The Daily Herald today issued a strong endorsement of State Rep. Beth Coulson in her quest to become the GOP nominee to succeed outgoing five-term Congressman Mark Kirk, who is running for U.S. Senate. The Herald said:
We are most impressed with Coulson, who has demonstrated her ability to tear down obstacles and build consensus in a nearly 13-year career in Springfield. Coulson, a certified physical therapist, claims some credit for achieving prescription drug coverage for senior citizens in Illinois before it came up in Congress and for developing a coalition of Republicans and downstate majority Democrats to persuade that party's leadership to adopt some medical malpractice reform.
She speaks with passion and detail about domestic challenges and is steeped in international affairs. Coulson also has been endorsed by former Gov. Jim Edgar and former 10th District Congressman John E. Porter. We add our strong support for Coulson to theirs.
The Herald seemed a lot less enthusiastic about the Dem candidates overall, and after a bit of hand-wringing, went with Dan Seals in a rather lukewarm endorsement:
[State Rep. Julie] Hamos led the recent effort to bail out mass transit, in part by securing a sales tax increase. Seals seems more worried about federal spending and spiraling debt. In a very close call, we give the edge to Seals for his concern for cutting spending and our belief that he may be more independent and, therefore, a better fit for the 10th District.
Hmm. Wonder if the Herald editors had kept in mind carpetbagger Seals' many gaffes like gasoline-gate, professor-gate, Rosty-gate, Rangel-gate, and the fact the man hasn't participated in his community or, as far as anyone can tell, actually held a job for years, poor Julie might have squeaked it out. But that's OK. Elephants never forget, and whomever the GOP nominee will be, she/he will have plenty of ammo to use against a perennial candidate like Seals, who's only qualification for Congress is that he seems to be persistent in running for Congress.