Sen. Sam McCann of Plainview, who is running for governor as the Conservative Party candidate, had an interesting week to be sure.
McCann’s gotten a lot of financial support from the Operating Engineers Local 150 union. It’s helped fuel charges from the Republicans that he’s just a puppet of Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, a put-up candidate who’s expected to take votes away from Rauner. Because, after all, unions support Democrats, so McCann is just a Democratic front.
Last week, McCann went to Local 150’s annual legislative banquet. He took his phone with him and used it to shoot video of the crowd, including several Republicans, such as House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.
McCann then went to the parking lot and recorded a roughly 10-minute monologue venting about the Republican Party. In particular, he thought it somewhat hypocritical for Republican lawmakers and candidates to take campaign contributions from Local 150.
“Don’t you find it interesting that they (Republicans) use the double standard,” he says to his unseen Facebook audience. “Leader Durkin and a bunch of Republican members of the House and a bunch of Republican members of the Senate all in a room in Riverside, Illinois, at Local 150. When they take the money, somehow or another they make it white as snow. When I take the money, it’s Democrat money. It’s Madigan money.”
The whole thing is on McCann’s Facebook page for governor. He goes on quite a bit longer.
No longer endorsed
But wait, there’s more, as the infomercials like to say.
McCann’s busy week also saw him get dis-endorsed by the Illinois Family Action, a pro-life group that had endorsed McCann over Gov. Bruce Rauner because Rauner signed House Bill 40, the now-infamous bill that expanded taxpayer funded abortions in Illinois.
The parting of the ways came after McCann’s campaign sent a mailer into the district of Rep. Tom Morrison, R-Palatine, calling him a “Republican RINO.” RINO stands for Republican In Name Only. McCann says that’s what Rauner is because he signed HB40.
The thing is, Morrison is staunchly pro-life and Illinois Family Action, along with Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, took more than a little issue with McCann’s mailer. As we said, Illinois Family Action withdrew its endorsement of McCann. Ives, who just narrowly lost to Rauner in the primary election, emailed a news release entitled “McCann Betrays Illinois Conservatives.”
“Is Sam McCann just looking for his taxpayer job in the Pritzker Administration?” was its opening line.
Seems like a bit of trouble brewing among social conservatives who thought McCann was their alternative to Rauner.
Chill in the air
There was apparently some concern by participants in that big sports gambling hearing about just how cold the hearing room might be when they got to Springfield for the hearing.
The source of the concern was word that there was no heat in the Capitol at the same time the weather in Springfield was unseasonably cold. Well, it’s true, there was no heat in the Capitol last week. In fact, it was that way all last week for all of the state buildings in the Capitol Complex.
The secretary of state’s office does its annual maintenance on the heating system this time of year. That’s normally not a problem, but this year, Springfield went from summer to near winter just like that, with about two hours of fall-like weather in between. Hence the concern that there might be frost on the furnishings in the hearing room.
Fortunately, the hearing drew a very large crowd, which kept things more than reasonable. And to be fair, it certainly wasn’t any worse than the chill you’d get in the big Senate hearing room at the end of May. There are days that place could be used to store perishable food in the event of an emergency.
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October 20, 2018 at 05:08PM