Saturday, May 24, 2008

Still No Apology from Dan Seals Following "Gas for Votes" Stunt

We've been patiently waiting.

It’s been two days since 10th District Congressional Candidate Dan Seals hopelessly snarled local lunch hour traffic on Milwaukee Avenue in Lincolnshire and diverted nearly half of its modest-sized police force from their usual duties as a result of a gas-buying publicity stunt in Lincolnshire. The Village—forced to dispatch ten police officers as well as several public works personnel to deal with the mess—will be billing the campaign for its services.

Meanwhile, Seals has not apologized. Not to the frustrated local police chief; not to the local employers whose businesses were disrupted by employees arriving back at work late from lunch; not to the late-arriving employees who likely had to stay late at work to make up the time; and not to the motorists whose patience is stretched by busy Milwaukee Avenue under the best of conditions. On his campaign website, Seals is boasting that "cars lined up for hours."

Seals, whose rematch campaign against incumbent Mark Kirk has been largely invisible since the primary in March, has managed to get his candidacy "back on the radar" with his stunt, which has received attention on TV, radio, and in the newspapers. In the world of campaigns, any campaign manager will tell you that even bad publicity is much better than no publicity at all. Seals made a mess. He owes a lot of people an apology. How long will he wait?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only person who should be apologizing is Mark Kirk for ripping off all of us at the gas pump, while helping out his big oil buddies.

Once he's out of a job in November, he'll have plenty of time for these mea culpas, I guess.

May 24, 2008, 2:01:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Anon, you got to be joking. Government does not control the price of gas.This stunt which stretched local police resources and snarled traffic on a busy north-south street shows--at best--a decided lack of judgment. Take a course in economics.

May 26, 2008, 9:11:00 AM  
Blogger Team America said...

I think one aspect of this debacle that has been mostly overlooked is that Seals was slimy right from the start, as he advertised this as an hour-long give-away, and from what I can tell, never intended to give away gas to any more than the first 50 cars. If that had been widely known, not nearly so many people would have shown up. Seals ought to be forced to make good and buy gas for everyone who was in the 1.5 mile long line that got turned away.

May 26, 2008, 1:47:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

TA, is this the spectre of Carbolic Smoke Ball I see before me? The only way I found out about this promotion in advance was a plea on the Cat Lady's blog to please convince Seals NOT to do this stunt. I have not a clue how Seals advertised it or how people found out about it. Also, take a look at the FEC website where there's a letter to Seals' committee about failing to make proper disclosure of expenses. Since it's not a new treasurer this might be worth looking into.

If Seals had notified local police well in advance, advising them that the "gas for voters" scheme was limited to 50 cars, they could have advised motorists that it was fruitless to wait. But any person who would attempt such a giveaway, legal or illegal, on Milwaukee Avenue is clearly a stranger to the District.

May 27, 2008, 12:01:00 AM  

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