Sound off on the selection of Davis for 13th District race

Sound off on the selection of Davis for 13th District race

The Republican Party has chosen Rodney Davis of Taylorville to run against David Gill in the 13th District race for the U.S. House.

What's your take?

Was Davis the best choice?

Who do you think will win the November election in the district and why?

Chime in below, in the comments.

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jamesthomas wrote on May 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm

This is a head scratcher.  They had one of the most dynamic candidates in Erika Harold, probably someone who could reach out to independent voters and even across party lines and they went with the third most impressive candidate.  Tim Johnson was very unique and I think you need someone like him to hold the seat.  Very frustrating. 

chuxx77 wrote on May 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm

The GOP County Chairman in the 13th district have chosen to keep the Illinois Republican Party irrelevant.   This is extremely disappointing.  They had an opportunity to noniminate a candidate that was creating buzz; a candidate that would have provided a fresh voice and could have reached new voters with the message of fiscal responsibility and family values.   Instead, the GOP County Chairman played the "good old boy" game and chose a candidate that will inspire nobody.   A political lifer that will bring nothing new.  They had the dream candidate ready to serve the district.  She would have been a "game changer."   The state of Illinois politics is simply a disaster which has been proven for decades and the Republican Party is at the top of the list.   Make no mistake; the Democrats love the decision that was made today.    I will vote in this years upcoming election but my ballot will be blank on this race. 


Jam wrote on May 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I can only say "who?".   No instant name recognition with this selction.

chmbana wrote on May 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Rodney Davis is an outstanding choice, and will make an excellent candidate and Congressman.  There looks to be a lot of sour grapes here, but people in Champaign County may forget that this District is not dominated by Champaign County and Eastern Illinois like Johnson's old District was.  The new 13th stretches all the way down to metro east St. Louis.  It includes a lot of Rep. Shimkus' old district, within which Rodney Davis worked a LOT with constituents.  People here may not know him (yet), but a large number of people throughout the new District do, and know what a stand-up and energetic guy he is.  Congrats to Rodney!

johnny wrote on May 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm

This should not be surprising. The Champaign GOP has played so many games this year, the Chairmen went with a candidate free of any ties to it. The press throughout the rest of the district has been a lot less understanding of Johnson's retirement. Davis represents a clean break with that recent past and would be a fine Congressman.

thelowedown wrote on May 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Davis is a "clean break" with the recent past? Must only be the recent past of Champaign County because the two most insider candidates, in fact the only insider candidates, in this race were Clarke and Davis. This is the same Rodney "Clean Break" Davis who was interim executive director of the state Republican Party, a chief aide to Congressman John Shimkus, and was endorsed for this race by Congressmen Aaron Schock and Bobby Schilling. Such a "clean break" from the mess that exists.


How would Mr. Davis act in Washington? If his boss Shimkus is any harbinger, deny global warning is a problem in any form whatsoever and claim major multinational corporations should get "mom and pop" tax write-offs. "Clean break" Davis is just more of the same failed policies and failed ideas.

champone wrote on May 20, 2012 at 7:05 am

No one should be surprised why the Illinois Republican Party is so ineffective.  The party insiders prefer to keep control of the organization rather than win elections.  Rodney Davis is probably better than Jerry Clarke, but they are both losers with no significant accomplishments and no visibility--only service as party insiders.

alabaster jones 71 wrote on May 20, 2012 at 7:05 am
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Well, at least they didn't pick Clarke.

Harold almost certainly would have been the stronger candidate.  Voters are not exactly eager for more Washington insiders in Congress, and that's exactly what Davis is.  Gill and Davis are such mediocre candidates that my very early bet is that whoever wins this November will probably win by a close margin, then face a much stronger opponent in 2014 and lose.

stupidis wrote on May 20, 2012 at 10:05 am

The antics of the Champaign County GOP in-fighting and their "hard ball" approach with all of the other GOP Chairman is exactly why Erika Harold lost this opportunity to win during the appointment process.  Shame on the Champaign County GOP and the lack of leadership by the recently appointed Habeeb G. (the G stands for gorgeous) Habeeb!  The disregard for the process of fairness, etiquette and good sportsmanship conduct is what the local Champaign County GOP is all about.  What a fantastic job you have done so far, Habeeb!  Your opportunity to prove your “great” leadership, as you have mentioned time and time again, have been lost.  Erika Harold was our opportunity to add a new perspective to Washington and you blew it!

buster4236 wrote on May 20, 2012 at 10:05 am

  Rodney Davis is a good choice for the 13th District.  The Chsitcago political machine seen an opportunity to infiltrate a candidate of their own into the 13th district by convincing Harold to run for the vacant seat left by Johnson.  Harold would of catered strictly to the Law Firm she is gainfully employed with in Crook County instead of the hard working citizens of the 13th district.  At least now "We The People" of the 13th district will be truely represented by Rodney Davis in Washington District(D) of Corruption(C).

alabaster jones 71 wrote on May 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm
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I'd rather have a Chicagoan representing this seat than someone who lives and works in Washington D.C. like Davis has for many, many years.  At least Harold lives and works in this state.

You call D.C. corrupt, which it is, yet you prefer a D.C. insider over a fresh face like Harold.  You can't even get your own argument straight.

The most ridiculous assertion, though, is that the law firm Harold currently works for would have any influence over her in Congress.  Even in the unlikely event that the law firm even had enough clout and resources to do so, what would be the law firm's motivation to try to strong arm her into anything?  What specific legislation could she push or support that would benefit them?

johnny wrote on May 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm

They're both better and more independent than Clarke.  This may not be a victory for Champaign-Urbana, but it's a victory for good government.

kdaugh722 wrote on May 21, 2012 at 9:05 am

I think Rodney Davis is an excellent choice. I knew him personally years ago when I lived near Taylorville and I worked with him on a previous campaign of his. He is a good, upstanding guy, and will represent the district well if elected. While I also believe Erika Harold would have been a good choice, I think it was mainly the people of Champaign County who wanted her. I understand that few people here know Rodney, but the district now is so much larger and many people know him in other parts of the district. I believe if the voters in this area take some time to get to know who he is, they will believe he is a good fit for the job. And for the record, I am a registered democrat, but I will be voting for Rodney Davis in this race!

Independent Thinker wrote on May 21, 2012 at 10:05 am

Erika Harold will probably run in the 2014 primary and win.  This was just a feeling out process for her and its clear she had overwhelming support. I'm disappointed they didnt pick her this time and I hope Mr. Davis does a good job.  I didnt always agree with Tim Johnson's political stances but he was very hard working at reaching out to his constituents.  Rodney Davis has some big shoes to fill.

jthartke wrote on May 21, 2012 at 10:05 am

Just FYI for you and anyone who reads this post -- there is no such thing as a "registered" democrat in the state of Illinois.  You do not register for parties in this state.