An interesting post on candidate Danny Malouf’s campaign Facebook page was posted earlier on Monday, citing the following:
“How important is transparency from your congressional candidates? It appears as though only one other candidate in the 14th District is transparent enough to put much of their platform in writing. And no one is willing to answer some of these tough questions (pictured), qualifying their commitment to supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States.
“If this is the level of transparency as candidates, we know what to expect if they become elected representatives.Danny Malouf Facebook Post 10/14/19
“While a feel good video, a slew of photo opportunities, and safe talking points are nice and secure, politics is about policy. There’s a lot of talk but nobody’s really saying much.
“So, what are they waiting for?”
The post itself raised a point that only one of the other candidates in the 14th district had significant content on their campaign website. Malouf’s post received a response asking him to name the competitor Malouf was talking about. Here is Malouf’s response, which he posted Monday night:
“While I don’t believe anyone else has answered these tough questions, Jim Marter appears to be the only other candidate with actual content on his webpage.Danny Malouf Facebook response 10/14/19
“I think it’s still safe to say I’m the only Constitutional option.”
Here is the grid/picture of “tough questions” Malouf included with the Facebook post to prove his point. It is one he first started using in the summer. It does not include Anthony Catella or Catalina Lauf, but does include Sue Rezin:
Given Malouf’s Facebook response was time-stamped for early Monday evening, Marter’s campaign website was checked to see if he had published something new in platform positions or policy/position papers. Nothing new there, except the same talking-points, short-answer platitudes and bromides.
Much like Malouf’s answers too, no position papers citing current laws or legislation, just abstracts applying a constitutional principle, many times unstated, but no substance.
COMMENTARY: Going back to Malouf’s quotes:
“…politics is about policy. There’s a lot of talk but nobody’s really saying much.Danny Malouf, 10/14/19
“So, what are they waiting for?”
Malouf is 100% right about policy, and McHenry County Blog has been saying the same about all of the candidates, including Malouf and Marter, for quite some time now.
None of the 14th district candidates at this point have detailed, well-researched position papers on current laws, legislation and proposals they would support on the major issues.
Jim Oberweis and Ted Gradel have talking-points issue statements on their campaign websites, though no position statement papers. Anthony Catella has nothing on his website, except his introductory campaign video link.
Sue Rezin and Catalina Lauf do not have detailed policy positions on their websites, but both have said they’d be launching their detailed platforms during October. Rezin said this when her campaign launched on July 9, and Lauf stated last week in a podcast.
And a reminder, Malouf raised the least amount of money in the 3rd quarter at $489. Even Catella raised nearly $100 more. If Malouf is thinking about leaving the race given his fundraising, looks like Marter would be the recipient of his support, provided Marter stays in the race if his fundraising is not competitive.
Put another way, nobody is quite literally buying Malouf’s statement he has said the most. Indeed, based on the level of support through campaign contributions, it’s quite the opposite and that assessment is the easiest to believe.
We’ll know the numbers by tonight for all of the candidates, given today is the deadline for filing 3rd quarter reports to the FEC. We’ll see which candidates donors are literally buying into and who they are not.
We’re not here to tickle ears, just to tell the truth.