Monday, February 27, 2006

Trumping "The Apprentice,": Joe Birkett on TV and Streaming

Jeff Berkowitz: But, she [Judy Baar Topinka] would not; she would not sign a pro-life bill that passed.

Joe Birkett, Topinka's Lt. Gov. Running Mate and DuPage County State’s Attorney: Sure, she would.
"Public Affairs," with Joe Birkett [R], Topinka's Lt. Gov. Running Mate and DuPage County State's Attorney, is airing throughout the City of Chicago tonight at 8:30 pm on CANTV, Cable Ch. 21.

The show is also available as a video podcast at the Public Affairs Cinema Complex with about a dozen other shows [See here], including this week's suburban edition of "Public Affairs," with 6th Cong. Dist. Dem. Primary Candidate Lindy Scott.

This week's suburban edition of "Public Affairs," features 6th Cong. Dist. Dem. Primary Candidate Professor Lindy Scott. Scott, an Evangelical, teaches at Wheaton College, and applies his moral philosophy to deciding public policy issues. Prof. Scott discusses the issues in the 6th CD Democratic Primary and his two opponents, including a discussion of opponent Cegelis-- who canceled her scheduled appearance on the show-- and the level and quality of her campaign organization, and her performance in 2004; and a discussion of opponent Major Duckworth, who has declined to appear on our show-- and whether she has been voting in national elections and whether she has taken consistent positions on CAFTA and the War.
Republican Lt. Gov. Candidate Joe Birkett debates and discusses with Show Host and Executive Legal Recruiter Jeff Berkowitz more than a dozen state economic and social issues, including abortion, education, campaign contributions from state contractors, Bill Cellini, taxes, spending, capital punishment, who to blame for Alan Keyes, reform and much, much more.
A partial transcript of tonight's show is included, below:
Jeff Berkowitz: Social issues. You’ve been known as a social conservative. Some say that that’s why you’re there, to bring the social conservatives over to Judy [Baar Topinka], but they say, “How can it be?” Look, she’s marching in the “gay rights” parade; would you march in the gay rights parade?

DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett: No, but the fact is-

Jeff Berkowitz: She’s pro-choice, essentially. You’re pro-life. How do you square these things?

State’s Attorney Joe Birkett: Judy supports my effort to the Illinois Supreme Court to-

Jeff Berkowitz: The parental notice issue.

Joe Birkett: To overturn, yeah.

Berkowitz: But, she [Judy Baar Topinka] would not; she would not sign a pro-life bill that passed.

State’s Attorney Joe Birkett: Sure, she would.

Jeff Berkowitz: If there were a ban on abortion-- if the Supreme Court changed it [overturned Roe v. Wade] so that the issue was returned to the states and the Illinois legislature changed and they were able to have a law banning abortion, excepting the life of the mother, or excepting the life and in cases of rape and incest, as you believe, she wouldn’t sign that bill. You know that. And, you agree with me. She wouldn’t sign that bill. You’re here to speak for her, so would she sign that bill?

State’s Attorney Joe Birkett: Let me just tell you this. We hope we get to that point, where we have that debate.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, if you do-

DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett: But, that is something that’s not going to happen in the next couple of years. If we got to that circumstance, I would use everything in my power to lobby Judy to sign the bill.

Jeff Berkowitz: Should we lift the moratorium on capital punishment? [tonight’s show ends, but the conversation continued], would you recommend that.

State’s Attorney Joe Birkett: Not only would I recommend it, I said it years ago. And, I was right. You know I was right. Everybody out there knows I was right. That was a political tool. Everybody agreed. I agreed. I wrote a lot of the reform- [conversation ends].
Joe Birkett[R], Topinka's Lt. Gov. Running Mate and DuPage County State's Attorney, recorded on February 12, 2006 and as is airing on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs tonight, Feb. 27 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21.
Transcript draft prepared by Amy Allen, who also does research for “Public Affairs,” and has her own political blog [See here].
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at