Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Senator Mark Kirk, Congressman Bob Dold Lead Lake County GOP in Lake Forest Days Parade; Dems Trail Behind (Literally)
Fresh from the post debt-crisis dénouement, Senator Mark Kirk and Congressman Bob Dold flew back home to Chicago in time to lead a strong Lake County GOP contingent in the 150th Year Celebration at the Lake Forest Days parade. In addition to Kirk and Dold, Keith Brin for Circuit Court Clerk marched with his family, County Board Candidate Scott Helton had many supporters, and just-announced State's Attorney candidate Mike Nerheim also marched.
The Dems tried to make a decent showing, but their main contingent trailed behind the GOP (literally), as they were the next parade position, and had substantially fewer marchers overall. Their close placement meant, though, that I had the chance to chat with a few of them, including State's Attorney candidate Chris Kennedy, and also Congressional candidate Ilya Sheyman.
I had a nice talk with Sheyman, who seems in person like a nice kid, but I don't think he's going to get a lot of traction against Dold. Sheyman's first priority, though, is defeating primary opponent Brad Schneider, who came in with a strong fundraising quarter, handily beating Sheyman. Sheyman told me that he does not plan to match Schneider dollar-for-dollar, but is not concerned, as he believes that his grassroots support and organizational skills will more than make up the difference. We also both got a chuckle out of his fascist/socialist/anarchist politics, as I put it previously. At least Sheyman thought it was funny, unlike some of our oversensitive commentors a while back.
Sheyman also thought that the current Dem field, himself and Schneider, was likely to be it as far as Dem candidates were concerned. He may be in for a bit of a surprise in that regard; I simply don't see the Dem powers that be let Dold walk away with such weak competition in a district that they moved heaven and earth to set up for a Dem victory.
In any case, here are the pix:
Below is Scott Helton, Candidate for County Board:
Decorating the truck:
Team Dold makes a strong showing:
Kelley Folino helps decorate the truck:
A lot of prep work goes into getting the truck ready. Props to Moraine Township GOP Chairman Lou Atsaves (left), who organized the GOP parade entry:
Here's one of my favorites, the Caputo Cheese Float:
Here is the Sunset Foods old-fashioned fruit truck:
Keith Brin for Circuit Court Clerk gets ready to march:
Another Sunset Foods car:
A new business, Spash Zone!, will be opening soon in Vernon Hills. The bathtubs are actually driveable!
Congressman Bob Dold works the crowd:
Iyla Sheyman, Dem Congressional Candidate. He's 25, but looks at least 26 or 27.
Sheyman's team looked a little lonely:
A typical Sheyman supporter:
Sheyman's primary opponent, Brad Schneider, showed up with a few people too:
Republican attorney Mike Nerheim, fresh off his official announcement for State's Attorney, came with supporters:
Nerheim poses with Chris Kennedy, who is running for State's Attorney on the Dem side:
Senator Kirk and Bob Dold take time to say hi to Keith Brin:
Everyone loves a little dog, including Senator Kirk, who is giving Laura Lambrect's six-year-old pooch a scratch:
I usually shun the limelight, but Senator Kirk and Congressman Dold insisted that TA pose for a picture:
Kids for Kirk. 'Nuf 'Sed.