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  •  yes (4.00)
    but . . . Rahm didn't support Cegelis in 2004, and Dean did, and lo and behold she got 44% of the vote, better than anybody expected.  Don't you think that rankled?
    •  it sure did, (none)
      but dean still has her back.
    •  the 44%, and a Catch-22 (none)
      It didn't bother Rahm at all. He saw a cherry ripe for the pickin' in 2006.

      Pavlov's dog is a better analogy: foaming-at-the-mouth excited that a hand-picked, preferably self-funding, candidate (who would owe big-time to the powers who enabled slating) would beat Henry Hyde in a walk-over.

      DTrip immediately contacted Cegelis and laid out a roadmap for their backing that was virtually impossible for a grass-roots-based candidacy to achieve. The "emissary" go-betweens were Schakowsky campaign operatives. Goals - far exceeding reasonable - of fundraising and early district polling were established as requirements for DTrip backing, all while Emanuel & Co were seeking somebody to hand the district to.

      The obvious underlying message to Cegelis' campaign was that no Organization Dems would lift a finger to help with big fundraising, and she would have to continue to depend on the small donor solution that got her almost 45% of the vote last time. The real truth of the matter was this: The fundraising goals established were high enough to require successful BIG fundraisers ($500/plate variety) that needed well-connected sponsorship, but those folks were all in Emanual's pocket, sitting on their hands waiting to see what the DTrip chairman would come up with.

      BushIsWeak.com ... somebody really ought to register this domain name ...

      by wystler on Thu Dec 15, 2005 at 02:36:50 PM PST

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      •  huh? (none)
        DTrip immediately contacted Cegelis and laid out a roadmap for their backing that was virtually impossible for a grass-roots-based candidacy to achieve. The "emissary" go-betweens were Schakowsky campaign operatives. Goals - far exceeding reasonable - of fundraising and early district polling were established as requirements for DTrip backing....

        What about that was unreasonable?
        •  asdf (none)
          the goals, along with a lack of established heavy hitting party types to sponsor funders because of the implicit disapproval, made it clear that the Cegelis campaign was targetted ...

          BushIsWeak.com ... somebody really ought to register this domain name ...

          by wystler on Thu Dec 15, 2005 at 03:02:38 PM PST

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          •  But: (none)
            Cegelis just ran.  Why didn't she have a network of local citizens, unions and electeds willing to do that kind of fundraising for her?
            •  they are ... (none)
              ... and they have been, and they're still doing so ...

              fundraisers she's run have been the $40/plate variety ... she's done the kind of well that any candidate without the aid of the big-time sponsors can pull in here in the northwest surburbs ... what she could use is the kind of attention that party connections manage ... they're all downtown types, and many have been focused on their own 2006 issues ...

              Christine will beat Tammy in the primary, and should manage some helpful name recognition in the process, but the DTrip money spent on challenging Ms. Cegelis could have gone much further if it were directed toward the winning campaign to begin with.

              BushIsWeak.com ... somebody really ought to register this domain name ...

              by wystler on Thu Dec 15, 2005 at 03:18:15 PM PST

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