Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Former 10th District Congressman John Porter Endorses Bob Dold

This came out yesterday, but here it is - from the Dold Campaign:

Former Illinois 10th District Congressman John Edward Porter Endorses Dold

Winnetka, IL – Today, former Illinois 10th District Congressman John Edward Porter announced his endorsement of Robert Dold for the Congressional seat Porter held for twenty years.

“Robert Dold is an independent Republican who mirrors the values of the 10th District,” said Porter. “He will be a voice for common-sense, small business thinking, with a moderate stance on social issues such as choice and the environment.”

Porter noted recent endorsements by the National Federation of Independent Business and the Republican Majority for Choice in announcing his endorsement of Dold.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of John Porter,” said Dold. “John served our District honorably for many years and shares my pro-choice position. It is a tradition of fiscally conservative, socially moderate leadership that I will continue in Washington.”

“The 10th district voters are very educated on the issues and look for a Congressman who will vote the conscience of the district, rather than straight for the party,” said Porter. “Robert Dold will be the independent and thoughtful voice that 10th district voters want.”

Porter served in Congress from 1980 to 2001. Since leaving office, he has served as a Washington partner in the international law firm, Hogan Lovells. He is Chairman of Research America, Vice Chairman of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, and a trustee of The Brookings Institution. He recently completed a two-year term as Chairman of PBS.

About Robert Dold:

Robert Dold owns and operates a small business, Rose Pest Solutions, located in Northfield, IL. A graduate of New Trier High School, Dold earned a law degree from Indiana University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He worked on Capitol Hill as investigative counsel for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee before returning to the 10th Congressional District to work and raise his family.


Anonymous said...

I am not sure this matters. There is a point of diminishing returns on this stuff. It was pretty much mark's entire campaign in 2000, but a decade later it may have some effect but didn't do a whole lot in the primary.

the more important thing right now is dold's fundraising number. it has to be north of 800k for him to be competitive this fall.


Anonymous said...

Foklaeps, I disagree with you on the Porter endorsement. Yes, it did help Mark Kirk in 2000, especially in the Primary. Today, many younger 10th District voters will say, "John, who?" But Foklaeaps, some of the more senior voters out here continue to rely on the judgment of Porter when making a decision like this. His respect is still high in this district. As for 800K for the quarter, that might be a reach. He's doing fine from what I can see, he's out and about, was more than well received during the 4th of July parades. With 3 1/2 months to go I am sure he and his team will be working day and night to earn the votes to make him our next Congressman.

Anonymous said...

...he WILL be our next Congressman for exactly your point -- he works day and night to earn every single vote. I love Porter...but, this doesn't do anything...he endorsed Coulson in the Primary...which is probably why this current endorsement came out during the slowest time in the campaign...

10th voter said...

In 2000 Porter was a popular, retiring incumbent and there were many fairly unknown candidates running for the Republican nomination, so Porter's endorsement gave Kirk the lead, and that win - in a large field - gave Kirk perceived strength.

This year, an endorsement from a Republican for a Republican candidate is no news at all. Dold should and will get most Republican endorsements, as Seals will get most Dem endorsements. No big deal there.

Seals' endorsements from every pro-choice organization and every environmental organization are more meaningful for voters in the district.

Anonymous said...

1. I don't totally rule it out. Midterms are dominated by hard core older voters- the kind of people that remember porter. A lot of them are probably in nursing homes or dead, but there is also most likely a decent contingent of people team america's age who grew up in the district, and have moved back and whose families were big porter people.

2. where I could see this helping dold is with people that used to consider themselves soft republicans or porter republicans who are now democrats. I have no doubt there are A LOT of these people, particularly in the south and eastern parts of the district in tough territory for dold and that could help.

3. fundraising does matter, the democrats have 3 million earmarked for this race for the last 10 days to slaughter him and help dan and he won't have anything near what he needs to counter that.


Anonymous said...

FOKLAES, what's your source for the $3 million?

Anonymous said...

I have good contacts in the enemy camp in washington.

It should not come as a shock-they spent 2.7 million on dan last time and with democrats expected to give back about 30-35 deep red seats they had no business winning the last 2 cycles this is one of the few decent shots they have to recoup some of that ground.