It’s probably because I met Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s GOP opponent Isaac Hayes at the Family PAC cruise last month that I am following with more than casual interest the deteriorating political fortunes of the incumbent.
Thre out of the last seven days the Chicago Sun-Times has had an unflattering front page featuring Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Today, the Chicago Sun-Times ran the third negative front page article on Jackson.
In addition, there was an editorial entitled,
Time for Rep. Jackson
to speak up, clear air
Will the next time Jackson’s name appears in a Sun-Times editorial be the one saying that the paper cannot endorse someone like him, even though they know he will probably win re-election?
So, you’re running for Congress in a district which the New York Times’ elections’ econometrician says has 100% odds of electing a Democrat.
And the Democrat on the ballot is tarnished Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Jackson is so tarnished by the allegations that his people were willing to raise $6 million if disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich would appoint Jackson to fill out Barack Obama’s U. S. Senate term that one would think he would just keep his mouth shut.
But he doesn’t.
When rumors surface that the Feds are still looking at him, Jackson says,
“Bring it on.”
You’re name is Isaac Hayes and you are a principled young man without a mistress or other bad marks on your name except that you running on the Republican Party ticket and, gasp, you believe in traditional family values. (See “Isaac Hayes Calls Out Jesse Jackson, Jr.“)
Isaac Hayes being interviewd on Channel 7 on the Six O'Clock News.
Besides egging on the Federalies, he apparently caught the attention of crack Chicago Sun-Times’ reporters Natasha Korecki, Chris Fusco and Lynn Sweet. That led to the following front page coverage:
The second negative front page story in a week appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times Tuesday.
Here’s Jackson’s statement about the continuing investigation about his seeking the U.S. Senate seat and his presumed mistress:
“The allegations about fundraising and the Senate seat are not new. I’ve already talked with the authorities about these claims, told them they were false, and no charges have been brought against me. The very idea of raising millions of dollars for a campaign other than my own is preposterous. My interest in the Senate seat was based on years of public service, which I am proud of, not some improper scheme with anyone.
“The reference to a social acquaintance is a private and personal matter between me and my wife that was handled some time ago. I ask that you respect our privacy.
“I know I have disappointed some supporters and for that I am deeply sorry. But I remain committed to serving my constituents and fighting on their behalf.”
Before we left the dock, I was downstairs getting a Diet Coke.
Husband Derrick Crenshaw accompanied his candidate wife Cedra on the cruise. Here they are talking to Michael Carbone.
That’s when I figured out that Fox TV media star Cedra Crenshaw was on board.
I didn’t figure it out from her name. Her tag had a district number on it, which, to me, meant nothing. I asked where her district was and she mentioned Bollingbrook and another town on I-55. It wasn’t until she
Richard Hamen is running against Elaine Nerkritz.said Joliet was in her district that I figured out her celebrity status.
Needless to say, she will need money to stand a chance. She probably needs money to pay off the attorneys who got her on the ballot when two Will County Democratic office holders knocked her off for partisan reasons.
You can contribute on her web site. I hope she follows my suggestion and starts handing out envelopes at events like this.
Another candidate I met below decks was Richard Hamen.
His campaign handout has a broom with the slogan,
“Let’s Clean House!”
Richard Hamon talks with Wheeling Township's Lisa Smith and former State Rep. Penny Pullen.
How reminiscent of House Speaker Mike Madigan’s Illinois State Fair Talk in 2002 after George Ryan had decided not to run for re-election during the run-up to his indictment.
We were off to Lake Michigan.
Leaving the lock between the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The tethered balloon is next to Navy Pier, close to where our boat was docked.
I started making jokes about how we were doing what people feared the Asian carp would do. There were lame, probably blocking the dismay I shall feel if our generation allows the Asian carp into Lake Michigan and it ends up dominating its ecology.
People enjoyed the warm weather with a breeze to keep them comfortable.
We passed the lighthouse.
Navy Pier was on the port side of the boat heading into Lake Michigan.
It is across the locks from Navy Pier.
Barrington’s Jim Finnegan wanted me to remind McHenry County readers that State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) personally prevented the Choose Life license plates from getting a vote in the committee he chairs in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Jim Finnegan holds up a mock-up of the Choose Life license plate, the proceeds beyond the licensing fee would go to support adoption agencies.
