Last week, State Senator Steve Rauschenberger implied that others [Topinka] were to blame for the Alan Keyes fiasco that took place after Jack Ryan dropped out of the U.S. Senate race. Now, there is no doubt that bringing in Keyes was a disaster, pure and simple. However, the good Senator must be suffering from short-term memory loss.
Speaking to the Illinois Coalition for Jobs, Growth and Prosperity , Rauschenberger said:
"The Republican Party in Illinois cannot win next year's general election without reclaiming the ethical high ground with the voters. And frankly, you do not do that with a candidate tied to the legacy of George Ryan, Jack Ryan and the Alan Keyes fiasco and the current Republican national committeeman,"
Now, Steve is a smart guy, so you have to ask yourself, “how is it he is blaming others for bringing Keyes to Illinois, when it was his doing?”
According to a story by Liam Ford in the Chicago Tribune (Subscription Required) on August 14, 2005:
Keyes' entered the race only within the last few days as state Sen. Dave Syverson of Rockford and state Sen. Steve Rauschenberger of Elgin pushed for Keyes' nomination.
On Dec. 4, 2004 Aaron Chambers of the Rockford Register Star echoed the above story.
Some in the party said privately that they view the Keyes candidacy as Syverson's baby and they're preparing to hang a Keyes defeat squarely on the Rockford senator.
Syverson said Rauschenberger suggested they pursue Keyes, and that the move was backed by Fitzgerald. Syverson said he and U.S. Rep. Manzullo, R-Egan, were the first to reach out to Keyes, an account confirmed by Manzullo spokesman Rich Carter.
"Rauschenberger called me and bounced the idea off of me," Syverson said.
Now, it’s clear that Steve, as he did in the Senate race, wants everyone to drop out because it is the only way he can win in March. However, if you’re going to claim the ethical high ground, how about starting by telling the truth?
The following quote is from an October 26, 2004 story posted by the Medill News Service
Republican Steve Rauschenberger:
"I’m supporting Alan Keyes. I think he’s going to do better than people expect. As Keyes has moved on to the Illinois issues over the last few weeks, I think he’s beginning to connect with people. And as people are beginning to understand how liberal Obama is, they're going to be less and less comfortable with him."
Wow...with political instincts like that, is it any wonder Rauschenberger is polling so poorly?