Adam Andrzejewski leading with 116 surprised me. (I put Dan Proft as my first choice but more on him later). I thought Andrezejewski's stump speech the weakest of the lot.
Nice guy but I still can't figure out what goes on Labor Day weekend in his little hometown downstate. Why start your stump speech with that? I forget the rest except he hit all the high notes a URF crowd would expect from him. I don't think he gave 116 votes worth of a speech though.
Tom Swiss covered it here. I didn't realize each candidate's unique question was submitted by the other candidates. Swiss lists 'em and Dillard's was the question I was waiting to here. Via Swiss,
Kirk Dillard's Question: Do you regret endorsing Obama?The question ought to have been, What will you say Sen Dillard, if President Obama offers to cut a commercial for you; not an endorsement, just a spot on ethics.
Dillard's Answer: First, I did not endorse Obama, it was a commercial about ethics. He called me from Iowa and said he was taking heat from Democrats for working on ethics reform. If someone is on the right side of ethics, I will help them. I endorsed John McCain.
I thought Dillard handled it well though --it sounded better than it reads. Face facts here, Illinois's GOP is going to need votes from people who voted for Obama. Dillard's not going to be the only Illinoisan (and Republican Illinoisan) who was bamboozled by the Prez. The GOP needs these folks back. Dillard gets a pass.
Dan Proft's Question: Having never been elected to anything, what makes you qualified to be Governor?Never having been elected won't be Dan's problem. Cicero will be Dan's problem. Proft gave the best speech by far. Hit the issues a new Illinois GOP should be hitting: the GOP is a working peoples party, we're the party of Walmart shoppers; the GOP offers the only solution for African Americans to the crushing oppression of Chicago Public Schools.
Proft's Answer: This is not my first rodeo. I have been in the political arena for 15 years. It is a policy problem, not a management problem. I am the only candidate correctly diagnosing the problem. We need to make the correct big ticket policy choices.
But Cicero is going to dog Proft (and I'm a Bugalow sort of guy fond of the place). The question should have been how does he explain that relationship with that town. Illinois voters will want to know. It's a lot of baggage for Dan to carry and he needs to start explaining what he's been doing there, or at least show us at the Lunchon he's ready for the sure to come questions (and smears).