Monday, May 28, 2007

Rep. Jim Durkin on State Taxes, McCain and more: Cable and Streaming

State Rep. Jim Durkin [R-Western Springs]: …The Republican nominee for President will be decided by February 5, 2008.
Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” airing at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV], features State Rep. Jim Durkin [R-Western Springs]. Durkin, who lost to Illinois’ senior U. S. Senator Dick Durbin in 2002 and is currently Co-Chair of the McCain for President campaign in Illinois, discusses state, national and Presidential issues with show host and legal recruiter Jeff Berkowitz.

For more about tonight’s topics, Durkin and his background, and a partial transcript of the show, go here.

You can also watch the show on your computer at, along with “Public Affairs,” shows featuring Presidential candidates McCain, Obama, Giuliani and Cox as well as pols, opinion makers and opinion shapers, e.g., 4th CD candidate and Cook County commissioner Roberto Maldonado [D-Chicago], possible 14th CD opposing candidates State Senator Chris Lauzen [R-Aurora] and State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia [D-Aurora] and state budget/tax players Ralph Martire, MarySue Barrett and John Filan.
This week’s suburban edition of “Public Affairs,” features Dan Curry, Republican campaign consultant who was Communications Director for former U. S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald [R-IL] and former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan.
Another partial transcript of tonight’s “Public Affairs,” show in the City of Chicago is included, below:
State Rep. Jim Durkin [R-Western Springs]: …The Republican nominee for President will be decided by February 5, 2008.

Jeff Berkowitz: Because there are 25, or so, states that will hold their primaries by then?

Rep. Jim Durkin: California, Texas, New York, Illinois, Florida, Iowa and a number of other states
Rep. Jim Durkin: I’ve discussed this with Senator McCain last time he was in town. He said that the nomination will be decided on the 5th of February.
Jeff Berkowitz: What about his age. Senator McCain would be 72, if elected President in 2008. Is 72 too old to be President. It is a pretty demanding job. You saw that Bill Clinton got—he didn’t have any gray hair when he started his presidency. [See here] for a discussion and links to articles about Age and the Presidency.

Rep. Jim Durkin: Well, John McCain, I think, is the only candidate who hasn’t died his hair. But, I know…that John McCain could beat us both in arm wrestling. He is a high-energy guy; his staff can’t keep up with him…He has served his country honorably and he has been through a lot. No one has a command of the international issues like John McCain. Nor has the respect, internationally, like John McCain.
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at You may watch "Public Affairs," shows with Presidential Candidates Obama, McCain, Giuliani and Cox and many other pols at