News-Gazette Endorses Gollin
“Straight-talker Gollin for Dems”
Physics Professor George Gollin, creator of the best electric shaver, has made an impressive political debut and is our recommendation as the Democratic Party’s candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 13th District.
Democratic leaders like U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin believe — correctly — that they missed a great chance in 2012 to pick up a U.S. House seat from the state’s 13th Congressional District.
Determined to correct that mistake this year, they’ve painted a bulls-eye on the back of Republican Rep. Rodney Davis and focused all their efforts on defeating the first-term incumbent. Davis, who barely eked out a win over Democrat David Gill, is certainly vulnerable. But the key for Democrats to defeat him is to find the right challenger.
Just as they did in 2012, party leaders have focused on an individual they believe can win, retired Madison County judge Ann Callis, and anointed her as their choice. But just as they did in 2012, they failed to clear the field of party challengers.
In 2012, Gill defeated the establishment’s choice in the primary election. This year, two local Democrats, University of Illinois physics Professor Gollin and university policy analyst David Green, hope to knock off Callis in the March 18 Democratic primary.
Of the three Democratic candidates, Gollin is best suited to represent his party in the fall election. A physicist by profession, he has the intelligence to understand complex issues. Now a politician by choice, Gollin has shown that he’s both comfortable on the platform and willing to clearly articulate his positions on the issues. Although he’s certainly more liberal than the politically divided 13th District, it would be our expectation that Gollin would pursue practical solutions to serious problems rather than fall back on liberal orthodoxy. After all, he condemns what he calls the political orthodoxy of tea party conservatives.
Our enthusiasm for Gollin is heightened by our disappointment in Callis. Gollin has enough respect for the voters to state his positions in a clear and informed manner. She uses her intelligence to shape vague responses to important questions. While he has been forthcoming, she has been willfully nonresponsive.
It’s not enough for Callis to fall back on her resume and promise that she’ll determine her congressional votes the way she formed her judicial opinions — by examining all aspects of the issue and then deciding. That’s just a dodge, not even a particularly clever one. It’s hard to imagine that even Callis’ most enthusiastic supporters get excited listening to her non-answers.
Having said all that, it’s our clear expectation that Callis would follow the lead of her Democratic patron, Durbin, and be a reliably liberal vote if she is elected. She just won’t say; her campaign strategy is to say as little as possible for as long as possible to avoid alienating various groups of voters.
As for the third candidate in the race — Democrat Green — he’s been entertaining to watch. Like the libertarian candidate in the three-way GOP House primary, Green offers a rigidly ideological point of view that is highly critical of both foreign and domestic policy under Democrats and Republicans. While that extreme left-wing point of view makes him interesting to hear and watch, Green would be hopelessly ineffective as both a party nominee and a member of the U.S. House.
Prepared Remarks of George Gollin on Election Night
Support, thank you!
Just a few minutes ago, I called Judge Callis and congratulated her on her victory in this primary tonight.
I know you all join me in pledging our support in the general election. No matter how hard our primary fight, we must remember that the differences between us as Democrats are tiny compared with the differences between us and the Republican agenda.
One thing I’ve learned since last summer is that no one who does this does it alone. There are so many people to thank, beginning with my wife Melanie and my daughter Cordelia. Thank you both for so much more than I can say. Cordelia has been making calls and knocking on doors during her spring break, and many of you heard her on your answering machines earlier today.
I have been lucky to have an amazing team working on our campaign. Monica Biddix is our campaign manager, and has put her heart and soul and tire treads into the campaign without reservation. Deb Schrishuhn has been a steady voice and conscience from the beginning. Matt Jaccarino, our finance director, has spent hundreds of hours in a tiny room with me patiently telling me to “just make the ask, George.”
And the true heroes of tonight are our volunteers, many of whom are here with us tonight. In the past month, our campaign made over 10,000 phone calls and knocked on thousands of doors, and that was quite inspiring. I’d like anyone here who volunteered to stand up and give yourselves a huge hand.
To all of you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I also want to take a moment to thank my colleagues at the University, and in the larger science community, who have been incredibly supportive with their donations and encouragement with no more agenda than making this a better country.
This has been an amazing ride. What I’ve learned, that too many people on the inside often miss, is that everyday people are hungry for straight answers. They’re smarter than they get credit for in professional politics. People are more likely to vote for a candidate they disagree with on an issue who tells them clearly what he believes, than a candidate who hunts for the lowest common denominator of consensus.
Throughout this primary campaign, I have tried to be as clear and direct with the voters about where I stand as I would in a conversation with a friend.
Let me close by quoting one of the greatest Americans, Dr. Martin Luther King: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Dr. King knew that it is our obligation to bend the arc faster, and in recent years, this responsibility has largely fallen to the Democratic Party – the party that gave us Social Security and Medicare, and protection for our labor unions, and now a start on universal health insurance.
I hope to see us continue in this great drive toward greater justice and greater fairness.
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