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To: Non-Sequitur; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; PhilCollins; chicagolady
“This is Rahm Emanuel's old seat. And before him Blagojevich and Rostenkowski. In the last 107 years it has had a Republican congressman for 4 of them.”

It is certainly a Democrat seat, but please note that, at least in its 1992-2000 incarnation, it was carried by George H.W. Bush in 1988 (I'm not sure if Bush carried it in 1988 under the current lines). In a November general election, running as a Republican in the district is pretty much a kamikaze mission (which Michael Flanagan pulled off in 1994 solely because it was 1994 and voters wanted the corrupt Rosti out), but in a low-turnout April special election the result is by no means assured. Rosanna Pulido has to run hard, criticize the ultraliberal policies that piss off even Democrat voters, and hope to turn out enough Republicans and traditionalist Democrats (the district is heavily Catholic, with many Poles, Croats, Italians and Hispanics) to pull off the upset. It is *not* impossible. (Heck, Cao proved in LA-02 that even when it truly *is* impossible one can still win.)
28 posted on 03/04/2009 10:16:11 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Non-Sequitur
Sounds like a good campaign ad.

"In the last 107 years, our district has spent all but four of them represented by machine backed Democratic candidates who put special interests ahead of the people. The last three were Congressman of questionable integrity like Dan Rostenkowski, Rod Blagojevich, and Rahm Emanuel. And now those same elitists who promised us Blago and Emanuel would reform our district are pushing hard to elect Mike Quigley, a 26 year machine insider who got his start as an aide to Chicago ward boss Bernie Hansen. Just like his friend Rod Blagojevich, Mike Quigley likes to present himself as a reformer, but rose through the system of hard-ball Chicago politics. Is that change? Let's tell the ward bosses and media elites we won't be fooled again by phony reformers and career politicians. Send a message to Washington that we want real change, and elect Rosanna Pulido to Congress. Rosanna Pulido represents our values -- not Rod Blagojevich's. Please visit www.rosannapulido2009.com to learn more."

31 posted on 03/04/2009 11:02:17 AM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

“It is certainly a Democrat seat, but please note that, at least in its 1992-2000 incarnation, it was carried by George H.W. Bush in 1988 (I’m not sure if Bush carried it in 1988 under the current lines).”

GOP support has halved in 20 years then. :-o

We should be able to compete is mostly white urban seats like this.


36 posted on 03/04/2009 10:01:16 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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