Last night, Mitt Romney accepted the nomination as our party's candidate for President of the United States.
Now: game on.
Across America today, voters from all backgrounds are talking about Mitt's speech - the way he shared his family's past and humble roots, his clear and compelling contrast with our current President, his spot-on outreach to disappointed Obama independents. Romney nailed it, and we've got clear momentum.
The Illinois delegation began yesterday's morning session with an appearance from Speaker of the House, John Boehner. Boehner was focused and very direct in his assessment of just how critical the Illinois congressional delegation is to protecting our majority in Congress. We have 5 races that will, in all likelihood, decide whether or not we see Nancy Pelosi retake the Speaker's gavel. Boehner's call for action in Illinois echoed yesterday's talk by former Speaker Denny Hastert.
Illinois really matters this November.
Fox 32 Chicago has made the decision to air a Chicago Bears exhibition game instead of Governor Romney's speech at tonight's Republican National Convention. The station has also decided to air President Obama's speech in entirety during next week's Democratic National Convention.
The Chicago Republican Party urges Fox Chicago to reconsider this decision. It is fundamentally unfair to air one candidate's speech and not the other's. While it may have been a business decision, it feels like censorship.
The Illinois Delegation was excited for the third day of our time down here in Tampa, because Tuesday was the day when things really cranked into full gear.
The morning delegation meeting kicked off at 9am with remarks from IL Chairman Pat Brady, and an overview of the day's events and itinerary from State Treasurer Dan Rutherford. We were delighted to hear from the morning's opening speaker, former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, who stressed for us the important of this election and spent time discussing the impact of election integrity (or lack thereof) in his loss to Al Franken in 2008. Losing by just 100 or so votes, it was recently reported that over 1000 felons voted in that election, providing the margin of "victory" for now Senator Franken.
The Chicago Republican Party issued the following statement:
As reported by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey bashed Chicago politics today, saying that the "President is nothing more than a Chicago ward politician," and "We’ve had enough of Chicago ward politics in the Oval Office."
We're not insulted. Governor Christie is absolutely right. Here in Chicago, we watched with horror as Chicago Machine thuggery found its way into the White House.
In Chicago, ward politicians give favors to friends, deny business permits to political opponents, and demand campaign contributions from anyone who does business with the city. Pay-to-play is a way of life.
In Washington, the Obama administration gives Obamacare exemptions to its friends, sends billions in stimulus money to favored groups, hammers those who oppose Obamacare regulations with threats of government retaliation, and collects campaign contributions from those who get government payoffs. Pay-to-play is becoming a way of life.
We thank Governor Christie for calling it what it is.
Lynn Sweet's article:
Despite having nearly all of the official RNC-scheduled agenda cancelled yesterday, the Illinois delegation still had an action-packed day!
Our delegation convened for our morning session with remarks from IL GOP Chairman Pat Brady, Treasurer Dan Rutherford, House Leader Tom Cross, and Senate Leader Christine Radogno. The topic was Illinois politics and the message coming from party leadership was clear and consistent: if we're going to change Illinois for the better, we need to fire Mike Madigan. Optimism runs high this year as our state House and Senate candidates are giving us several solid pickup opportunities this November.
Day of the Republican National Convention was a busy one for the Illinois delegation.
After arriving throughout the day (some right before the storm hit!), we gathered at the hotel and set off for the opening event at Tropicana Field. The kick-off event was nothing short of spectacular, with a live concert and performances from a variety of entertainers. The Chicago GOP is well-represented here, with former Chairman Eloise Gerson serving as the Delegation Whip for our state, and a number of city-based delegates and alternates here in attendance.
CHICAGO, IL – Cook County Republican Party Chairman Aaron Del Mar announced today the creation of the Cook County Election Integrity Committee. This committee, created in July, is focused on appointing Republican Election Judges to over 8000 Election Judge openings that must be filled before each election in Cook County and Chicago. About 40% of these positions have been vacant and remain to be filled before the November election.
Congratulations to Eloise Gerson, past Chicago GOP Chairman and current 42nd Ward Committeeman who was named the Whip for the Illinois Delegation to the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week. The Whip role places Eloise as the second ranking member of the delegation after Chairman Dan Rutherford, who is not only our State Treasurer but also the Chairman of the Romney Campaign in Illinois.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle should apologize to the family of former President Ronald Reagan for saying he deserves "a special place in hell."
Such unprofessional language from an elected executive is highly inappropriate. Such words only add to the corrosive trend in our politics.
President Preckwinkle failed to point out that every President since Reagan, including Barack Obama, has upheld and executed the nation's narcotics policy.
President Reagan was one of the nation's greatest leaders, guiding our nation from despair to optimism, from an economic malaise to wide spread prosperity and guiding free people away from the threat of Communism toward the light of liberty. Reagan's legacy of robust leadership reminds us of the traits that make great national leaders.