-By Warner Todd Huston
Well, the 13th Congressional District has had it’s Republican candidate for Congress appointed by the Illinois GOP.
Before I get to that, I apologize for not getting this up sooner as I had taken a break from posting too much over the last two weeks. I won’t bore you with why, but I had some “stuff’ going on that left little time for blogging.
So, as many of you know Representative Tim Johnson of the 15th District decided he wasn’t going to run for another term in Washington. Unfortunately he didn’t “decide” this until after he won his primary for reelection.
One may ask why Johnson didn’t announce this retirement before the primary That would be a very good question. You see, if a primary winner suddenly drops from the race it is up to the state party to appoint someone as that candidate’s replacement. Most people understood that this was Johnson’s underhanded way of getting his buddy, congressional aide Jerry Clarke, appointed by party big wigs to run in his stead.
But once this got out, the outrage about such an insider deal torpedoed Mr. Clarke’s little charade and he was eventually passed over for the appointment.
After deliberation by Party Chair Pat Brady and a committee he arranged to vet candidates, one was at last chosen.
That candidate, then, will be Rodney Davis. Davis is a former aide to Rep. John Shimkus and is a state party insider.
Davis was supposedly chosen by unanimous ballot in the closed-door meeting, but Jon Zahm reported on his blog that this was not the case from the start and that any unanimity that came about only did so after several ballots. As the final votes still remain secret, Zahm also decries the lack of transparency in the process.
While Mr. Davis is another insider he is one with a bit better record than Clarke’s. Still, he is an insider nonetheless. Some people are not happy with the choice, of course. Both Doug Ibendahl and Zahm, for instance, were supporting the candidacy of Tea Party-inspired Erika Harold. Let us hope that her first foray into politics won’t be her last.
In any case, Rodney Davis would be better than a Democrat. If faced with a Democrat and even the worst Republican, I have to go with the Republican.