Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Eisendrath asked: Show me the Money; Blagojevich, the Stealth Candidate

Jeff Berkowitz: Everybody here would like to know where the money is because they think unless your ads are up and they are not up; and unless you have some showing that you have a few million dollars, nobody is going to take you seriously.

Edwin Eisendrath [2006 Democratic gubernatorial primary candidate] : Jeff, you know I had what, 40-50 questions from people here in the room [Ed. Note: probably more like 10 to 15 from the 200, or so, in attendance, before the presser, which probably produced another dozen, or so, questions]. If everybody wanted to know, somebody but you would have asked before now. I have a campaign plan and I am going to stick with it. And, I think everybody quite correctly is going to forgive me for not telling the Governor what that plan is or how it is going to work.

Berkowitz: Can you tell us something about where the [campaign] money is?

Eisendrath: It is available and I think sufficient. I’d like to raise more. But, I have what it takes to be a competitive campaign. And, you, it will be showing up around the State and, as they say, it will be at a theater near you very soon.

Berkowitz: How soon are the ads going up? How soon are the ads going up? How soon?

Eisendrath: [No Answer, but to be fair, we were told by Eisendrath’s Communications Director, Monica Teague, as I was asking my first question that that would be the last question; When I tried for the hat trick, Eisendrath exited the presser, on his way to Champaign].
Edwin Eisendrath, speaking at a press conference that followed Edwin’s speech and his post speech answers to questions from the 200, or so, City Club of Chicago members and guests attending the City Club of Chicago lunch program on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at Maggiano’s Banquet Hall. The Program was intended to be a debate, but Blagojevich snubbed it, as he did during the 2002 Democratic Primary, and as he apparently intends to do for all such forums scheduled for the 2006 Primary campaign, becoming Rod Blagojevich, the Stealth candidate.
Among other members of the media who listened to and watched the lunch program and presser were John Chase [Chicago Tribune], Scott Fornek [Chicago Sun-Times] and Craig Dellimore [WBBM-AM radio].
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at