show their integrity, professionalism and organization because the only way the 2 Democratic incumbents will be unseated in 2020 is with all of that, and millions of dollars to get that message out.

Back in the heyday of print media, there was an old saying, “Never pick a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel and paper by the ton.”  

While blogger Jeff Ward is no longer in print media, he literally wrote the book on winning campaigns at the local level, with applicability to congressional campaigns, too. 

Well, Ward wrote a book.

Excellent Resource for Running a Local Campaign Which Can be Adapted to a Congressional Race

With petition circulation beginning a month from now, anyone thinking of running for office should at least check this out.

This was the book, which was officially released for sale this past Tuesday, July 30, Jeff Ward and I exchanged comments in the above update concerning Oberweis, and it has a chapter about social media and dealing with trolls:

Great to see a blogger publish their first book.  Check it out for yourself.
Book site link:

Majority of House Democrats Now Support Socialist Single Payer Medicare-for-All

With thanks to the Congressional Leadership Fund SuperPAC, I just learned last month, the Medicare-for-All legislation in the House crossed a dubious threshold. 

Half of the House Democratic Caucus support the House bill as sponsor and co-sponsors:

It’s not just impeachment inquiry support that has 118 Democrats in favor.

So with 117 cosponsors, plus the sponsor, Congresswoman Parmila Jayapal (D, WA) who co-chairs the House Progressive Caucus, H.R. 1384 has half of the Democrats in the House support.

Neither Congressman Sean Casten or Congresswoman Lauren Underwood are among the cosponsors.

This is how extreme the Democratic Party, led by progressives, has become and we did not just witness it among the Democratic presidential debate participants this past week.

That alone scares me even though Casten and Underwood do not support it.

As I said in a comment in the Underwood McHenry County appearances article, Single-payer Medicare-for-All is extreme.

I’m sure I am not alone.


One Month from Circulating Petitions for Congress and Other Partisan Offices — 19 Comments

  1. Medicare for All is the answer. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  2. Angel, but what is the question?

    Is it “How do we take away Americans’ right to choose private insurance carriers and their doctors from outside the government’s control?”

    Socialized medicine, and that is what Medicare for All is, is an abomination.

    Abomination because there is no way to pay for it without taxing the heck out of everyone.

    Keep Medicare for its original purpose.

  3. Anyone that thinks Jeff Ward matters completely discredits themselves.

    The guy is unemployed for a reason.

    Cal, why do you repost this drivel?

  4. It’s so much easier to falsely say something and not have to defend it rather than have to defend your false stupid statement.

    Great winning advice, FQS.

    Maybe these people shouldn’t say stupid things that can’t be defended?

    I hope FQS can manage one of the GOP of the congressional candidates for 14 or 6.

  5. “How do we take away Americans’ right to choose private insurance carriers and their doctors from outside the government’s control?” Good try at deflection but this right wing talking point is completely discredited. The next time you pray ask Jesus Christ for some clarification on the issue. Perhaps the Scriptures will tell you how the Jewish Carpenter asked for private insurance coverage, deductibles, and co-payments before delivering healing to fellow human beings. Or perhaps He didn’t. We do not have the right to choose private insurance; that is a republikkklan talking point. We have a human right to health care which is currently being hijacked by corporate criminals to make obscene profits out of human pain and suffering; and that is an abomination. Even right wing think tank studies demonstrate that Medicare for All will save trillions of dollars in health care costs; that the savings to American families from not having to pay insurance premiums, deductibles, co-payments, and the high cost for medications far exceed the increase in taxes. But republikkklans fanatics do not care; they ignore the savings component of the equation and only focus on the taxes, misinforming (lying to) the American people and perpetuating the confusion. Expand Medicare and stop lying to protect the profits of immoral CEO crooks. republikkklans quickly turn into scare tactics with the terms “Socialized medicine” or downright “Communism”. Medicare is not socialized medicine and they know it, but they do not care. In a socialized medicine system the government owns the health care facilities and health care workers are government employees. Medicare makes the government a single payer insurer, but hospitals and other health care facilities are privately owned. And yes, it is encouraging more and more Congressman and Congresswoman are sponsoring this bill and we must continue the pressure to make Honorable Congresswoman and accomplished nurse Lauren Underwood, and Honorable Congressman and accomplished businessman Sean Casten co-sponsor it. In the meantime, let us keep praying to see the light on this issue. Pray, pray, pray. tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  6. Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain:

    “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

    Let those in the U.S. who long for socialism (with a path toward communism) apply for immigration to Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, China, etc. Adios fools.

  7. Lauren Underwood has proven that she is not a capable Congressman.

    In, fact she failed miserably at her job.

    Pray that the people see the light about the failures of Lauren Underwood.

