Sunday, August 19, 2012
State GOP Upbeat, Dems Bummed At State Fair
Illinois Republicans were bullish on their chances in November, attendees at Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair said this week. The Republicans’ upbeat Thursday gathering was dramatically different from one held on Governor’s Day on Wednesday, when protesters representing state employee unions booed and heckled Gov. Pat Quinn and other top state Democrats.
No Union protesters appeared at Thursday’s Republican breakfast or the party’s rally on the director’s lawn of the state fairgrounds in the afternoon. Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, said that was because GOP leaders and voters are united in dissatisfaction with Democratic leadership, both at the Illinois Capitol and the White House.
Illinois is not a major player in the U.S. presidential race this year. But the traditionally blue state, home to President Barack Obama, could help the GOP take control of the U.S. House. On the other hand, voter turnout in Illinois’ March primary was low, so county chairmen and party officials on both sides will probably make an extra effort this year to get their voters to go to the polls.
You can read Alexandra's full report at: http://watchdog.org/50044/il-state-gop-hoping-for-groundswell-of-support-from-disgruntled-voters/
In the pic: Protests at Governor's Day this week at the Illinois State Fair.