Monday, November 14, 2005

As The Rumor Mill Turns

The latest news floating around So. IL is about Danny Stover, a teacher at Kaskaskia College and Centralia city councilman. He wants to run against John Shimkus for IL-19. According to the Rumor Mill, one of Sen. Durbin's staff has approached certain Democratic county chairmen about him.

If true, it sounds like another anointed Republican running as a Democrat puppet. Just the type of candidate that Central & So. IL residents do NOT need. They know that the Party only allows the finest Republicans to wear the Democratic label. This agreement provides an excellent opportunity for Republicans to hide out in the Democratic Party, keep the deals in place, & deceive the true Democratic challenger candidates whenever and wherever possible.

While it is true that the voting records of Democratic leaders have little (actually NO) value when they do not fight for EVERY Congressional seat with a Republican incumbent, calling area millionaire friends to back a body is not the answer.

All gerrymandering happens at the expense of Democracy.


At 15 November, 2005 14:18, Blogger Kankakee Voice said...

Say it ain't so, Dick, say it ain't so! I've been so happy with the Senator recently. This is a disappointment if true.

At 19 November, 2005 00:09, Blogger Amy Allen said...

An alderman. An alderman. All right, to my recollection, Tim Bagwell had won no elected office whatsoever, so you are improving.

At 19 November, 2005 00:10, Blogger Amy Allen said...

Also, in your sidebar, you identify Nancy Johnson of Conn. as a Democrat. While I am glad that you are supporting her, US Rep Johnson is a Gooper.

At 02 December, 2005 18:07, Blogger Danny Stover said...

I am pleased to note that the rumor mill is working. Now let’s get it accurate also. I come from a strong Democratic background and have a long and indisputable reputation as such. I trust that you understand and respect Southern Illinoisans as I do. You are exactly right in your opposition to anointed Republican. I have held public office and I have served the public for over 32 years. I speak out for social justice, fight government waste, insists on honesty in government, and I will not condone a demagogue. I support choice, public education, protecting the environment, enhanced social services and protecting Social Security. I support working Americans, progressive ideals, and humanitarian goals. I have friends and supporters from all walks of life. I would like to extend the hand of friendship and cooperation to you and all voters that think that a true Democrat should represent the 19th in Congress. If you would like to know more about me as a Democrat you will find my positions on the issues at my web site at I will support whoever the Democratic nominee is after the primary. I hope all Democrats will do the same.

Danny Stover
Candidate for United States House of Representatives 19th Congressional District

At 02 December, 2005 22:05, Blogger Tim Bagwell said...

It is gratifying to see the entry on another credible candidate into the race for the Illinois 19th Congressional Disrict.

I concur with Mr. Stover's sentiments and will support the winner of the primary, the nominee of the party.

This race is good for democracy in Southern Illinois. It is important that the people be presented with choices. Too many seats go unchallenged. The race in Southern Illinois speaks well of our people, especially our Democrats.


Tim Bagwell
Candidate for United States House of Representatives 19th Congressional District


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