Supporter says email may hurt Davis

Supporter says email may hurt Davis

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said he hopes the furor over an ugly email criticizing his primary election opponent doesn't hurt him politically, but at least one area county chairman believes it will.

Asked if the email by former Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Jim Allen — written about Davis challenger Erika Harold of Urbana — would damage his re-election effort, Davis said Thursday, "I sure hope it doesn't because this is something that is out of my control. I'm just as disappointed as everyone else."

But John Parrott, chairman of the Republican Party in McLean County, said that based on online comments he had read, he thinks the controversy will hound the first-term congressman from Taylorville.

"It's unfair that this chairman did that to him," Parrott said of Allen's email message to the publisher of the Republican News Watch. "But in reading some of the comments on newspaper articles, people said they were definitely going to vote for Erika and that they will be against Rodney. But it's early. He has a lot of time to make it up."

Until Wednesday afternoon, Allen had been listed on Davis' campaign website as a supporter and a member of his "Team 2014."

"There are no excuses for his behavior and I'm not making any," Davis said of Allen's comments about Harold. "I sure hope it doesn't affect my campaign. I would hope that every single voter out there who knows me knows that these are comments that would never come from me. These are comments that I don't condone. These are comments that offend me as a father, and I hope they know me better than that."

Davis won election to the 13th Congressional District seat last November by less than 1 percent in a three-way race with Democrat David Gill and independent John Hartman.

"This is not an issue anybody running a campaign wants to address, somebody who is a supporter making inane and asinine comments like this," Davis told reporters Thursday morning in a conference call.

He referred to a recent poll that found that he led Harold 54 percent to 16 percent among likely Republican voters, and that more than 61 percent of those polled said they had never heard of Harold.

"Recent polling done showed us in a very good position to continue to win his seat," Davis said. "Remember we beat the Obama wave (in 2012). We were the only targeted seat in Illinois that was drawn for Democrats (that elected) a Republican. It was a close race. We know we're a targeted race and we're going to continue to spread our message and continue to do what the voters sent me to do."

Davis said he was on the House floor, "working on the farm bill," when he learned of the furor over Allen's email.

"I pulled my phone off the charger later in the day and I see a whirlwind of emails and discussion on this issue. I'm out here knowing I've got to be on the floor debating farm bill amendments until late into the evening," he said. "It's very disappointing to me, out of my control and ... there are no excuses for his behavior."

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billbtri5 wrote on June 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

i would like to know what Ms Harold stands for before voting.  Davis is acting like a RINO at this point..

bluegrass wrote on June 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

What votes has Davis cast for or against, or what specifically has Davis said that makes him a RINO?

Political Observer wrote on June 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm

The Inside Story on Gilligan’s Isle

The Gilligan vs. Ginger Campaign, now covered nationwide, seems to get more and more interesting every day!  Today’s issue: 

Gilligan’s Campaign Takes a Bucket of Cold Water Right to the Face!

Tom Kacich:  "This is not an issue anybody running a campaign wants to address, somebody who is a supporter making inane and asinine comments like this," Davis told reporters Thursday morning in a conference call.

The Inside Story on Gilligan’s Isle:  Yeah, well, Jim Allen wasn’t just a “supporter,” Gilligan, he was a member of your "Team 2014," right up until Wednesday afternoon, as the article pointed out.  You might say he was actually one of your “good buddies,” right up until sometime on Wednesday afternoon!  Your campaign made a very big deal last Fall about how you were the person who represented OUR AMERICA.  Perhaps as this campaign goes on, we’ll get to see additional glimpses of what the people in YOUR AMERICA  are really like, when they happen to blurt out how they really feel…

Also, here’s something a casual reader may have missed in the article:  Because Gilligan is unusually gaffe-prone in his public pronouncements (perhaps an average of about 7.8 on the Dan Quayle-Richter Scale of earth-shaking political buffoonery), he usually avoids talking to the press and the public, and restricts his public speech to carefully-screened Republican audiences, leaving his public statements to Andrew Flach, his SpokesFlack.  (Occasionally last Fall, there was also a campaign manager/ political operative named Vlad that we sporadically heard from…or about.  We’ll award a tip of the Gilligan’s Isle Campaign Hat to the first person who can post in this discussion thread any information about what ever happened to Vlad… and whether or not he ultimately was hoist (or impaled) on his own petard.)

Anyway, the fact that Rodney Davis was himself speaking to reporters Thursday morning…in a conference call (no less)… is a major, major risk the Davis campaign operatives and handlers decided they were forced to take because of the national repercussions of this debacle. (We’ll award another tip of the Gilligan’s Isle Campaign Hat to the first person who can post a working link to a transcript of the press conference, if it hasn't already been classified Super Double-Probation Top Secret by now!)

Tom Kacich:  He [Rodney Davis] referred to a recent poll that found that he led Harold 54 percent to 16 percent among likely Republican voters, and that more than 61 percent of those polled said they had never heard of Harold.

The Inside Story on Gilligan’s Isle:  Ah, yes!  That famous “poll” that so far only CapitolFax. com, ThinKProgress.com, the News-Gazette and the Rodney Davis campaign have apparently fallen for… hook, line and sinker!!

http://capitolfax.com/MillerCD13GOPPrimary.pdf

(We’ll award yet another tip of the Gilligan’s Isle Campaign Hat to the first person who can post proof of yet another legitimate…or semi-legitimate… news organization or campaign organization falling for the “poll” featured in the CapitolFax.com link above…and obviously the list of such organizations doesn’t include Gordy Hulten or Bambi tweeting the results to their followers.)

The reason this is a fake poll is because it wasn’t conducted by a professional polling firm with a reputation for conducting accurate public opinion polls; rather, it was conducted by the political dirty trickster Greg Durham, who works for the Illinois Manufacturers Association, and who attempts to influence the outcomes of elections to benefit his financial and lobbying interests, as was pointed out in some detail here:

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-06-16/tom-kacich-johnson-fund-faces-possible-fine.html#comment-512203

 

 

wayward wrote on June 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Actually, Rodney Davis ran for state rep in 1996 and Jim Allen was listed as an in-kind contributor on his disclosure forms back then.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/42153481@N05/8155854743/in/set-72157631930340570

nick wrote on June 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Greg Durham....any mention of that trickster immediately has my interest. Durham manipulated the election of Representative Davis by putting together the fake campaign of the ''progressive independent'',the man who lived and worked in St.Louis and ran his ersatz campaign to take votes away from Gill.It worked.All paid for by the Illinois Manufacturers Association and Republican money from six southern counties connected to Jim Allen.I know this is an old story,well known in Springfield and Taylorville so I won't rehash the drama.By the time those guys get finished with poor Ms.Harold she may have to forget Congress and run for mayor of Urbana.