Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOP Attorney General Candidate Paul Schimpf Forms 2nd Amendment Advisory Council

More news coming out of the Paul Schimpf campaign as they become more active as the summer goes on. This time, around guns:
Republican Attorney General candidate Paul Schimpf formed a Second Amendment Advisory Council to examine areas in which the Attorney General can act to protect the Second Amendment rights of Illinois citizens. The initial five members of the Council include: J.D. Barter, Eric Dowd, Blair Garber, Lee Groharing, and Tuck Marshall.

J.D. Barter is an Army veteran, a retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer with the Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the owner of Tombstone Gun Range & Training in Marion. Eric Dowd is the Vice President of the McHenry County Sportsmen’s Association and an NRA Certified Instructor who resides in McHenry. Blair Garber lives in Evanston and is a Certified Pistol Instructor for the NRA and an Illinois State Police Concealed Carry Instructor. Lee Groharing is an Air Force veteran, a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois State Rifle Association, and the Chairman of Three Rivers Friends of NRA. Lee lives in New Lenox. Tuck Marshall is an Army veteran, an Illinois Concealed Carry Instructor, and a Licensed Private Investigator who resides in Frankfort. 
We are very excited to have this experienced group advising the next Attorney General of Illinois.

Looks Like the "Lockdown" On Social Media For Mike Frerichs Is Over?

We have to give Mike Frerichs some credit.  He's jumped right back in the saddle as he flails about aimlessly on Facebook and Twitter with photos of his whereabouts and what-have-yous.  Late yesterday, he posted a few photos after a period of a series of aborted posts and silence.

We were, however, tipped some footage from a campaign tracker that shows how liberated Mike Frerichs campaign staff felt yesterday afternoon after they decided they could - once again - post on social.  Check it out - Mike's team sure is geeked up about being able to wield his camera phone:

The Foundation Is Crumbling: A Rough Six Months For Mike Frerichs

Talk about a foundation crumbling underneath you.  Pfew...we're sure glad we're not down at Frerichs HQ this week.  It surely wasn't a pleasant place to be.

This week caps a very troubling six month performance for Illinois Candidate for State Treasurer Mike Frerichs. He has - without question - had the worst campaign rollout in modern Illinois campaign history.

Let's hit recap on Frerichs thus far:

Six months ago, Democrat Sen. Mike Frerichs launched his campaign for Treasurer. Let’s take a moment to look at some of the highlights from his campaign so far.
  • January, 2014: Misleading from the beginning: Frerichs launched his campaign with a video touting his record of reform by ending legislative perks and voting to cut his own pay. Within 24 hours, he was forced to remove the video because he actually voted against ending legislative perks and voted formultiple pay raises. (Source: Capitol Fax, Video)
  • April, 2014: Flip-Flop on merging the offices of Comptroller & Treasurer: After voting to merge the offices in 2011, Frerichs told WBBM News in April that he was against the merger. This flip-flop invited his hometown newspaper, the Champaign News-Gazette to write this about Frerichs:
“But [Frerichs] clearly doesn’t know what he really thinks, and, when candidates don’t know what they believe, they say whatever seems convenient at the moment.” (Source: Champaign News-Gazette, WBBM)
  • May 2014: Frerichs supports unbalanced budget: Fox News Political Editor Mike Flannery described the budget this way: “I can’t recall seeing as irresponsible budget as was just approved… You’d think that the whole General Assembly was on medical marijuana when they were passing this thing. It’s grotesquely out of balance… They emptied their whole dirty bag of tricks to make it look balanced.” (Official Illinois Senate Records, Fox News)
  • June 2014: Democrat Paul Vallas criticizes Frerichs budget, while Frerichs looks on. “We’ve had decades of bad practices: borrowing, deferring, not funding your pensions, not paying your bills, not being willing to make the tough decisions on the revenue side,” Vallas told about 160 Democrats including Mike Frerichs at a dinner at the Laborer’s Union Hall in Urbana. 
  • June 2014: Frerichs ducks debate with Cross: Democrat Senator Mike Frerichs ducked out of the first scheduled debate between himself and Republican Tom Cross. Frerichs had agreed to participate in the debate, hosted by Bill Cameron of WLS, but then ducked out.
  • July 2014: Frerichs endorsed by IEA, but IEA struggles to explain why. The IEA spokesman struggled for an excruciatingly uncomfortable 25 seconds to explain why the IEA endorsed Frerichs and then touted his strength at raising taxes. Listen by clicking here.
  • July 2014: Frerichs supports plan to end investment in Israel, touts Illinois-centric investment strategy: Over the last five months, Frerichs has delivered stinging criticism directed at the office of the Treasurer’s investment portfolio, specifically Illinois’ investment in other states and overseas. Frerichs countered with his own plan of exclusively Illinois investments, although he has not outlined how that plan would work or how it would meet the statutes restricting investments by the office of the Treasurer. One country singled out under Frerichs’ plan: Israel. The office of Treasurer currently has a total of $25 million invested in foreign bonds, all with the country of Israel.
“That’s really stupid.” (WLS Lauren Cohn, July 22, 2014)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"It's Really Stupid" - The Mike Frerichs Campaign for Treasurer Story

Looks like the fine folks over at WLS Radio might have stumbled upon the new Mike Frerichs for Illinois State Treasurer campaign slogan:  "It's Really Stupid" seems to trump "Standing Tall for Illinois", doesn't it?

Have a listen as Lauren and Pat discuss Mike's latest move and how it is playing with voters and what "is really stupid" this week:

Here's the full transcript:
Lauren: Back with Pat Brady, just stumbled on some interesting news. 
Pat: Yeah, our Treasurer candidate Mike Frerichs, a Democrat, decided as we talk about our friends in Israel getting bombed and attacked, he wants to pull all of our investment, our Illinois investment, out of the state of Israel. It's about $25 million.

