Chicago Tribune writer: Green Party’s Whitney most sensible, well-informed of IL gov candidates

From Green Party Watch:

After the Chicago Tribune joint interview of 5 candidates for governor of Illinois, Tribune op-ed columnist Eric Zorn blogged:

Of the five candidates for governor at the joint interview, Green Party nominee Rich Whitney was the best spoken, had the best command of the facts and, in my opinion, had the most sensible ideas for moving Illinois forward.

If we only had an instant-runoff voting system where a ballot cast  for a third-party candidate down in the polls, as Whitney is, isn’t a purely symbolic gesture at the expense of a voter’s second favorite candidate.

The post sparked an interesting discussion in the comments section, which you can read here.

2 thoughts on “Chicago Tribune writer: Green Party’s Whitney most sensible, well-informed of IL gov candidates

  1. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    Poly Sci #101: “OCTOBER SURPRISE”

    But opposition research can backfire of simply fall flat.

    “There are so many different channels for it now — TV ads, web videos, e-mail, blogs, radio, direct mail. The message can become so fractured that people tune it out,” said Kevin Madden, a Republican communications operative. “It has to be potent.”

    Political operatives on both sides compile reams of information on candidates’ personal backgrounds and professional records. Divorce files and housing documents are mined.

    Video appearances and audio recordings are collected. Rumors of wrongdoing are chased down.

    Politically damaging disclosures eventually are leaked by allies to local media outlets or posted without fingerprints on the Internet, giving candidates plausible deniability so voters don’t hold them accountable for negative campaigning.

    In many cases, the information finds its way into TV ads in a campaign’s final weeks.

    Timing is important: Plant information too early and voters may forget about it, too late and they may not learn about it before heading to the polls.

    And so, with four weeks until Election Day, the disclosures and allegations pile higher.

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