Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Hastert Raises Cash and Questions with Recent Mailings

A story in today’s Roll Call (subscription required) reports that former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), who is expected to retire before the 2008 election, recently sent out a mailer soliciting funds for his campaign committee. The story goes on to explore the various reasons why “the Coach” may be loading up his coffers, and the circumstances under which he may pull the trigger on retirement

Hastert is clearly positioning himself to become a power broker in both his 14th District and throughout the state. In terms of his retirement, Roll Call notes that there are concerns a special election could lead to a free-for-all, and encourage a strong Democratic candidate (not mentioned by name, but presumably Aurora State Rep. Linda Chapa-LaVia) to enter a race that would otherwise require them to risk their current positions. I think they are right, and thus my original prediction that Hastert would force a special election was based on faulty and incomplete reasoning. In regards to the Republican nomination, they speculate that Hastert could follow the example of Illinois Democrats Bill Lipinski and Lane Evans, and run through the primary only to drop out and have his organization push for his chosen successor (reportedly Batavia Republican State Rep. Tim Schmitz).

As someone who was critical of Lipinski and Evans, I’d be very disappointed to see Hastert do the same, especially when there is an effective but far less objectionable alternative available. As Roll Call reminds us, "campaign finance laws allow Hastert to give unlimited soft-money donations on the state and local level in Illinois from his campaign committee." I think it's more likely that he will use his war chest to help Schmitz in a primary by shifting funds to local and state Republican office-holders who agree to endorse him.

Coincidently, such moves could also add some muscle to Hastert’s endorsement of Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney if the Illinois primary is moved up.

Also posted at the Grand Old Partisan of Illinois

11 comments:

Say No Abortion 4:22 PM  

Two wrongs make a right? I thought the Republicans were suppose to do the right thing? As Republican I am disappointed again at J. Dennis Hastert.

The House ethics committee investigation found that Republican (Led by J. Dennis Hastert) leaders were negligent in the page scandle.

Milton 5:56 PM  

Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Will we elect someone apart of the Mormonism, known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith Jr. Smith claimed to have had a personal visit from God the Father at the age of 15, who introduced him to Christ. Jesus then supposedly told him not to join any church because they were all wrong and all the Christian church's doctrines "were an abomination" After Smith's murder in 1844, Brigham Young took the sect to Utah.

Mormonism teaches polytheism (versus monotheism taught in the Bible), believing that the universe is inhabited by many gods.

grand old partisan 9:16 PM  

And your point is.....? We shouldn't vote for him because of his religious beliefs?

grand old partisan 9:17 PM  

"say no abortion," what exactly has Hastert done here that you are disappointed in. What is the "wrong" here?

Anonymous,  1:19 PM  

if I follow this domino effect, who gets Schmitz's old spot as St.Rep. if he moves up the ballot? Maybe Cross has someone like Kevin Williams who ran for Kane Co. Sheriff in mind

Milton 5:16 PM  

Your religious belief is your axiom for everything.

You may secular, as the way you were educated.

Was Mitt Romney rased in Utah?

grand old partisan 8:20 PM  

I believe Romney was raised in Michigan, by his father, George - a well respected and capable business and government leader.

Anonymous,  8:38 AM  

If Schmitz should win municipal leaders may be the obvious successors.


What if Lauzen wins? Or Chapa LaVia?

Milton 8:57 AM  

They are very old money. I knew some in his family; some were in the Beer business. The entire family is well breed, meaning they all are as attractive as Gov. Romney .

Kids, breeding is everything this.

Shalom,

--- Prof. Leland Milton Goldblatt

grand old partisan 9:38 AM  

milty -

is there a point to your ramblings?

grand old partisan 9:03 AM  

Anon 11:14am -

please back up any accusations you wish to make here. Vague slander is not welcome.

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