Explaining the TEA Party Movement- Joe the Plummer

On January 27, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher wrote an article at biggovernment.com about the TEA Party movement, and how Americans are upset with the spending and unfunded liabilities that taxpayers owe. As a result, Americans are rallying across the nation demanding an end to such policies.

““Real people” like me resonate in politics right now because of the growing chasm between what the political elites of both parties see as the best course for the nation—and for themselves– and the hopes and fears of the average American man and woman. In China that difference might mean very little to government as we saw in Tiananmen Square but, according to the Founding Fathers, such a division should not even exist here in the United States.”

Joe also used a picture from a 9/12 rally last year in his posting. As you can see, there are some familiar looking faces…

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Sets record for GOP challenger in 17th District

EAST MOLINE, IL–Bobby Schilling, candidate for Congress in the Illinois 17th Congressional District, out-raised his opponent, Rep. Phil Hare in individual donations for the 4th quarter fundraising reports. Schilling raised $53,967 in individual donations, while Hare only raised $49,420 in individual donations. The Schilling campaign also broke the record for cash amassed by any Republican challenger in the 17th District. Schilling edged out former candidate Mark Baker’s record of $82,000 amassed in the 1998 pre-election year reports.

“Grassroots support for Bobby Schilling caught fire early and now it is translating into fundraising momentum,” said Terry Schilling, press secretary for the Schilling campaign. “Our campaign has found its groove.  We are making great progress in our fund-raising efforts.”

The Schilling campaign amassed $89,388 for the pre-election year of 2009. Schilling noted that all of the campaign’s fund-raising came from individuals, and that more than 85% of donations came from within the 17th District.

Schilling continued, “The majority of Hare’s financial support came from special interests, which clearly shows that he been bought by lobbyists in Chicago and Washington and no longer represents us.

Bobby Schilling, a native of Rock Island, has served as a local union steward and also has 13 years of union experience. Schilling, a local business owner and father of nine children, is running on a platform of bringing jobs and real representation back to the 17th district. Earlier this year, Schilling conducted a 34-city “Bob’s for Jobs” tour, where he met with voters and employers all across the district. Schilling is the only Republican candidate for the Illinois 17th District that will be on the ballot in the February primary election.

For more information about Bobby Schilling please visit his website at www.bobsforjobsblog.com

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2008 Challengers who upset incumbents

On January 25, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

A lot of attention is paid to fund raising in Congressional races. While fund raising is extremely important, it isn’t the ‘end-all, be-all’ decision maker in regard to elections.

Below is a list of 2008 races in which the challenger raised less money than the incumbent and still won the election.

2008FL16Tom Rooney-R   209,874   *$1,615,899    $1,597,768
Tim Mahoney-D                  139,373      $3,036,964    $2,756,453

2008LA02Joseph Cao-R*              33,132   $182,529   $174,559
William J Jefferson-D                     31,318   $350,862   $288,478

2008LA06Bill Cassidy-R*  150,332  $1,263,731   $1,220,744
Donald J Cazayoux-D          125,886  $2,740,163   $2,766,865

2008MI09Gary Peters-D  183,311   *$2,549,935    $2,506,719
Joe Knollenberg-R            150,035      $3,774,155    $4,119,277

2008NV03Dina Titus-D   165,912   *$1,856,736    $1,777,641
Jon Porter   -R                  147,940      $2,946,133    $2,873,337

2008NC08Larry Kissell-D   157,185   * $1,503,264   $1,488,777
Robin Hayes-R                     126,634  $3,768,678   $3,808,201

2008OH01Steve Driehaus-D        155,089* $1,489,648    $1,447,544
Steve Chabot-R                             140,469 $2,349,745    $2,410,292

2008PA03Kathleen Dahlkemper-D 146,846 *$1,163,937   $1,152,538
Phil English-R                                  139,757   $2,659,966   $2,615,349

2008VA02Glenn Nye* 141,857  $1,364,176   $1,334,146
Thelma Drake                128,486  $2,043,585   $2,031,036

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Bobby’s Birthday–Sign the Birthday Card!

On January 23, 2010, in Uncategorized, by edwardpan

Christie, Bobby’s wife, sent out this message this morning wanting everyone to sign the birthday card for Bobby. Today is Bobby’s Birthday. Please wish Bobby a very happy birthday, and consider a birthday gift of $46 for Bobby’s 46th Birthday:

 

More disappointing news is tricking in as Illinois struggles to compete for jobs.  The Illinois Statehouse wrote that December’s unemployment went from 10.9% in November to 11.1% in December. Its continuing to be very difficult to see the miserable unemployment numbers, and watch our government take no action in creating jobs in the district.

Part of the situation has to do with the ongoing state budget issues:

State Rep. Don Moffit, R-Gilson, said unemployment tied in directly to the state’s massive budget problem.

