Monday, December 12, 2005

Better than Monday night Football: Rep. Churchill on TV / Webcast

Our show with State Rep. Bob Churchill [R-Lake Villa, 8th CD Primary Candidate] is airing tonight through-out the City of Chicago on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV] at 8:30 pm. The show can also be watched anytime as a webcast on the Public Affairs Cinema Complex [See here].
For many suburban viewers, this episode of the show will air again tomorrow night in its regular time slot on Cable: Tuesday night at 8:30 pm in 24 suburbs on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 or 35, as indicated, below:

On Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette

And on Comcast Cable Channel 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.
Churchill debates and discusses domestic policy, foreign policy, social cultural issues, women’s issues and politics with show host and legal recruiter Jeff Berkowitz
A partial transcript of the show is included, below.
Jeff Berkowitz: Let’s go over to some horse-race issues. We mentioned before there are other candidates. We mentioned Dave McSweeney, Teresa Bartels is in, Kathy Salvi is in, you’re in, that’s four, some might say the major candidates, the people who are thought to have the resources to put on a major campaign, and then you have Ken Arnold, good person, may not have the resources to be there, a guy who calls himself Abe Lincoln, I think that’s Aaron Lincoln-

Rep. Bob Churchill: Aaron Lincoln. Nice kid. Nice guy.

Jeff Berkowitz: But… what some people are saying here is that Melissa Bean is there [in Washington, DC], she’s a female, to beat a female incumbent in this race, you need a female. You need Kathy Salvi, you need Teresa Bartels, what do you say about that?

Rep. Bob Churchill: Well, that’s the same argument they made when Mark Kirk was running against a female, and they said oh, no, it will take a female to win this race, because you will have a female opponent, and Mark Kirk beat everybody in the primary and then turned around in the general election and won that, too. I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. I really think it’s going to come down to experience. I think people are going to say you have a freshman legislator, right now, in congress, and you’ve got a bunch of other people who would then become freshmen. You know what makes a difference here. Well, I think if I walk in there, and I say, “Look, I’ve got nineteen years in the Illinois House of Representatives, twenty by that time, then people will say, here’s somebody who’s experienced in government. Here’s somebody who has fought the battles, has represented people, then that would match me better off with Melissa Bean than the sexual question.

Jeff Berkowitz: Well, let me ask you, you raised that on the women’s issue, and that vote in particular. You’re going through a divorce. It is ongoing, right now.

Rep. Bob Churchill: Right.

Jeff Berkowitz: And, it’s being going on for what, seven years?

Rep. Bob Churchill: Probably longer than that.

Jeff Berkowitz: So, you’re separated, but not divorced?

Rep. Bob Churchill: Oh, absolutely. Yeah.

Jeff Berkowitz: Divorces, in general, I think the populace knows this, divorce rates probably are reasonably high in your district, as in most districts, could be one out of two, one out of three, so people know something about divorces. And, they know they’re usually contentious and acrimonious. But, when you’re doing that, I raise this in the context-- as you know, there have been several campaigns recently, in Illinois, where candidates ran, there were disclosure issues, got the nomination, after that, things came out. The candidate was wounded, and, you know, big mess. Are there things you need to disclose about that divorce now, up front, so that people, when voting, if they want to support you, are confident that there won’t be a repeat of what I’ve just described.

Rep. Bob Churchill: Well, first of all, let me just say that I wouldn’t wish divorce on anybody. I certainly wouldn’t, I mean, it is just like you wouldn’t wish somebody that they get cancer. I wouldn’t wish that people would go through divorce. It’s not a nice thing; it’s not a happy thing. It’s a hard part of life when you have to do that. The divorce rate at this point is over fifty percent of new marriages which is not a great thing for our society, but, nevertheless, that is what we’re looking at. I’ve been in divorce court for, like you said, seven or eight years. Every thing is out in the open. We haven’t hidden anything. We haven’t put anything--

Jeff Berkowitz: Public files. People can go down to the Courthouse [and take a look].

Rep. Bob Churchill: I’ve run through now four elections, where people have gone and looked at that and come back. Some have made comment about that; some have not made comment about that. So, I feel like I’ve been vetted on that whole issue.

Jeff Berkowitz: There’s nothing in there that you would be uncomfortable [about it] coming out in the public record?

Rep. Bob Churchill: It’s all in the public record already, so, I mean, it’s not anything unusual.

Jeff Berkowitz: I know that [it is in public record]. But, are there things that you’ve said about your wife during the course of that divorce, or actions that you’ve taken with respect to your wife or your kids that you are going to be embarrassed about if-- You are saying it’s in the public record, but if it starts getting discussed.

Rep. Bob Churchill: Well, I don’t think there’ll be anything, and like I’ve said, I’ve gone through four elections [since the divorce started].
State Rep. Bob Churchill, recorded on November 27, 2005 and as is airing on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs tonight, December 12 at 8:30 pm on CANTV, Cable Ch. 21 and has been and still is airing at the "Public Affairs Cinema."
Transcript drafts prepared by Amy Allen, who also does research for “Public Affairs,” and has her own political blog [See here].
Jeff Berkowitz, Host and Producer of Public Affairs and an Executive Recruiter doing Legal Search, can be reached at