Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Anything But Meek

State senator and possible candidate for Governor James Meeks met on Monday with 79 black clergymen from the Chicago area. According to ABC's Dick Shaw:

Most of the 79 African American ministers who grilled Reverend Meeks for two intense hours during a meeting Monday morning are worried about an independent candidacy siphoning off enough votes from Democrats, including Governor Rod Blagojevich, to elect a slate of Republicans led by Judy Baar Topinka. They are inclined to support Blagojevich-- but only if he meets their demands for more spending on education, prison reform and drug treatment.

Recent polls shows that they may be wrong. In a three-way race, Topinka beat the Governor with forty percent to his thirty eight, and 7 percent for Meeks. Another poll showed Topinka winning 44 to 41 if Meeks were not in the running. (I don't know, but I'm guessing that the other 15 percent were undecided.) So, did four percent defect from Topinka to Meeks? That suggests that Meeks's messages of conservative values are affecting some Republicans.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 79 ministers should realize that they would not need a memorandum of understanding in their dealings with JBT, but that with Rod they do.

12:16 AM  
Blogger Amy Allen said...

Exactly. What was that again about All Kids?

1:16 PM  

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