For a while, Jen Gong-Gershowitz (running for State Rep in the Democratic 1°) was way ahead of the others postcardwise, but the others have made strong showings in the last week or so.It's good to know that the candidates for 17th district rep have friends. In the last few days, the friends have been going negative on the candidates they aren't friends with. Here's one: "Close the curtains on Candance Chow." The card says it should be curtains for Chow because she opposes the Democratic proposal for a progressive income tax. The discerning reader will immediately notice that this card didn't come from the Gong-Gershowitz campaign. First, Gong-Gershowitz isn't prominently mentioned; second, Donald Trump isn't mentioned at all. In the fine-printed return address, we find the only mention of Gong-Gershowitz: Friends For Jennifer.
And here's another postcard. It does mention Gong-Gershowitz, and quite prominently, but we can tell that it's not from her campaign because Trump isn't mentioned. It isn't from the Chow campaign either; it's from Friends of Candance Chow. "Why," asks the postcard, "is Mike Madigan bankrolling Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz' campaign? Only the Shadow knows..." (the ellipsis dots are the postcard's, not mine, and the redacted material reads "Hwah hwah hwah hee hee hee hee yuk yuk [snork] hwah hwah"). And "Only the Shadow knows" is printed on a dark background. Prominently featured is a Gong-Gershowitz campaign logo, part of it under the shadow of Mike Madigan (the shadow is the same color as the "Only [etc.]" background).This seems to be an allusion to the old The Shadow radio show. There are at least two problems with the allusion. First, "Only" shouldn't be in there. Second, the Shadow was a good guy.
Mike Madigan is the Speaker of the Ilinois House, the chair of the state Democratic Party, and no less corrupt than you'd have any reason to expect. He's also the person Illinois Republicans hate the most, and it's de rigueur (if you will) for them to tie their opponents to him. Chow is running in the Democratic 1°, and the postcard doesn't explicitly attack Madigan; it just mentions him (in a menacing, noiresque tone) as the power behind Gong-Gershowitz. And the postcard is right; Gong-Gershowitz is clearly the candidate of the Democratic establishment. You can see this from the list of endorsements on her web site. And the Friends of Candance Chow differ from the Friends Of Jen; Chow's friends actually say nice stuff about Chow in the postcard, while Gong-Gershowitz is invisible in the postcard from her friends, other than in the return address.I wish I had friends. [Pout.]