Over the weekend, several campaign events for the race to succeed Congressman Mark Kirk showed that the truncated primary season is putting the pressure on candidates to get out there and get their message heard.
I'm sure there was a lot I did not hear about, but I was informed of at least one meet and greet for businessman Bob Dold yesterday, as well as a fundraiser at the home of former IL Lt. Governor Corinne Wood in honor of State Representative Beth Coulson.
Winnetka attorney Bill Cadigan was also busy touting yet another local endorsement, this one from former Navy Seal Mark Robbins. Robbins was gravely wounded in a fierce firefight with Iraqi insurgents but recovered, and now serves as a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy. On Saturday, Cadigan hosted a 'salute to veterans' to honor veterans from all wars and conflicts from World War II to the present. Robbins spoke about the experience transitioning back to civilian life and how the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration and other federal agencies can improve the process.
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Meanwhile, we told you a few days ago about the RJC 10th District Candidate forum that will be held next Sunday, Nov. 15th. I am working on potentially doing a live blog of the forum. Yesterday at the Coulson event, I also heard that there will be another candidate forum sponsored by the Moraine Township Republicans and perhaps others, but I need to track down the details on that.
You'll notice I didn't do anything on the big healthcare vote over the weekend, which was for several reasons. Primarily, it just left a bad taste in my mouth, and fact is, you can get your fill on that issue just about anywhere. But the real truth is that I think dissecting this bill and the current state of affairs is practically meaningless, as even Senator Dick Durbin doesn't think the bill will pass the Senate. As we were discussing last night, I think in large part, Nancy Pelosi's goal was to pass something, anything, just to get a bill moving and keep the march towards universal government-run healthcare alive. What eventually ends up in it will be anybody's guess.