In what would normally be a mundane story about the quest for the small town of Carlinville for federal funding to dredge the Carlinville Lake, turned into a full-blown political drama which centers on Carlinville’s public works director Mary Beth Belln, Carlinville’s economic development coordinator Beth Toon and a Bobby Schilling staffer.
Bernard Schoenburg dishes the dirt:
“…emails that went public about the [funding] situation suggest that Adrian Madunic, the $65,000-a-year downstate director for U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, and Beth Toon, Carlinville’s economic development coordinator and zoning administration, were trying to get Belln fired.”
I have no idea if this is true or not, but if the leaked emails are accurate, it indicates that Mandunic ain’t ready for prime time. Here’s a sample email from Madunic to Toon:
“If you put your heads together you can out-fox the idiot impeding the fortunes of Carlinville…Remember she wants you to give up.”
Jeez, “idiot” is the kind of epithet I toss around here!
At any rate, it seems this incident has left Madunic sadder and (maybe) wiser:
“I learned that you must be very careful with any correspondence…and you have to be very judicious in language and what may be perceived intent.”
Better late than never, I guess, but shouldn’t a middle-aged man have already figured this out?
The kicker is at the end when Schoenburg notes that Mandunic “generally voted in Democratic primaries and considers himself ‘more of an independent'” which is nice, I guess, on the diversity front, but I can’t help thinking my choice for district director wouldn’t have made such a silly rookie mistake.
It’s also worth noting that Schoenburg is the Democrat’s favorite crying towel—Hare often ran to him when he wanted to get his talking points out without inconvenient questioning and it may be Belln is just pulling a Hare. Schoenburg isn’t a reporter, he’s a columnist, so there is no expectation that he is giving us the full story here, but even so, this has negative potential for Schilling.