“When people are working you’re generating state income tax and state sales tax,”he said. “So continued efforts at creating jobs, lowering unemployment, need to be at the top of the agenda for the legislature and the administration [of Gov. Pat Quinn].”

However, where is the stimulus, one of the largest beneficiary out of the 50 states in the US according to recovery.gov. Is the government creating a climate of job opportunity and growth, or are they trying to spend more of our taxpayer money to make jobs?

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Jobless Claims Go Up in January

On January 21, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

According to a report published by the AP this morning, the rise in jobless claims for January thus far rose again according to surveys sent out from the Department of Labor to employers. This is discouraging to see since so many workers are stuggling, and the unemployment problem is affecting the economic recovery.

The officials numbers from January won’t come out until February 5th, but there is no that the Obama administration nor Congress are taking any action to curb unemployment in the country. Without jobs, the economy will continue to struggle, and hurt working and middle class families in the district.

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WQAD Coverage of the Scott Brown Victory Party

On January 20, 2010, in Uncategorized, by edwardpan

Take a look at this video from the Bobby Schilling for Congress Victory Rally for Scott Brown at the Rock Island GOP Headquarters.

 

Let’s get this done

On January 20, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

Below is a message from Bobby Schilling for Congress press secretary Terry Schilling

Friends-

I write this to you today from Boston Logan International Airport. I have a constant smile on my face as last night was one of the most historic nights in the history of this young republic. For 47-years this senate seat was held by Ted Kennedy. Massachusetts hasn’t elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate for over 30 years. Last night, Americans came together and made phone calls, knocked on doors, donated money and said prayers to help get an independent mind in that seat.

We succeeded!

Being from the State of Illinois, the 17th Congressional District, and Rock Island County, I have seen so many similarities between where I am from and the state of Massachusetts. Voters here never expected to elect a Republican senator, but they did. We can do the same thing in Illinois.

Time and time again, I have heard the expression on the campaign trail, “Oh be careful about that democratic-machine” or “Just wait till we turn on the democratic machine.” Last night Scott Brown and the People of Massachusetts united to defeat “The Machine.” People in Illinois can, and will unite to defeat the machine. Our nation and our freedom is far too important to let them continue to ‘buy us off.’

Scott Brown’s victory was not easy. There were multiple factors that took part in his winning campaign:

1. He ran a clean, issues based campaign.

2. He campaigned on being an ‘Independent Thinker’ not a rank and file party member.

3. He had a tremendous amount of support from volunteers.

Friends we can win, and we will win!

We just need the tools and the ammunition to win. Please click here to become a part of the Schilling campaign by volunteering.

Last night, we gave a ‘haymaker’ to the socialist health care plans for our Nation. One good punch isn’t enough for a knock out. We need to continue moving strong and win in November. Let’s knock out socialism together.

-Terry Schilling

PS: We need you to dedicate yourself to making sweeping changes in Washington. Sign up to volunteer right now, even if its just a day, an hour, or even a minute.

Brown Wins Mass Senate Race

On January 20, 2010, in Uncategorized, by edwardpan

Proves Schilling can win in 17th

BOSTON, MASS–Scott Brown, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, scored a historic conservative victory in Massachusetts today. Brown’s victory ends the 47-year Democratic reign of former Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat. Bobby Schilling, candidate for Congress in the Illinois 17th Congressional District, said that this victory is a “sure sign” that conservative challengers across the country have a legitimate chance of beating long-time incumbents.

“If this race wasn’t a referendum upon the Democrat’s congressional agenda, then I don’t know what is,” Schilling said. “Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts is a clear sign that their liberal agenda is not what the American people want. It’s common knowledge that Massachusetts is a Democrat state. If voters in Massachusetts rejected the current Democrat agenda, voters in the 17th District will most likely reject it as well.”

At approximately 9:20 pm EST, with 75% of precincts reporting, Martha Coakley conceded the election to Scott Brown. Brown won the election with 53% of the vote to Coakley’s 46%.

Schilling concluded, “The fact that Brown has won with this election by over 7 points is almost unbelievable. In 2010 there will be no ’safe’ elections. Democratic Party incumbents should not take 2010 lightly.”

Bobby Schilling, a native of Rock Island, has served as a local union steward and also has 13 years of union experience. Schilling, a local business owner and father of nine children, is running on a platform of bringing jobs and real representation back to the 17th district. Earlier this year, Schilling conducted a 34-city “Bob’s for Jobs” tour, where he met with voters and employers all across the district. Schilling is the only Republican candidate for the Illinois 17th District that will be on the ballot in the February primary election.

For more information about Bobby Schilling please visit his website at  www.bobsforjobsblog.com

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