Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2012, 2:56 pm
Letter: Some thoughts on the 2012 Election in the QCA
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-- 17th Congressional District
Bobby Schilling's loss means no representation in the majority on the House Armed Services and Agriculture committees. Mr. Schilling had secured from the Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee a pledge to maintain spending levels (i.e., jobs) at the Arsenal in spite of large military spending cuts elsewhere. Will a new Democratic congressman be able to sustain that pledge?
Cheri Bustos' election will likely mean much direction will come from Chicago, where she raised substantial campaign funds, and from Sen. Dick Durbin, her mentor. How effectively will non-union constituents be represented by a freshman representative in the minority?
Gerrymandering benefited the Democratic Party, but did it benefit the QCA?
-- 36th State Senate District
Mike Jacobs won reelection, despite his embarrassing behavior, primarily because he delivered a lot of money from Springfield. The Argus-Dispatch endorsed his reelection on the bet he would continue to deliver millions. Is betting on the come with the bankrupt State of Illinois a wise bet?
The district passed on the opportunity to begin reform with Bill Albracht, a man of proven courage and integrity -- a missed opportunity the QCA will regret.
-- 72nd State Representative District
Pat Verschoore won reelection and was endorsed by the Argus/Dispatch because he ran a "clean campaign." Clearly, the campaign did not send the newspaper the same mailings I received. One trashed his opponent for receiving 12 pay raises in five years -- failing to disclose these raises were city-approved for a fireman/paramedic. Another stated his opponent was backed by Washington politicians "who want to eliminate vital programs like Social Security and Medicare" -- a blatantly false accusation intended to scare vulnerable senior citizens. Hard to get lower than trashing a fireman/paramedic and intimidating seniors.
David T. Roberts,