A report on Wednesday from WQAD put some more flesh on the bone about the situation the local Democrat Party finds itself when dealing with the Madigan created congressional redistricting map.
The reporter interviewed Porter McNeil and Mark Schwiebert, who both declined to do the hard work required to win election in a conpetitive race.
“…with the 17th’s redistricting, to include Rockford and Peoria, there’s even more pressure to raise money.”
“I think it’s going to be a hard-fought battle…It’s probably going to be an ugly battle, but that’s the way politics works now.”
Except that’s how politics has always “worked” except in protected enclaves like Rock Island County, Illinois, where the Democrat candidates are chosen behind closed doors by an elite few, then the rank and file back the approved candidates in lockstep. No messy fundraising or campaigning needed—just tap into the massive union organization and treasure chest. Also, the fact that the RICO GOP went into hiding for 40-50 years also helped diminish the “ugly” factor.
Since Madigan’s redistricting includes parts of major metro areas Peoria and Rockford, a RICO coronation is no longer an option, the RICO Dems must fight to win the entire district, not just impress the RICO Politburo.
Suddenly, local Democrats realize they just don’t have what it takes to run a competitive race—against another Democrat or against a winning Republican.
Mike Madigan and Bobby Schilling may not be pals, but in my view, Madigan did Schilling a big, big favor with the way he remapped the 17th CD.