Monday, November 14, 2005

Leader Is No More

Mr. Skinner of McHenry County Blog has the scoop on the demise of the online conservative rag, after three years of operation. The Leader had struggled financially since it was launched by political consultant Dan Proft and venture capitalist Brian Timpone. Neither was a journalist by trade, though they succeeded in recruiting high profile contributors, including Fran Eaton, pro life activist Jill Stanek, and the aforementioned Mr. Skinner. They rose to fame for breaking state GOP news, elected official interviews, and raucous discussion boards.

The sudden exit of the lively anonymous columnist known as "Churchie" in the past two years was the first blow to the Leader's editorial department, often considered their forte. Mrs. Eaton and then Mrs. Stanek both left the Leader in a tumultuous week a year or so ago. Since then, Nekesa Josey was recruited to take over Eaton's duties. Josey, who, I presume, is African-American, was highly talented and broaded the Leader's coverage with an article on the death of media mogul John Johnson.

The Leader's exit from the journalistic sphere was oddly coupled with Proft's ascent from relative obscurity to household name status while working on Rauschy's 2006 gubernatorial campaign. Proft-prized for a sedate nature and trustworthy reputation-was brought on board to "clean up" Jack Ryan's US Senatorial campaign and is credited with the successful coup on municipal government in Calumet City-and Cicero.


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