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Republicans Get Bad News in Illinois

Another drawback for the Republican Party.

At a time when 28 House Republicans have either resigned or are not running again, when candidate recruitment is not going well,  and when the accounting scandal surrounding the National Republican Congressional Committee draws increasing media attention, the Republican Party did not need what happened Thursday in Illinois.
 
In the 11th District (Will County), where seven-term GOPer Jerry Weller is stepping down this year, Republicans nominated New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann as their standard-bearer.  Baldermann, who doubles as police chief of Chicago Ridge, had the blessings of Weller and most local party sachems and won the primary handily on February 5.
 
Just over two weeks later, on February 22, Baldermann stunned party leaders from Chicago to Washington by announcing he was resigning the nomination.  “I have reached the conclusion that I cannot ably serve the citizens of those two municipalities while also running a full-time campaign for Congress," Baldermann said in a statement. "Though I tried to make it work, I’ve learned that it’s just not possible to essentially have four full-time jobs — mayor, chief, father of five and congressional candidate.” 
 
Under party rules, a special district-wide convention will be held within a few weeks to select a new nominee. Sources in Chicago told me that State GOP Chairman Andy McKenna has some independently wealthy prospects for the nomination.
 
But whoever is the nominee will face an uphill battle against Democratic State Sen. Deb Halvorson of Crete, who had already out-raised Baldermann by a margin of 4-to-1.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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