Saturday, November 19, 2005

It Ain't Easy Being Saintly

Glen Poshard is probably still celebrating his appointment as president of SIU, but tongues are already wagging about a lt. gubernatorial bid. Potential Blago primary challenger Ed Eisendrath's comments that he was considering a "prominent southern Illinois Democrat" as a running mate have given rise to speculation about the former congressman's statewide ambitions. The failed gubernatorial candidate's name is rarely mentioned without the adjective "saintly" and has been credited with numerous Democratic state legislative victories. In the 1998 gubernatorial primary, Poshard defeated a well-funded Chicago area opponent who may or may not have had Speaker Mike's backing. As his erstwhile opponent stands trial, Poshard must be licking his lips.

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