We headed north past Navy Pier where I got a couple of shots of the John Hancock Center. It was a bit dark for good ones and the rocking boat added another difficulty.
Chicago skyline at dusk north of Navy Pier.
United States Senator Jim DeMint had finished his talk on the top deck and came down below.
Senator Jim DeMint talked to some of the poeple below decks after his speech.
Yesterday, I started telling you about my annual Family PAC cruise. I ended that installment before we boarded the boat.
14th District Congressional candidate Randy Hultgren and his wife Christy.
Before walking up the gangplank, I got a couple more politicians’ photos. Next was Randy Hultgren.
Betsey and Rich Morthland, Rock Island County Board member and state representative candidate in the 71st District.
I met Rich Morthland and his wife Betsey on the dock.
He’s the only Republican on the Rock Island County Board, but he flexed his political muscles and managed to get “dramatically” higher salaries for his countywide candidates completely rolled back. I think this was during the time that Governor Pat Quinn was raising his employees in the 20% range. He must have gotten great local press.
Baby Jerry is the star in this photo of State Senator Bill Brady talking to John O'Neill. His wife Basia is holding the child.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady arrived.
Algonquin's Gene Brown was one of many who talked to the top GOP candidate on the cruise, Bill Brady. Mark Kirk did not attend.
You can guess that Brady was a big attraction. He stayed for the whole cruise.
Trying to find the politicians, I stood next to the gang plank. There I found Richard Grabowski, who is running for state representative in the Oak Lawn area.
Hard to escape the cameraman standing next to the gangway, right state rep. candidate Richard Grabowski?
Issac Hayes, running against Jesse Jackson, Junior.
Even those no longer holding or seeking office could not escape the camera clicker. Next was Family PAC Executive Director Paul Caprio’s long-time friend and former Illinois Republican National Committeeman Bob Kjellander.
Former Huntley School Board member Shawn Green was next up the boat ramp.
I caught Kirk and Stephanie Dillard before they made it to the walkway up to the boat that would take us out for a Lake Michigan cruise.
Right after they arrived, I got this shot of State Senator Kirk Dillard and his wife Stephanie.
In any fair world, Isaac Hayes, the Republican opponent to Congressman Jesse Jackson, Junior, would be getting some attention.
The South Side Republican gave a rousing speech to those on the Family PAC cruise on a completely delightful summer evening on Lake Michigan Tuesday night.
“Senator Number Five,”
was the way Hayes referred to the man whose father was called “Jesse James” by an afternoon female WBBM Radio news reader last week before the CBS News at the top of the hour as he was calling for Mayor Richard Daley to create 1,000 new policeman out of an empty budget.
Regardless of his ability to give a speech that stirred Republicans on the boat, Hayes’ election effort is being ignored by the great “mentioners” in Chicago’s media.
Even though Rod Blagojevich’s brother Rob is wishing out loud that Jesse Jackson, Jr., had been forced to answer questions on the witness stand.
The diminished reputation of Jesse Jackson, Junior, is reflect in the small head shot near the bottom of the Chicago Sun-Times article
Even though everyone thinks Jesse, Junior, is dead politically.
Except in his own congressional district, where, apparently, the mainly white “mentioners” don’t think he will have any problem whatsoever getting re-elected.
If a suburban Republican had had as much evidence of wrong-doing revealed as Jesse, Junior, he or she would be being attacked daily by the Chicago media.
Or even less.
Wait, that’s what’s happening this year to Mark Kirk.
Coverage has strayed so far from the issues that Kirk has being attacked for not remembering what happened when he was in a sail boat accident at age 16.
With the allegation that Jesse, Junior’s Indian-American supporters were talking about buying the Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat for their man, wouldn’t you think reporters would be looking closely at other campaign contributions and how they relate legislative actions?
But Chicago reporters don’t do that to liberal Democrats, do they?
They have barely touched the surface with 8th District Democrat Melissa Bean, for instance.
Where’s the call she give back the money that she took from ethics-challenged Charlie Rangel?
Have I missed it by not reading the editorials of the Daily and Northwest Heralds unless someone cuts and pastes them into an email they send to me?
Somehow, I doubt it.
Thanks for showing the Republican flag, Isaac Hayes.