Nudo drops out of 52nd District race

Nudo drops out of 52nd District race

CHAMPAIGN — Saying that he didn't want to be part of a vitriolic campaign for the Legislature, Champaign Republican Alan Nudo Saturday withdrew from the 52nd Senate District race.

Nudo's decision means that John Bambenek, also of Champaign, will be unopposed for the Republican nomination in the Senate district that includes most of Champaign and Vermilion counties. Bambenek will run against Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, in the November election.

"I just came to the conclusion that this early in the game, with the kind of comments that started even after I announced, and continued like a drumbeat, that I would have to change myself to respond to it," Nudo said.

He said his comments in a News-Gazette article published Saturday were "a mistake on my part. I should have tried to stay above the fray and explain it as best I could."

In Saturday's story Nudo charged that Bambenek and Frerichs were working together against him.

"I don't want to get into an accusatory thing, or get into charging somebody with something like I did yesterday. That's not me," Nudo said. "I really and truly believe in the citizen legislator concept, that we should be in there for a short time, for private enterprise and then leave after you've accomplished something."

Nudo also said he would resign immediately from the Champaign County Board, where he had been a member since 2007. He had been appointed to replace Scott Tapley, who moved out of the community. Nudo was elected to the board in 2008.

He said that he believed his decision to withdraw from the Senate race would make him less effective on the county board, where he was to serve until December.

"I don't think I can be effective. People will look at me in a jaundiced way and I don't want to do that," Nudo said.

He said he made his decision after consulting with his wife, his children and local Republican officials. He said he had attempted to call Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont but had not reached her yet.

"I vowed to myself that I was going to run a different kind of a campaign. And I just don't see how I can do that in today's world and be true to myself," Nudo said during a brief interview at his Champaign home. "The only thing you come into this world with is your name and you leave with your name.

"I've done a lot of things over the years with my business, with the Robeson family, with charitable organizations, with basketball. That's the kind of things I want to be remembered by. I don't want to be remembered by being a vitriolic person who is charging this and charging that. I wanted to get into issues and voting records, and in today's world I don't think that I can do it. So it's on my shoulders. This is my decision."

Nudo, who had raised about $55,000 in almost entirely local contributions since announcing his candidacy last summer, said he would return all of the contributions to his campaign.

"These are my friends, my business associates, my relatives. So I'm going to reimburse everyone 100 percent," he said.

He said he had no doubt he would have won the Republican primary election in March.

"I'm a damned good retail candidate. When I talk to a group I can feel and see that they're in support. I've talked to a number of groups in the last week from Catlin to Rantoul, and I had widespread support. I'm good as a retail candidate. But I just don't want to be vitriolic or accusatory. The Saturday article pointed out to me, 'Man, am I right? What am I doing?' I know I'm right on the issues. But is it worth it?"

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thelowedown wrote on January 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm

What a clown. He "vowed" to himself he would run a different kind of campaign then just gives up. He easily could have enhanced his name by not responding to what he believed to be baseless attacks by firing off baseless attacks of his own. Instead, he should have responded with ideas and his record, even if it included some tax increases. It's not hard to say to people: I made sure criminals weren't walking the streets, I made sure schools were funded so kids didn't get gypped. People believe you when you are honest and open, not when you are a whiner.

just me wrote on January 22, 2012 at 8:01 am

I workded with Mr. Nudo for many years and he would have been a good candidate.  People are commenting on this based on a one sided story, this is why we have dirty politicians in office now. 


Spence wrote on January 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm
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Where is Nudo's denial of Bambenek's accusations?  Should have been easy enough to prove him wrong and he could have stayed true to his beliefs?? LOL....

Nudo, we want ethical candidates who follow the law. If you can't follow the law before you get elected, it's very doubtful you would if elected.


Political Observer wrote on January 23, 2012 at 2:01 am

     This is really fascinating political theatre. (“The Gloves Are Off and Emperor Nudo Has No Clothes!”) And the best is yet to come!  We’re still just in the opening act!


     One of the keys here is a quote from Saturday’s News-Gazette article on NudoGate, “Nudo: Frerichs, Bambenek Working Together:”


Meanwhile, Bambenek accused Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno of secretly backing Nudo by paying for his website development.


"Senator Radogno has repeatedly committed to stay out of Republican primaries and this provides clear evidence on not only picking a side but spending funds on behalf of that candidate," he said, adding that neither Nudo nor Radogno's committee had reported the expenditure as an in-kind contribution to Nudo's campaign.


Patty Schuh, Radogno's spokeswoman, could not be reached for comment.


Maybe the News-Gazette can continue trying to contact Patty Schuh and Christine Radogno and find out what’s going on with the secret, behind-the-scenes website- development contribution to Nudo’s campaign, the free help that was never reported as an in-kind contribution to Nudo’s campaign?


I mean, the News-Gazette can’t reach Radogno for comments, Nudo can’t reach Radogno to tell her he threw in the towel (but thanks anyway for the free help!)?…Why is this woman so hard to reach – is her phone service hosted on a secret computer server somewhere?  Is she out hiking the southern branch of the Appalachian Trail (in Brazil)?


But if the News-Gazette really wants to do some award-winning investigative reporting after they finish up on NudoGate, maybe they can take a look at HultenGate, one of whose cornerstones is the massive, lucrative, web-hosting side business that Gordy Hulten runs while pretending to be an Acting County Clerk for Champaign County.  Breaking the story is as simple as the due diligence of typing the phrase, “Results Plus Consulting” (with the quote marks) into your favorite search engine and taking a look at the results.


Oh, and by the way, News-Gazette, you misspelled Nudo as “Nuso” in the 6th paragraph from the end of the article.

Political Observer wrote on January 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm

     Thanks for fixing that nuisance spelling error, Mike.  Did you happen to also have time to type the phrase, “Results Plus Consulting” (with the quote marks) into your favorite search engine and take a look at the results, or don't you guys do investigative reporting on Republicans any more?