This ought to burnish the GOP reputation and image in Illinois:
Yes, nothing telegraphs unity against the common Democrat enemy like accusing someone in your party of “blackmail”.
Why wait for the Democrats or their allies in the press to dig up dirt so you can keep your hands clean when you can do the dirty work yourself and perhaps create headlines and maybe get another few bucks for your campaign? Why fight Democrats when you are in the same Establishment Party with Quinn, Brady and Dillard?
Can’t anyone here play the game? If you’re gonna charge your party political opponent with something inflammatory like “blackmail” you don’t want that ugliness sticking to you. If you’ve got the goods on him, give it to a “journalist” who hates your opponent as much as you do and let HIM do the down and dirty. Then you can take the high road and denounce this vile business with clean hands.
Is there any doubt why the GOP is a minority party in Illinois?
It’s because they like it that way.