-By Warner Todd Huston
Not long ago, I asked someone, anyone, to take control of Bill Brady’s gubernatorial campaign. It looks like my wish is fulfilled because Senator Brady has hired a new press secretary, and one with some major experience at that.
The new media boss for Brady is one Patty Schuh, who has worked for the Illinois GOP for 25 years. Schuh started with the state party in 1985 and was until this month the press secretary and assistant to Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno. Schuh also worked for James “Pate” Philip when he was president and minority leader of the Illinois Senate.
Schuh, a Chicago native, is a mass communications graduate of Illinois State University and worked as a news director for radio stations in Macomb, and then as political affairs director for Morton Buildings Inc. in Morton before joining the Senate staff.
This is a very good development. Through the grapevine I was hearing that Brady’s campaign was arrogantly ignoring every snippet of advice that so many top operatives were offering them and the result has been multiple mistakes, the sort that a well controlled campaign could easily have voided.
With the addition of Mrs. Schuh to the team, I think we can expect the Grady campaign to get a bit tighter and better presented. Brady dearly needs this because a large block of voters in this state don’t know a thing about him — that would be the voters of Cook County and the collar counties. To win some of these people over, the Brady campaign will need to be in top condition for the run. The addition of Schuh shows that Brady is finally getting serious about this thing.
This move gives me hope that Brady can cash in on the anti-Democrat fervor that is sweeping the country.