Wow, the whole Scott Lee Cohen thing shows no signs of dying down, and every day it goes on, the more it will be ingrained in the minds of Illinois voters. If Governor Quinn has to exercise the "Adlai Option" and form a third party to run for gov in November, he's going to get trounced. That's not even taking into consideration the Blago trial, where Quinn is going to get labeled as Blago's Lt. Guv and his enabler (wait for videos with Quinn's statements of support of Blago to show up as the trial begins, and into November).
Meanwhile, it looks like the National Republican Senatorial Committee didn't waste any time trying to define Alexi Giannoulias as a mobbed-up banker. This video has been making the Internet rounds ever since Mark Kirk won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate this week:
10th District Update: Meanwhile in local races, I talked on the phone with GOP nominee for the 10th District Bob Dold yesterday, and he is really excited about the upcoming election and the prospect of keeping the 10th District in GOP hands. This race is definitely going to have a national profile.
Many Dems probably thought with glee that with the departure of Mark Kirk to run for the U.S. Senate, the Dem nominee was going to be a shoo-in in this District. Dold makes it looks like they may have to wait another few cycles. That being said, the DCCC is already coming in to make a push for Dan Seals, with a fundraiser headlined by DCCC chairman Chris Van Hollen scheduled for mid-February.
59th Legislative District: My pal Dan Sugrue, who won an overwhelming primary victory last week, is not letting any grass grow under his feet, recognizing that new Dem appointee Carol Sente is going to have the full faith and credit of Michael Madigan behind her leading up to the November election (anyone out there got any pics of Sente and Scott Lee Cohen together that they want to send me???). Visit Dan's new fan page on Facebook and sign up. Dan's former opponent Cindy Hebda, a Vernon Hills trustee, is being an awfully good sport about all this and has pledged her support to Dan so the GOP can win in November. In fact, they are appearing this morning at some community meeting dealing with Route 45 issues, as I understand, where Sente is also scheduled to be.
Grant Township Lincoln Day Dinner: Tonight my good friend Grant Township Chairman Nancy Kubalanza is hosting the very popular Lincoln Day Dinner at Maravela's Restaurant in Fox Lake. Patrick Brady, the IL GOP Chairman, will be the keynote speaker. TA will attend with Dan Sugrue, as well as Keith Gray, who is contemplating another run at Dem State Senator Terry Link in the 30th Senate District.