Lauren: Why doesn't he put that on his campaign slogan?

Pat: Yeah that's not going to work so well, I think that's an incredibly bad idea. I think he's runnin' with it.

Lauren: It's really stupid.

Pat: 24/7, everybody sympathetic to the state of Israel, and one of our candidates announces its a good idea - I don't think its a good idea.

Lauren: I'm with you on that.

Bruce Rauner Stands With Uber in Chicago, Calls on Quinn To Veto Bill

Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Bruce Rauner has come out strong in support of Uber in Chicago and is calling on Governor Pat Quinn to veto the #anti-Uber bill that is sitting on his desk.  

Smart move politically by Rauner as he's now standing on the side of innovation and importantly, jobs.   It also seems like a pretty easy decision as Bruce Rauner understands business and *has* to see the impact that Uber is having on our local economy, but also he can see where the future lies with the company.

From the Chicago Tribune:
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner on Tuesday urged Gov. Pat Quinn to veto a bill that would provide oversight of the largely unregulated industry of ride-sharing, including requiring drivers of companies such as Uber to have commercial insurance and possibly a chauffeur’s license. 
Rauner said regulations on the ride-sharing industry, including such companies as Uber, should be “relatively limited.” 
But Rauner said he believes that the primary goal of the bill is to “block competition.”
“It protects cab drivers,” Rauner said. 
The Illinois economy, however, should celebrate competition because “that’s what drives quality,” Rauner said. “Companies like Uber and Lyft and Sidecar -- we should have an environment here for them to grow.” 
Illinois has become a state hostile to business. Uber wants a regional headquarters in Chicago that would have more than 400 employees, Rauner said, but such regulations might scare it away.

Wikipedia Now Includes The "Frerichs Vortex" Phenomenon

Democrat Mike Frerichs 'digital' problems now extend way beyond his owned social media channels.  Word of his campaign problems/mistakes and it's impact on fellow campaigns has spread like wildfire and is now -apparently - firmly established as a *thing* of it's own.

As evidence, check this out: Wikipedia now hosts an entry on the totally newly discovered phenomenon of the "Mike Frerichs Vortex".  Check out this screen-grab of the entry.

Don't get pulled down, folks.  Stay as far away as you can.

5 Reactions From Around Illinois To The Week Mike Frerichs Is Having

This has been a legen - wait for it - dary week for the Illinois Treasurer's race.  To capture all the dynamics of the race, we hit the streets and captured reactions from five interested parties including Congressional Candidate Ann Callis, Democrat supporters, State Senate President John Cullerton, Statehouse Reporters, and campaign donors.

In case you missed it, you can check out "5 Reactions to Mike Frerichs Crowing About "Rebuilding Gifford" (While Wearing A Suit) here on the Truth Team.

Here's how this week is playing out for Mike Frerichs - Democrat Candidate for Illinois Treasurer in five reaction shots:

1. Ann Callis who is running for Congress against Rodney Davis has already been sucked into the "Frerichs Vortex" once by co-hosting an event with Tax Hike Mike Frerichs.  She's already been burned.  But now?  With all this stuff?  The Israel stuff?  The Walgreens stuff?  The crazy stuff on social media?  She's heading for the hills.  She doesn't need her campaign pulled down by the "Frerichs Vortex".

2.  Mike Frerichs supporters have been puttering along all summer.  Thinking..."hey...our guy has a money advantage and we'll be fine come November."  They are hit with a sudden realization that their guy is a trainwreck in July.  Ut oh.

3.  Mike Frerichs Chinaman John Cullerton can't believe what he sees in Capitol Fax.  Give a guy a big check and tell him to go out and run statewide and this is how he repays you?  Unreal.

4.  The Statehouse Press Corps can't believe that it took this long to find the "Scott Lee Cohen or Alan Keyes" of this election cycle.  Now...they have their man and it has been glorious thus far.

5.  Mike's donors having seen the 'return on their investment' so far are jumping out the window.  Why would they give this guy another dollar when they can make better bets on candidates who won't embarrass themselves and have the worst.summer.ever.

Good News, Mike Frerichs! There Might Be A Cure...

Great news for Illinois Treasurer's candidate Mike Frerichs.

Bad news for us here at the Truth Team if it works.

Dan Rutherford Gets The Important Questions About The Lincoln Series

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford was out visiting with the ladies of the Lincoln Series yesterday and took the time to post a photo on his Facebook Wall.  Very nice, right?

But...look closer.  People want the important questions answered.

Here's a close-up crop of the question at hand:

Well....was there?

Lincoln Report: Frerichs to Divest State Funds From Israel

The lead story over on The Lincoln Report is on State Treasurer's Candidate Mike Frerichs and his plan to pull back from investments overseas.  Here's how it looks on

And the story has the details:
Frerichs’ criticism of overseas investments also is at odds with his past voting record. As a Senator, Frerichs has supported overseas investments , but now as a candidate for Treasurer, Frerichs is leveling harsh criticism at the Treasurer’s global investment strategy. 
One country that would be singled out under Frerichs’ plan is Israel. The office of Treasurer currently has $25 million invested in foreign bonds, all with the country of Israel. 
More than 80 states and municipalities in the United States currently invest in Israel bonds. Last month the state of Ohio invested over $47 million in Israel bonds. Today, an Israel Bond with a 10 year maturity pays nearly 1.4% above the U.S. Treasury rate for the same length. Since the introduction of the bonds in 1951, Israel has never missed or defaulted on a payment.
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