Monday, February 16, 2004

Making it a hat trick, State Senator Barack Obama, picked up his third North Shore Township Organization endorsement in three weeks this afternoon when the Northfield Township Democratic Organization (Committeewoman State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (Northbrook, 57th) Presiding), meeting in Northbrook, IL, endorsed the U. S. Senate Candidacy of Barack Obama. Picking up the requisite 60% for his township endorsement, Obama got 18 of 30 votes, with the remainder split among State Comptroller Dan Hynes (8 votes) and former Chicago School Board President Gery Chico (4 votes). Obama, Hynes, Chico and Joyce Washington all spoke to the Northfield group; Hull sent his daughter Megan to speak as a surrogate and Skinner sent a semi-surrogate who stood up and complained about Nancy being excluded from the upcoming WTTW debate and possibly the WLS/ League of Women Voters Forum. Pappas, it was said, was attending a charity event in Washington, DC. Chico, interrupted by Skinner's surrogate when he was about to begin speaking to the group, indicated he agreed that Nancy should be invited to the Democratic Senate Candidate forums. For more on the Buzz re Obama-Skinner, See Suburban Edition of "Public Affairs," posting, below.

Attending the Northfield Endorsement session in support of Senate Candidate Dan Hynes, and representing portions of Northfield Township, were State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg (Evanston, 9th) and State Sen. Susan Garrett (Lake Forest, 29th). Not attending, but representing portions of Northfield Township and supporting Hynes were State Rep. Karen May (Highland Park, 58th) and State Rep. Kathy Ryg (Vernon Hills, 59th).

Not attending the Endorsement session, but representing portions of Northfield Township and packing clout in support of Barack Obama was State Sen. Terry Link (Lake Bluff, 30th). Not attending the session, but also packing considerable clout in support of Barack Obama was State Rep. Julie Hamos (Evanston, 18th) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (9th Cong. Dist.), both of whom gave substantial help to Obama in his previous wins in New Trier and Evanston townships. The saying around the North Shore for Democrats running for office: The Schakowsky/Hamos support card-- Don't leave home without it. Others talk, they deliver.

BTW, Schoenberg, Garrett, Link, Hamos and Schakowsky, not to mention Obama, Hull, Chico, Skinner and Washington as U. S. Senate Candidates and Pappas as County Treasurer and Hynes as State Comptroller are all former guests of "Public Affairs," and those are acts of kindness and acts in the Public Interest that "Public Affairs," well appreciates.