State Rep. candidate David McSweeney did something that might seem strange on the surface.
He released the results of a 300-person poll to a publication that costs about $300 a year.
That’s Rick Miller’s Capitol Fax.
Although most people probably receive it via computer now, it was designed to provide inside information about Illinois politics.
So yesterday, the McSweeney campaign released the survey results exclusively to Capitol Fax.
McSweeney wasn’t interested in voters reading that he was way ahead of appointed incumbent Kent Gaffney.
He wanted to tell potential Kent Gaffney contributors–those who run Political Action Committees and others who write checks right out of their corporate treasuries–that he was beating the pants off Gaffney and that future contributions to Gaffney would be both
- a waste of money and
- remembered by McSweeney when he took office.
Not a bad strategy.
Attempted intimidation, of course, but this is the stage of the campaign.
If you can keep people off the ballot by convincing them they can’t win, that’s as good as beating them at the ballot box.
Meanwhile, Danielle Rowe was in Crystal Lake Sunday afternoon for the Tea Party demonstration against Outback Steakhouse.