Five candidates are filed to run in Tuesday's Republican primary in the Second District.
Eric Wallace has been endorsed by the Tribune, but as often happens in Illinois, there have been reports of Republican officials--in this case in Kankakee County--playing footsie with the Democrats to urge their voters to cross over into the Democratic primary.
The Editor in Chief of Breitbart.com has strongly criticized Chicago area reporters for not providing the Republican candidates sufficient coverage. I talked to him by satellite from Los Angeles the other day about that and the fact that Republicans in this district have been largely abandoned by top leaders.
"If you look at how Democrats turned their fortunes around after 2004, they adopted what Howard called the 50-state strategy, determined to be competitive wherever they could be," Joel Pollack says. "There are a large number of Republican candidates, one of whom at least is a viable candidate who could win the district, possibly, if the winds go his way and there's just not a lot of attention being paid at all. For candidates who are starting out, it's a Catch-22. You don't get covered by the media because they think you're not going to win. But your chances of winning are lower if you don't get covered by local media."
We plan to have the GOP primary winner on here, perhaps as soon as next Sunday and we hope to host a debate with the Democratic winner.