  8. Remember that mysteriously unknown very famous American my Sociology and Political Science professor used to quote to pretend he is color blind? Well, now that my professor went trans-Atlantic in serach of quotes to justify capitalism and unregulated free markets, here is another quote from that mysterious famous American whose mere mention of his name makes my professor cringe: “We all too often have socialism for the rich and rigged free market capitalism for the poor.” Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  9. More from that dangerous socialist: “If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty and make it possible for all of God’s children to have the basic necessities of life, she too will go to hell.” Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  10. This socialist was definitely an out of control dangerous menace. Read this: “The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.” Tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  11. Let us hold a prayer vigil next January 15 to protest this anti-American. Read what he had to say about almighty capitalism: “You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry. Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism.”

  12. The Jim Oberweis campaign:

    “Socialism has failed everywhere it has been implemented.

    The free market is the only way to create opportunities to innovate and prosper, and to protect individual liberty.

    When Jim goes to Congress, he will be a strong champion of a free market.”

    “Capitalism turns luxuries into necessities.

    Socialism turns necessities into luxuries.”

    “Socialism is any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.”


    It seems Mr. Ward does not define the US economy as a Capitalist economy, but rather a mixed economy, with Capitalist and Socialist characteristics.

    Is that his point?

  13. “Insider”, just because you do not like Jeff Ward, you have the right to try to discredit him with your ill-chosen words, and with your 1st amendment right comes the responsibility when you are proven wrong.

    How Ward is provided for by God is his business, and at age 60 Ward is pursuing things in life with his wife and children that may not be a success in many people’s eyes, but he is doing what he wants to do and God provides for his family, so more power to him.

    To finally put his years as a journalist, successfully managing local election campaigns with an 88% win rate, and publishing his first book using real life examples from recent campaigns, he should be applauded, especially if his teachings help someone else.

    But seeing how Ward had a part to play in rooting-out corruption in the Kane County state’s attorney’s office recently to the point that the 2-term incumbent will not seek a 3rd term, and a sitting circuit judge is giving up the bench to run for state’s attorney next year, means Ward in his way is impacting the community.

    In a sense, Ward is a one-man Edgar County Watchdogs, and I already know the Watchdogs and Ward do not like each other.

    And then there is how he recently played a part with the city of Aurora’s wise decision in reference to the Wayside Cross Ministry.

    You can read about the KCSAO and Wayside Cross on his blog

    If you don’t like Jeff Ward, whether because maybe you might be an Oberweis supporter, or maybe because he has political views that are closer to Angel R. Llavona than yours and mine, it’s your prerogative.

    But I’m thankful Cal allowed me to talk about Jeff Ward, and what happened with the Oberweis campaign. I’m thankful because I’m hear to tell the truth, not tickle ears.

    And the truth really does set us all free.

  14. I always skip angel’s drivel.

    He needs a mental wellness check tho

  15. Oberweis thinks it’s fun to run for something.

    But he doesn’t do anything too strenuous.

    He doesn’t really campaign.

    And once he’s in, he doesn’t do much either.

    Sorry but that’s the truth.

    Of course, like Fatty Pritzk, he never really worked for anything, but unlike Fatty, his heart is in the right place.

    They would both starve if set upon a deserted island.

    Fatty would survive longer tho bc he’s much fatter.

  16. An earlier poster, I forgot who (my apologies) wrote that our evil freeloader angel L. Gets paid by Franks something like 4 cents a word to post here.

    That really makes sense and explains a lot. Poor Franks, he whines about how threatened he is by the TRUTH.

    Yes, Jack is another Fatty Pritzk, he ‘can rely on the old man’s money’ …. Like the old Hall & Oates song ‘Rich Girl’

    We are just sheep to Franks, to be fleeced and used. Who did he learn that from?

  17. Objection! I will never work for less than $15/hour. Go Bernie 2020! Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  18. Back to the exchange between the Jim Oberweis campaign and Jeff Ward about capitalism and socialism.

    The following article is a three page summary of the differences between the capitalism and socialism.

    It concludes by introducing the concept of mixed economies.


    The Balance Small Business

    Differences Between Capitalism and Socialism

    by Rosemary Peavler

    updated May 21, 2019

    “Mixed Economies

    Many countries have mixed economic systems with elements of both capitalism and socialism.

    In the U.S., predominantly a capitalist system, there are many government-run programs, notably Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare.

    In many socialist countries, as in Sweden, there are also still private businesses.”

  19. Economies v Programs

    The Oberweis campaign was talking about Capitalism v Socialism economies, while Jeff Ward responded with social programs in the US Capitalist economy.

    Just because Mr. Oberweis is a proponent of Capitalism does not mean he’s against all social programs.

    Just as a proponent of Socialism is likely not opposed to all capitalist programs.

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