Monday, November 06, 2006

In Illinois 10th, Vote for Mark Kirk

Earlier posts have focused on why Dan Seals, candidate for Congress from Illinois' tenth congressional District, is wrong for Congress and wrong for the North Shore. Since he's a newcomer, we really never took off the gloves, thinking that politics should be a gentlemen's game. If you want more, you will have to go looking yourself, although there are a number of clues sprinkled among the links on the pages of this blog. As the kids say, "That's what Google's for," and you will find that even a review of Seals own webpages and his links yields interesting results.

Seals' opponent is Mark Kirk, a three term Congressman who, unlike Seals, has deep ties to the district. Kirk is endorsed by every newspaper, including the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald, the Pioneer Press and the News Sun up in Waukegan. For a quick read of the reasons for endorsement, just click here.

Seals, whose support comes from the usual sources of Democrat funding and from entrenched Democratic politicians, has had the luxury of being a full-time candidate for Congress for the past year. Six years ago Congressman Mark Kirk, then Congressman John Porter's Chief-of-Staff, beat out nine other candidates in a hotly contested primary. Since that time he has unified both Porter's independent base and supporters of his opponent's primary campaign. This has not been an easy task, and is one more reason why Mark Kirk is right for Congress and right for the North Shore.


Anonymous IL-10 Democrat said...

Kirk will lose on Tuesday. He is already behind in the polls. There are many reasons for which deserves to lose. Most important among them, he has been a rubber stamp supporter of Bush on the Iraq war. He also sided with the radical right in the congress in the Schiavo case. IL-10 needs change like the rest of the country. Dan Seals is a surprisingly strong and refreshing candidate, and he will be a great new congressman.

Nov 5, 2006, 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Dems United for Kirk said...

From my understanding, that "winning" poll was taken ONLY in Northbrook, a small portion of the district. "Siding with the radical right" in Shiavo is just nuts--putting Mark Kirk in a category with no lesser uminary than Jesse Jackson, Jr.--a solid Democrat--hardly makes him a member of the radical right. And its easy to be "refeshing" when nobody in any Civic Organization or other organization in the district, or anywhere near the District heard of him prior to last fall. Please, show me a "Director of Marketing" who has ever worked that job without some visible presence of his involvement on the Internet. There is a gaping hole in Dan Seals' resume and that has never been explained.

Nov 5, 2006, 1:03:00 PM  
Anonymous IL-10 Democrat said...

No, thats not true. The last poll that shows Seals winning 48 to 46 was THE largest poll with 1002 registered voters all over IL-10. I noticed that you avoid responding to what I wrote about Iraq, because you know well that what I wrote is true: Mark Kirk has been a rubber stamp for the disastrous actions of Bush on the Iraq war.

P.S. Oh, and please,dont pretend to be "dems united for Kirk". There are no democrats supporting Kirk in this election. It is the other way around, many republicans have switched their support to Seals, because they dont like the way Bush (and his rubber-stamp) Kirk have been handling Iraq.

Nov 5, 2006, 1:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up with Mark Kirk, we attended Joseph Sears School and New Trier East together (NTE '77). Not only is Mark a very intellegent man but he has the types of life experiences that are in too short a supply among our politicians these days. When we were first out of college I encounted Mark on an el platform, it was always great to see him and this time was no different, that evening Mark was just back from London for the Christmas holidays. Mark was working for an MP, a British Member of Parliment. Another time when I ran into Mark he told me that he had joined the Navy. Let me put it this way, there were not very many 4-level New Trier and college grads from Kenilworth enlisting in the armed forces during the 1980s. We all later found out that Mark flew in, rather he still flies in AWACS planes. As a resident of Chicago who was a registered Democrat when we still had party registration in Illinois (I vote in the Democratic primary, the party declaration is made at the polling place) I have supported Mark financialy and otherwise (his sign is on my lawn) since his first primary. Despite reading both the Trib and the Sun Times every day I cannot figure out what Seals stands for other than the fact that he is not Mark Kirk and that he is a 35 year old (former?) banker from Evanston. The former is obvious and the later seems nice but altogether unimpressive. I have seen some of the ads for Mr. Seals and they have also told me that Mr. Seals is not Mark Kirk and that Mark Kirk votes with the President X% of the time. Again,like Oakland California, there is no there there. I know that it doesn't matter, as I will be casting a vote for Rahm Emanuel in the AM, but I'm perplexed that the Democrats of the district aren't more supportive of an experienced and smart centrist like Mark. It really strikes me that the only thing that Seals has over Mark is that he is a better looking guy than Mark.

**I found this blog today following up on a WSJ article concerning some groups taping polling places and found the Friday post. Thanks.**

Nov 6, 2006, 5:45:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Thanks, Anonymous for stopping by. You Kenilworth guys always ranked with the brightest and best. I see Mark around, too, but I never ran into Dan Seals.

Nov 6, 2006, 8:10:00 PM  
Anonymous david said...

Here's why I voted for Kirk:

Nov 7, 2006, 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger Publia said...

Hi David,
Thanks for stopping by. Your article on Mark Kirk was great. I considered, and rejected doing a post on the Israel issue, mostly because I'm not Jewish. Your post hits the nail directly on the head. I couldn't have said it better or more succiently. Thanks for providing the link to your blog for my readers.

Nov 8, 2006, 4:49:00 AM  
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