Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lake County Republican Federation's Spring Gala Features Tim Pawlenty; Plus Garrett Watch Update

The Lake County Republican Federation will welcome Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty as the keynote speaker for its annual Spring Gala, to be held at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort on Friday, April 16th. As a top contender for vice-president as John McCain's running mate in 2008, many suspect he is positioning himself for a presidential run in 2012.

Other expected guests are Congressman Mark Kirk, who is running for U.S. Senate, Joe Walsh, candidate for the 8th Congressional District, Bob Dold, candidate for the 10th Congressional District, and Bill Brady, candidate for Illinois Governor. Bob Cook, the new Lake County Republican Chairman, will do the time-honored ritual of introducing all of the elected officials in attendance (which means that almost everyone in the room gets acknowledged at least once, it seems).

Tickets for the 49th Annual Gala $100 each, with sponsorship levels at $250 (individual patron), $1,000 (dinner sponsor), $2,500 (patron sponsor), $5,000 (governor sponsor) and $10,000 (underwriting sponsor). Precinct committeemen, Election Judges and Members of the Lake County Young Republicans are only $75.

The cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.

I was over at the Marriott yesterday getting the menu finalized and I guarantee it will be yummy.

Call the Federation's new Executive Director, Chelsea Stanley, at 847-680-6680 for more information or visit the Federation website here.

Garrett Watch: State Senator Susan Garrett, who is being looked at very seriously as the Democratic potential nominee to replace pawnbroker Scott Lee Cohen, is trying to downplay the perception that she is the front-running candidate that will be chosen by Governor Quinn and House Speaker Michael Madigan. But TA's sources on the street say it's already a "done deal." So, which will turn out to be correct? We shall see, soon.

Also - Republican Assembly of Lake County Reagan Day Dinner: The RALC, which is the leading conservative Republican group in Lake County, will host its 8th Annual Reagan Day Dinner at White Deer Run Golf Course in Vernon Hills, this Saturday, March 27th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Expected speakers are Bob Cook, the new Lake County Central Committee Chairman, and Bill Brady, candidate for governor. Tickets are $40 for RALC members, $50 for non-members. Call 847-367-5231 for more information. RSVPs are required.


Anonymous said...

Good win. Glad brady is coming up here. I think the fact they are going with garrett shows how weak they are and how desperate they are to do anything.

I continue to believe the 10th is he democrat firewall. it is the most liberal suburban area and if they are losing it they are finished.

Sidenote, there was a poll on realclearpolitics yesterday showing this race 40-37 seals over dold with a d for defeat dan. I am skpetical because it was an unknown policy firm, and you don't know what their numbers were or what the projections were for turnout.

The fact that seals is not releasing his polling tells me he is in deep ellen but that's just me.

Nice move "volunteering" to be the taste tester for the event. I hope this horrible, time consuming, back breaking task was not a burden. TPAW is a good score, at this point I prefer John Kasich, but that's me.


tikkunolam said...

Pawlenty ran for President in 2006? Really? That doesn't make a lick of sense.

Team America said...

Right, I like 2008 better. Thanks for catching that.

Anonymous said...

Dold vs.Seals

Should be spirited as neither guy has a day job to speak of....

Love the Dold policy releases from his paid staffer. As if he has any geopolitical knowledge base.

Friend of Israel & Kenilworth kid...laugh.


Anonymous said...

TA, your menu pick for the Federation dinner is always terrific so I'm really looking forward to what you have in store for us this year.

Baxter and Beau's Mom

Tommy said...

Pawlenty did not run for president in 2008. I don't know where you got that information because you didn't cite a source.

Team America said...

Tommy - you are correct. While some speculated as early as 2005 that Pawlenty might run in 2008, he never actually announced as a candidate. What probably stuck in my mind was the fact that many saw him as a top choice for VP under McCain, until he surprised many by picking Sarah Palin.

So I just took that whole line out in the post. Thank you for attending to detail.

Tommy said...

Thanks TA! I'm sorry if i sounded a little rude in the comment. I look forward to continue reading your blog, it's the very best place to look for local politics.

Team America said...

Thanks Tommy, and no worries. Being a lawyer, I have a thick skin, and I'm secure enough to admit that while we always strive for accuracy here, I'm hardly infallible, so keep reading with a discerning eye!

If more people, such as yourself, didn't simply believe everything they read on the Internet as gospel, we'd have a better informed electorate!