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    Posted: 02/March/2014 at 12:21am

Looks like Tom Mannix is having to deal with that damn “media filter” once again.

And the irony of it had me laughing so hard I 'bout fell off my chair.

Mannix, who is “campaign director” for perennial higher office losing candidate Jim Oberweis, is having to explain why, as the Chicago Tribune reports, his candidate has been ticketed 11 times for speeding, twice since announcing his latest candidacy.

Veteran reporter Steve Rhodes writes in the March 1, 2014 Beachwood Reporter of a Feb. 28 Tribune article that found "U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis, who cites his successful push to raise Illinois' speed limit as the top accomplishment of his first year as a state lawmaker (emphasis mine), has been ticketed for speeding 11 times since 1988, according to public records."

The Trib didn't bother noting that the bill was Oberweis's only major accomplishment in his first year, other than finding the Senate washroom. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/ct-oberweis-speeding-tickets-met-0228-20140228,0,809249.story 

http://www.beachwoodreporter.com/column/the_friday_papers_397.ph 

How’s it feel to have your guys driving record examined and thrown in his face, Tommy boy? I mean, as someone who’s used the same tactics to knee-cap other candidates.

The Tribune reports that “Oberweis' speeding cases include citations in west suburban Sugar Grove, Aurora, Batavia and Warrenville, as well as in Grundy County and Woodford County…”

Rhodes asks, “Question: Was this story prompted by a routine public records check in the course of vetting a candidate, or was it handed to the Trib by the Doug Truax campaign as a result of opposition research?

Mannix, who as Foia Doctor and other names has conducted opposition research on numerous candidates, isn’t shy about using non-issue hammers against opponents.

But Oberweis disclosures probably were not opposition research. The Trib also reported that Truax has received two speeding tickets, one in 2001 and another in 2011.

Anyone who knows Mannix and his frequent unfamiliarity with truthfulness will smile at how he’s squirming under questioning.

Rhodes gags at Mannix’s spinning to the Tribune.

"Mannix said any connection between Oberweis' driving record and his legislation was 'tenuous at best.'"

"The Tribune submitted written questions to Oberweis and his campaign director, Tom Mannix, and received an initial response from Mannix: 'Him getting the speeding tickets has nothing to do with him getting legislation to pass a speed limit.'"

Really, it's hilarious at best, Rhodes writes.

“But did he ask the candidate before making that assertion, or just toss off some bullshit for the papers to retype?” Rhodes wonders. 

"(Mannix) said he would address other Tribune questions soon."

“Right,” Rhodes noted. “As soon as the campaign's strategy team decides how best to craft answers that have nothing to do with the truth nor can be cross-examined by a reporter.”

Oh, ouch. He’s saying you’re full of crap, Tommy. 

Rhodes said he was “Not fond of submitting written questions. Would rather see Oberweis refusing to discuss the issue.

"Are you telling us, Mr. Oberweis, that when you crafted the new speed limit legislation your own experiences never came to mind? Doesn't that prove you really are from another planet?" the Tribune noted.

"For starters," said Rhodes, who doesn’t appear to have a better opinion of Mannix and his veracity than many people who’ve watched his self-serving crap-fest in Forest Park.

“Instead, we await Mannix's polished, strategic, fake written response.” Rhodes said.

Oh, ouch. He’s saying you’re full of crap again, Tommy. And he doesn’t even live in Forest Park. How did he picked up on that.

Clearly, to Mannix it matters what side he’s on when opposition research- or good old fashioned reporting- gores your candidate.

Remember, Mannix consulted on State Sen. Carole Pankau’s last two political races. She paid him $22,493 to run her 2009 race for DuPage County Board Chairman.

She lost.

Pankau then paid his Dolfin Consulting $25,806 to run her 2012 re-election bid for 23rd State Senate.

She lost again, this time to a Hostess Bakery route salesman who’d been mayor of Villa Park for three years.

Mannix went negative in 2012, pulling FOIAs and combing through the material for anything to attack her opponent with.

On Oct. 12 the Daily Herald, reported, “Republican state Sen. Carole Pankau and her campaign staff are questioning the ethics of emails and a phone call made by Democrat and Villa Park Village President Tom Cullerton, her opponent in the 23rd District race.”

That questioning, the Herald didn’t note in their article, was from bits of dirt Mannix dug up for her.

“While researching Cullerton in advance of the Nov. 6 election, Pankau's campaign staff found two campaign-related emails and a phone call from Cullerton's municipal accounts that may indicate violations of ethics and campaign disclosure regulations.

Here are the supposed violations voters were supposed to turn against Cullerton over.

• An email Cullerton sent from his village address announcing his candidacy for the 23rd District state Senate seat.

• One reply to a Villa Park attorney's email providing information about a fundraiser and saying "you can contribute now if you like."

• And an 11-minute phone call March 26 from Cullerton's village cellphone to a number listed for 8th Congressional District candidate Tammy Duckworth's campaign.

"I think it speaks to the larger issue of trust," Pankau told the Herald. "It's a small little thing, but it erodes that feeling of trust and ethics."

Knowing how Mannix has conducted himself around here the past three years, try to read that without laughing.

 



Edited by Bill Dwyer - 02/March/2014 at 1:38pm
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And just to be as clear and factual about the reactionary goof Tommy Boy is taking a paycheck from, Jim Oberweis has, as the primary sponsor pushed exactly ONE bill that became law- the 70 MPH speed limit.

Of the other 19 "bills" Oberweis placed before the State Senate, 15 were "memorials" for people. 

Working hard for the people of Illinois, ain't you, Jim? You certainly picked the right boy to run your pointless campaign. 


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Oberweis, used to like his products, don't much care for the man.
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Originally posted by piehead piehead wrote:

Oberweis, used to like his products, don't much care for the man.



Back in the day it was treat to go the old Oberweis store in Western Springs, buy milk and have a cone.  Had no idea what a whack-job he was.  Wouldn't give him a dime now.

Durbin has a lock on the job, no rational Republican (if there is such a thing now days) would piss away money that way.
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Now his candidate is in Florida (where evidently his wife lives????) to celebrate her birthday and raise campaign funds??? Isn't he running in Illinois though? Evidently Tommy isn't returning calls to the Tribune. No surprise there. Oberweis campaign mum
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