Thursday, January 17, 2008

Seals: In Search of (Your Spare) Change

The man pictured above, whose name is Dan Seals, is running for Congress in Illinois' 10th Congressional District. He is a Democrat, and he is the favored candidate of his party in the upcoming primary. Unfortunately, he isn't bothering to run in the district where he lives, the nearby 9th Congressional District. The Chicago Tribune reports that he says he can't afford to move into the 10th.

While admittedly Seals has little in common with the district (assuming the people who do live in the district can afford to live there), by voting for him you can get him on the path to a salary of $169,300 per year. That would help him a lot. In his vision, you have the ability, he has the needs. Now that's change! (Not to mention that it sure beats standing around with a battered cup.)

Seals' adversary, Jay Footlik, seems a little smarter about the district, realizing that in the subprime meltdown, it is pretty cheap to rent. His sensible approach to the current economic situation has put him in the heart of the district which he seeks to represent. Unfortunately, sensible economic approaches aren't of much interest to Democrats.

I would note that if Mr. Seals were to run in his own district and win, he also would earn $169,300 per year, plus the usual perks of office.



Blogger Team America said...

Priceless pic, Publia! Mind if I borrow it for the Team America blog? I'm curious as to where ya got it...

Jan 17, 2008, 1:14:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Do borrow if you wish! I shall remain mum about my source.

Jan 17, 2008, 2:31:00 PM  
Blogger sick+tired said...

Oh that was so funny! But I guess you don't remember 2000 when Mark Kirk first ran in Congress. See, he had not lived in the 10th or even in Illinois for a decade! He used his parents address in Kenilworth. Then in 2006, he uses a TV ad questioning whether Dan Seals really understands the district even if he doesn't live in the 10th. Can you spell hypocric?

Jan 17, 2008, 6:31:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Sick, that's no surprise to me; I was busy working for another candidate in the primary when Mark first ran. There I learned in the school of hard knocks that Mark Kirk was an awesome campaigner, and I didn't like it any more at that time than the Democrat will in the fall. And, yes, we complained about his address. We also complained that he had an unfair advantage as he was the chief-of-staff to the district's Congressman, John Porter. Then he got elected and we complained that he just wasn't a a loyal enough Republican. But you know what? He's earned my respect over the years and he's the best candidate for the district.

I would also note that Mark Kirk grew up in the district, attended the local public schools, and remained engaged in the community. Also, it's hard to live in the district when you are away at school and then serving the district's Congressman in Washington, DC.

Dan Seals, as well as not living in the district, has no historic ties to the district. It's abundantly clear that Dan Seals doesn't understand the district, including the fact that there are plenty of places to live in the district that are much less expensive than where he lives now.

Jan 17, 2008, 10:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Seals says is cost a million dollars to buy a house here.

He doesn't live in the district, does not have a job and has not worked since November of 2005.


Jan 18, 2008, 12:14:00 PM  

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