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Chicago Tribune pulls endorsement of radical leftist Schakowsky

Chicago Tribune pulls endorsement of radical leftist Schakowsky

The Chicago Tribune announced this morning they are endorsing fiscal conservative Tim Wolfe over Cong. Jan Schakowsky in the 9th District congressional race in Illinois. This is huge.

Schakowsky, endorsed by the Trib in 2010, has been shut out by her former endorser. They are saying her dogged partisanship and liberalism isn’t what the country needs and are breaking with the past to endorse Wolfe. From the Tribune:

We have in the past gone hot and cold on Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky of the 9th District. She’s always up for a good debate and it’s a pleasure to spar with her. But she’s also one of the most partisan, liberal members of the House.

When the Democrats finished drawing the new congressional maps, Republican Tim Wolfe awoke to find himself living in the 9th. The district is considered safely blue. Wolfe lives in Arlington Heights, a pocket of red voters who were tossed into the 9th by mapmakers to protect the Democratic tilt of other districts. Wolfe decided he had to run against Schakowsky. “You know what Jan is going to offer,” he says. “More government, more taxes, more debt, more government intrusion. … She stands for the exact opposite of what I stand for in most cases.”

Schakowsky has a strong record of constituent service. We would like to hear her acknowledge that a solution to Washington paralysis is going to require fierce partisans to accept that the other side has something valid to contribute. Washington could use a strong dose of what Wolfe has to offer: in a word, fiscal restraint. Wolfe is endorsed.

If ever there was a David-and-Goliath race, Illinois’ Ninth Congressional district is it. In 2010,’s Joel Pollak ran against her and has been the closest to unseating her thus far. The Tribune endorsed Schakowsky in 2010, but it seems even they are wising up to her extremism.

Cong. Jan Schakowsky, a member of the Progressive Caucus, marches with Occupy and cavorts with radicals. She’s had a dinner held in her honor at by the Democratic Socialists of America. The Huffington Post included her in a list of politicians who started their careers as community organizers. Oh, and her convicted felon husband Robert Creamer wrote the first drafts of Obamacare from his jail cell while serving time for check-kiting.

Tim Wolfe is a private citizen, an accountant who has not dabbled in community organizing or professional politicanhood. He believes in the American dream and has his own American story. I’ve met him over the course of the campaign and have been impressed by his commitment to fiscal responsibility, tireless campaigning, and humility. He’s not seeking the spotlight or a cushy career like his opponent but to serve his constituents.

Tim Wolfe’s platform is simple. He doesn’t have a ton of money, but he has volunteers pounding the pavement day and night for his campaign. He talks about growing the economy, cutting taxes, paying down the debt, and getting the federal government out of local affairs.

Meanwhile, Schakowsky must be fuming that her obfuscation and extremist activities are finally being given the scrutiny they deserve. Schakowsky is supported by a national network of extreme progressives, and she certainly is the goliath to Wolfe’s David.

Defeat her and you begin to unwind the progressive web that is throttling America at the federal level. Donate to Wolfe here.


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legacyrepublican | October 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Sounds like Wolfe has gotten a fresh wind behind him to help huff and puff and blow Schakowsky out of the house.

Anne, this is e “feel good” story of the day. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll write Wolfe a check today.

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9thDistrictNeighbor | October 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Because of redistricting, there will be a lot of totally confused voters at the polls. So many people around here seem to be unaware that a huge swath of the 10th CD is now in Jan’s 9th district. I guarantee that people will show up on election day and see Jan’s name on the ballot and be confused.

She’s tough to beat. Joel Pollack had a snowball’s chance in 2010 but he blew it by focusing his campaign on peripherals and tangents. He ended up with 31 percent of the vote, which is only slightly more than the 25 percent ballpark that most of Jan’s challengers garner.

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to 9thDistrictNeighbor. | October 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I can see from the map she’s got maybe 25-30% new voters to win over. That’s a lot. I also suspect voters in some of the new precincts she picked up consider politicians from ultra liberal Evanston akin the manner in which much of suburban and small town Wisconsin treat those from Madison.

    Also a recent poll showed Obama has stumbled badly in the 9th District.

    That doesn’t surprise me. Residents of the lakefront suburbs such as Kenilworth, Wilmette and Winnetka share a lot of characteristics with those in Romney’s long time home of Belmont, Massachusetts. He should relate well to those voters and could give Wolfe some coattails.

      9thDistrictNeighbor in reply to NC Mountain Girl. | October 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Kenilworth, Winnetka and Wilmette are all now in the 9th district. There are as many “Jan Fans” in those towns as in Evanston and Rogers Park. The “war on women” meme plays exceptionally well in those towns, with support for abortion incredibly strong (which is a bit surprising given that families in Winnetka tend to be as large as their Yukon XLs).

        NC Mountain Girl in reply to 9thDistrictNeighbor. | October 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm

        A co-worker who lived in Winnetka always marveled at how his wife and her friends were staunch supporters of abortion since he’d bet most of them had been virgins when they met their husbands. Roger L. Simon has written about how some people who were very cautious in their youth think they missed something and so they ape all the cool kid attitudes as they age.

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“This is huge”

Sorry no it’s not. Janshak will now win with 70% of the vote. She is awful, but then so are most of the voters in Evanston, etc. who support her. Illinois ain’t ready for reform.

As a 10 year+ resident of Schakowsky’s district (I live a few blocks from her office) I look forward to having a credible Republican candidate to vote for.

That said, Evanston is one of the most liberal towns in Illinois and she will win by a landslide.

Thanks for the pointer, Anne. He’s on my list for a donation this coming payday.

She may win, Ms. Commie Schwakowsky, but this IS a big deal. The liberals thought they were going to get rid of conservatism, but it’s going the other way. She won’t get 70% of the vote this time…and nationally, I think there is more evidence that this will be another 2010 for the Prog Commies, or worse (It SHOULD be worse, as nothing has gone right for the Obama or Dem admin. in the past 2 years. And now we have a classic meltdown of O in the debate, the Bengazhi story…and yes, it IS being noticed by more and more people, even if the MSM would like to bury it).

A paper like the Trib changing its tune is still a big story in this day and age. It doesn’t happen easily and in this case, isn’t happening because of some big scandal (notwithstanding the stuff about Schakowsky’s husband) or other particular problem; the Trib is saying that HER POLITICS are at fault, that she and her ideology are NOT working. As Joe Biden once famously said “this is a big F*****” deal.

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