Friday, November 20, 2009

10th CD Candidate Rep. Coulson meets today with RNC Chairman Steele, Republican Leaders Cross and Radogno and State GOP Chairman Brady

Video links added on Friday at 12:45 pm (CST)
The Coulson campaign sent out a press release late yesterday afternoon indicating that 10th Cong. District Republican Primary candidate Beth Coulson is joining Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross, Illinois Senate Republican Leader Chris Radogno and Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady in a meeting with RNC Chairman Michael Steele to talk about the upcoming midterm elections in Illionois and how to keep the 10th CD in Republican hands.

The Coulson Press release quoted State Rep. Coulson, “as welcoming the opportunity to meet with Chairman Steele to discuss how the Illinois Republican Party can compete in many of the state elections and how we can keep this seat in Republican control.”

10th CD candidate and State Rep. Coulson noted to this reporter in a phone conversation last night that she would not just be discussing the 10th CD with Chairman Steele but they would be discussing how Republicans can win in many districts.

House Republican Leader Tom Cross noted in the press release that he had already endorsed the 13 year veteran state legislator, Rep. Beth Coulson, to replace Cong. Mark Kirk in the 10th CD seat he has held for nine years.
When asked last night by this reporter if he thought the meeting by Chairman Steele with Rep. Coulson was showing some kind of favoritism that might be inappropriate, 10th CD candidate Bill Catigan (R-Winnetka) said, “if he does, I don’t think it will have the intended effect. There are no more independent group of voters than the Republicans in the 10th Congressional District. If [Chairman Steele] were to make an endorsement, I don’t know that most people would give it great weight.”

When asked by this reporter if he would be thrilled and honored if former 10th CD Congressman John Porter [1979-2000] were to endorse him, Candidate Cadigan said, “John Porter is someone with a record of involvement in the Community. for …35 years and no one knows this District better than John Porter. I think national figures who don’t live here who come in and make observations based on self-serving statements of candidates shouldn’t be given as much weight as people locally.”