When a candidate refuses to debate an opponent, I figure it is evidence of weakness.
Consider the following from Crain’s Chicago Business:
If Darren Bailey’s performance yesterday at Crystal Lake’s Around the Clock is any indication, the Republican is more than ready to take on Democrat JB Pritzker.
Consider Bailey’s accusation that billionaire Pritzker “has not worked a day in his life.”
Farmer Bailey said he would have no problem saying that to Pritzker’s face.
When I was running for Governor in 2002 as a Libertarian, we knew that the Illinois League of Women Voters would only allow candidates who could show they had at least 5% support in a recognized poll to participate.
For that reason, we went on radio during August and, maybe hard to believe, the largest poll of the year (1,200 surveyed), one by the Daily Southtown, gave us a 5% showing.
Then, Democrate Rod Blagojevich and Republican Jim Ryan decided not to participate in the L of WV debate.
They would debate each other in Rockford.
That day, our campaign rolled out JimRod, the Two-Headed Chicken outside the Thompson Center in Chicago and immediately drove to the debate site in Rockford so that our costomed two-headed chicken could greet people entering the theater.
When the Radio Broadcasters Association held its debate at the Old State Capitol, Republicans gathered at the front of the building, Democrats and Libetarians at the back.
JimRod was there to greet Blagojevish.
As debate time neared, we saw the Democrats move to the street, where, it turned out Chicken Rod scampered down the stairs to the parking garage under the Old State Capitol in order to avoid having a confrontation with JimRod, the Two-Headed Chicken.
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Dan Proft offers the following:
“Governor Pritzker believes his money guarantees him control of government and entitles him to make all media subservient to his government.
“He lords over Illinois through executive orders.
“He sees the Fourth Estate as no different than his equestrian estate in Wellington, FL.
“If he doesn’t like a television ad, it must be taken off the air.
“If he doesn’t like a newspaper, it must not be printed or circulated.
“Lord Pritzker is the truth.
“All commentary that deviates from his decrees shall be expunged and the offending commentators declared illegitimate.
“In short, he is a bedwetting, spoiled brat who thinks an election is about his ambitions rather than Illinois families’ aspirations.”
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After Pritzker’s reaction, the Daily Herald dumped the Proft operation to which Proft replied:
“Little Lord Fauntleroy threw a tantrum and got his way.
“The Daily Herald is just another staffer in Pritzker’s comm shop which masquerades as the Chicago press corps.
“They were exposed as, horror of horrors, capitalists so now they must renounce a longstanding client.
“The whorish response from the Herald is surpsing?
“Like Cato’s Letters, the papers will continue to be printed and distributed even if we have to return to the Gutenberg press and must enlist fair-minded people across Illinois who want the truth, not Pritzker’s ‘truth,’ to hand deliver them door-to-door.
“The truth of Lord Pritzker’s reign will be told.”