Not all that much going politically on this weekend, as I contemplate one of my last sailboat races scheduled for today with 5-7 ft. waves forecasted. Yikes!
Here's what I have:
McCain Returns the Favor to Kirk: Senator and former GOP presidential nominee John McCain is coming to town to stump for Congressman Mark Kirk and his bid for U.S. Senate. There will be a gathering in Glenview on Sunday afternoon, with a fundraiser at a private home in Winnetka later that is projected to raise over half a million dollars, according to the News-Sun. Kirk was an early supporter of McCain's presidential race, and McCain was an early supporter of Kirk back in his race for Congress in 2000, so there is quite a relationship there.
Julie Hamos to Get a Piece of the 10th District: State Rep. Julie Hamos, who has announced a run for the 10th Congressional District, even though she (much like Dan Seals) doesn't live in it, got herself a little piece of the 10th District by opening up a campaign office in Northbrook on Dundee Road. Early reports a while back stated that she intended to move to the 10th, but how aggressively she's doing so is questionable. In this market, it's a fairly safe move to put your condo up for sale and have little concern it's going to move unless priced extremely aggressively; which gives Hamos plenty of time to see how she does in the primary in February.
Speaking of the Dem race for the 10th District: I've heard virtually squat out of our old friend Dan Seals. I assume he's trying to pass petitions in-between getting the kids off to school and hanging out at the gym, or whatever he does. But Hamos isn't messing around, so he better get going. Hamos is no Jay Footlik, so if Seals thinks he's going to waltz through the primary with 85% of the vote again, he's in for a shock.
Beth Coulson's replacement: TA hears that GOP leaders have a bright, fresh face in mind for Beth Coulson's seat in the 17th District, now that she's decided to run for the 10th Congressional District. If he survives vetting this week, we may hear something exciting soon.
That's what I got: what have you all heard?