After Labor Day, it begins. The political fortunes of sitting Gov. Pat Quinn and his GOP challenger Bill Brady will be decided in just 63 days. As it stands right now, though, things are looking too good for Gov. Quinn despite all of his best efforts.
In a recent Rasmussen poll, released on August 23, Brady was besting Quinn, 46% to 37% with 6% preferring another candidate. Add to that the anti-incumbency, throw-the-bums-out mood of the electorate and the endorsements of the Illinois Manufacturers Association and the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce and it appears that Illinois may be in a Brady-state-of mind.
Then there's this. A new report by the Civic Federation of Chicago, a non-partisan research group, contends that Illinois' deteriorating bond rating could cost taxpayers an extra $551 million to cover the cost of borrowing. Again, can't be music to Quinn's ears.
Taking a page out of Ronald Reagan's playbook, Brady's sunny optimism and message of fiscal conservativism are catching fire and causing steam. You can't help but see TV ad spots like this one (see below), cementing his case to the voters directly before the biased media in Chicago and Illinois has the opportunity to shoot their potshots.
On September 14, former Governor-turned Fox News darling, Mike Huckabee, will be stumping for Brady as well to solidify his base for November. We will have to wait and see what kind of political tricks Governor Quinn can still pull out of his rumply sleeve before then, if any. That's politics...after all.