I should be providing readers an interesting insider’s view of one of the leading candidate’s campaigns through an interview scheduled later this evening. I hope to have the post up within the next 24 hours.
Until then, I’d like to share a significant development from one of the candidates and two insightful views about the special election from other bloggers.
John Fritchey’s campaign sent out an email describing the slew of organized labor endorsements he recently received from the Illinois Federation of Teachers, AFSCME and the Teamsters. With big labor standing behind Fritchey, it appears like the machine is preparing to line up its boots on the ground come election day.
In a strategic sense though, does labor’s endorsement of Fritchey take the wind out of the sails of competitor Tom Geoghegan who has been campaigning as a champion of the middle and working class? In many ways, I would say yes. Geoghegan needs that labor support to make him competitive. It will be interesting to see the Geoghegan campaign’s response.
Gregory Tejeda questioned Sara Feigenholtz’s communication strategy when she recently emailed supporters asking them for donations, despite bragging that the campaign is the clear leader in fundraising and is the most organized campaign in the race (they are). As I commented to Tejeda, I would be very interested to see the direct response and return on that email solicitation.
Finally, a post from Gapers Block captured the feeling coming out of the Democratic Forum this past Sunday at DePaul University. The overall sense was the forum was short on substance but did provide a glimpse of who should be the most viable candidates. Gapers Block writes:
“The problem for both candidates and voters is that forums with eleven candidates don’t give the audience enough time to really size up the “real candidates” in a race (those with a chance of winning) and for candidates it affords them only enough speaking time per person to make an introduction and hopefully make a pithy comment or two attendees will remember with the risk that something bad gets caught on camera.”