This video of State Rep. Julie Hamos announcing her bid for Congressman Mark Kirk's Senate Seat has been making the rounds of the blogs over the last 24 hours. But it's so frickin'-awful boring that I'm not sure anyone has made it all the way through. Hamos ought to have at least borrowed Alexi's teleprompter so she wouldn't have to keep referring to her notes (just speaking from the heart apparently wasn't her first choice).
Here's Hamos's announcement, in case you have trouble sleeping tonight and want to look.
A more interesting, and more revealing video of Hamos that I dug up on YouTube is Hamos being interviewed on the local North Town News Magazine only a few weeks ago. Hamos is a lot more animated in this video interview. Why? Because she's speaking from the heart about her desperate attempts to raise the Illinois income tax to save her beloved social programs. Yes, Representative Hamos, Illinois does have a low income tax rate, but I think we more than make up for it given the sales taxes, property taxes, drivers license fees, and every other nickel-and-dime way to squeeze income out of the taxpayers that this state has implemented. Low income tax is about the ONLY advantage left to starting or moving a business to Illinois.
Hamos is now swiftly moderating, talking (or no doubt will be talking) about reform, cutting government waste and spending, and ethics. Where was all that during your long tenure as a machine state representative?
Meanwhile, I've heard there was some inter-family Democratic angst yesterday about Hamos snubbing some of our local Democratic 'heroes', namely Lauren Beth Gash, at the Hamos announcement. Anyone have the scoop on that? I'm dying to see if LBG still backs the Pup. This could get real messy real fast.
UPDATED: Here's a shot in the arm for Republicans in general in looking forward to 2010, courtesy of Politico:
Bolstered by historical trends that work in the GOP’s favor — midterm elections are typically hostile to the party in power — and the prospect of the first election in a decade without former President George W. Bush either on the ballot or in office, Republicans find themselves on the offensive for the first time since 2004.