|Bruce Rauner for Illinois Governor|
Democratic activist Newton Minow, who served in the Kennedy administration, appeared on Thursday with about a dozen other Illinois Democrats and independents to announce their support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.
I neglected to mention the ten other Democrats and independents who are supporting the Republican candidate, and in a deep blue state getting bluer because of Obamacare.
Who is Newton Minow, anyway?
Minow, 88, an attorney and President John F. Kennedy's chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said Rauner would be a bipartisan leader in a centrist Midwestern state.
John F. Kennedy was a centrist in his time, and would probably be a Republican today, as a devout Catholic who supported lowering tax rates to increase revenue. He also favored a strong and stern foreign policy, with a robust military.
On Google, the following bio is listed:
Newton Norman Minow is an American attorney and former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. His speech referring to television as a "vast wasteland" is cited even as the speech has passed its 50th anniversary.
A lawyer who worked on the FCC, but what else?
His comments on the dangers of television bear reviewing, but for now, his dedicated connection with the Democratic Party cannot be ignored. And yet, Minow supports the Republican candidate for Illinois Governor.
Why would a Democrat want to cross over and support a Republican?
"President Kennedy once said, 'Sometimes party loyalty asks too much,'" said Minow. "I think this is one of those times. I'm a strong Democrat, but I'm taking a leave of absence from my party because Illinois is in desperate shape."
How desperate is Illinois' current condition?
The Chicago Tribune has been following the looming (or rather ballooning) pension crisis hitting the Land of Lincoln. In December, the Windy City periodical reported that even though the legislature pushed -- narrowly -- these comprehensive reforms, the labor unions, which back Democrats 90% of the time, are threatening lawsuits against the reforms.
Those same unions support incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn (who replaced corrupted, convicted, and incarcerated Dem Rod Blagojevich in 2009).