Chris Essig

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Scott Brown’s victory and Groundhog Day (the movie)

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It should be no surprise that the Illinois GOP has been overflowing with excitement after Scott Brown’s unlikely victory in Massachusetts. The state, after all, hasn’t elected a Republican to Senate for more than 35 years. Here in Illinois, many candidates and party affiliates are hoping the seating of Brown will signal a national Democratic dethroning come November. As a result, the list of local GOPers lining up to congratulate Brown grew long last night as the election results came in.

Mark Kirk, a candidate for U.S. Senate, for instance, used the opportunity to solicit supporters. Fellow Senate candidate Patrick Hughes tweeted about the victory, as did Bill Brady and Jim Ryan, candidates for governor. Republicans Kirk Dillard and Dan Proft went a step further and extended their congratulations in an official statement. Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady did as well, proclaiming loud and clear that “Illinois is next.” My bureau chief, consequently, wrote a story on the press release, as many media outlets did.

Adam Andrzejewski, the fifth candidate in the governor’s race to sound off on the Massachusetts’ election, went the furthest by actually releasing a video on YouTube congratulating Brown. Check it out:

It adds a more personal touch, I guess.

But the most bizarre response I saw–by far–came from John Arrington, a little-know candidate for U.S. Senate. In his press release congratulating Brown, he compared the movie Groundhog Day to Illinois. You’ll have to see this to believe it:

If you recall the movie Ground Hog day, Bill Murray had to relive that day over and over again until he got his life right.  Are we going to continue to relive the past here Illinois by electing the same corrupt, self serving, or unprincipled politicians? Or are we finally going to elect a principled servant of the people, who will go to Washington and defend the Constitution and move us past the reliving of Ground Hog day?

Groundhog Day, by the way, is two words, not three. But all kidding aside, what the hell?

Very usual…

Written by csessig

January 20, 2010 at 11:54 pm

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