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Rich Whitney: A final campaign message to supporters

Dave Schwab at Green Party Watch:

From Illinois Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney:

November 4, 2010 – 12:34 am

Don’t Lose Heart! Cause for Hope Amidst the Disappointment

A “Final” Campaign Message (But Read On!)
by Rich Whitney, 2010 Green Party Candidate for Governor

To the hundreds of people who supported me in my campaign for Governor, and to the roughly 100,000 or so who saw fit to vote for me, despite the politics of fear that swept Illinois this election season, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.… Read more ...

Illinois exit poll: ‘I voted for change’

From a sampling of voter responses compiled by Phil Dotree at Yahoo News:

“(Democrat gubernatorial candidate Pat) Quinn wants to raise taxes. He won’t get the votes. (Republican candidate Bill) Brady says he’ll never raise taxes. He’ll just cut spending. How will that work when they can’t afford to pay anybody now?… Read more ...

Springfield IL State Journal Register: Green Whitney and Libertarian Green are better choices than Scott Lee Cohen

Journal-Register article sent to us by Scott West:

On Election Day, some people will be tempted to mark their ballot for Scott Lee Cohen, the independent candidate for governor.

They will look at their ballot and see the names of Republican Bill Brady and Democrat Pat Quinn and think about all the negative advertising the two have lobbed at each other.… Read more ...

Rich Whitney’s Campaign Is “Scraping the bottom of the barrel”

Rich Whitney sent out a strongly-worded (and somewhat frantic?) fundraising plea to supporters earlier this week. Below is an excerpt from the message:

Circumstances force me to be blunt: My campaign is REALLY hurting for money right now. Just when we need to be peaking, so that we can get some radio and cable TV ads and buy yard and window signs, and numerous other essentials, we are instead scraping the bottom of the barrel…

…Thus far, supporters have not followed through on such basic fundraising efforts as expected.

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Scott Lee Cohen News Roundup

Everybody’s favorite Independent candidate for Governor of Illinois in 2010 (the only one to be precise) gets a campaign update on IPR today.

  • Weren’t sure if Cohen planned to open up his massive coffers on his independent bid for Governor? Think again. Cohen is definitely playing it honest with voters: he plans to cut wasteful programs, but says he will need expert advice to pick out the specifics.
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Rich Whitney at 11% in IL Gubernatorial Race

From PublicPolicyPolling’s blog:

Despite being largely unknown and not particularly well liked Bill Brady leads with 39% to 30% for Quinn and 11% for Green Party candidate Rich Whitney, continuing his path toward becoming one of the most unlikely big state Governors in recent history.

Brady is winning 80% of Republicans while only 60% of Democrats are committed to Quinn.

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Update on the Rich Whitney campaign for governor in Illinois

Several news items regarding the Green Party candidate or governor, Rich Whitney, in Illinois.

Whitney reacts to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn choosing a running mate from Whitney’s own hometown of Carbondale:

Whitney commented that “Quinn’s selection of a Southern Illinoisan was probably an adroit move on his part. I think it says something about the gathering strength of our own campaign that he decided to try to address my own base of support in this part of the state.”

“Still, I congratulate Sheila Simon on her selection.

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Illinois: Rich Whitney gives response to State of the State Address

from a campaign press release:

Whitney provides a Green Party response to State of the State Address

Carbondale, IL -Green Party candidate for Governor Rich Whitney issued the following statement today in response to Governor Quinn’s State of the State Address:

I must confess that I wrote most of this statement before listening to Governor Quinn’s State of the State address today.

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Illinois Governor to appoint a Green to state university board

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is set to name four people to serve on the board of Chicago State University.  One of them, Julie Samuels, ran for Lt. Gov. as a Green in 2006 and is currently the vice president of the state party.  The Chicago Tribune says that the Green Party is “a group Quinn undoubtedly would like to tap as he runs in 2010 for the state’s top job.”  The ambiguous wording of this phrase and meaning of the appointment could be a combination of good and bad for the party – this is a sign of the state party’s growing legitimacy in the political arena, but could also be a way for Governor Quinn to keep them out of his (and other Democrats’) way in his bid for re-election.… Read more ...

Green Party to laid off workers: “Consider Running for Office”

From an Illinois Green Party press release:

Saturday, September 5, 2009
Patrick Kelly, Media Coordinator, Illinois Green Party

Green Party to laid off workers: “Consider Running for Office”

In light of reports that AFSCME union workers’ jobs hang in the balance under Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to cut state spending, the Illinois Green Party offers this suggestion to those who do get laid off: If and when that pink slip comes, don’t despair — consider a run for public office.… Read more ...

Green candidate Whitney accuses Democratic opponent of troubling fundraising practices

Rich Whitney is the Green Party candidate for governor in Illinois.  In 2006 he ran and got over 10% of the vote.  He is now accusing the Democratic state comptroller – who is eying the governor’s seat – of unethical fundraising practices.

A press release from Rich Whitney’s gubernatorial campaign:

Rich Whitney, Green Party candidate for Governor, welcomed potential
rival Dan Hynes into the race for governor, but noted that he will
make an issue of Hynes' fundraising practices, which are not very
different from those of ousted Gov.
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