Spears says Lane was never his campaign manager and I'm fairly certain from earlier conversations that the party organization wasn't paying his salary.
I'm NOT complaining about Molly writing about Bill Spears
in less that glowing detail.
...Spears is a member of the Peoria City Council, and tends to vote with the council's "essential services first" wing.
You know, the people who are in favor of the sort of things the Journal Star editorial board has always been in favor of, such as the downtown museum project, as well as most of the cockamamie taxpayer-supported economic development projects that have come down the pike.
You cannot underestimate how much the Journal Star powers-that-be hate these people and wants to see them punished for opposing their agenda.
Honestly though, while the piece was annoying and insulting, it could have been worse.They could have used the tactics they tried during the last municipal election, and try to make Spears
out to be a racist.That was what they did to Mayor Ardis other 'essential services" candidates.There's still more than a week until the election, so we may yet see a few convoluted attempts to make Spears
out to be a bigot.
That this piece lacks a blatant race card is the best thing I can say about it.It truly is a hatchet job.
They accuse Spears
of having all sorts of expensive goals, but with being "vague on specifics" about how to pay for them.Then, they complain that he
doesn't support building more prisons.
The Journal Star has criticized Spears for "negative campaigning" for daring to mention this fact in his
I got a kick out of the editorial's description of Spears
as "the 49-year-old Democrat, Peoria city councilman, local plumber and salesman."Heh.Spears was certainly a plumber.He seemed to know what he was doing, because Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 63 chose him to be their business manager.Google
is filled with examples of the JS describing him as a "plumber turned salesman."Hmmm ...I wonder if the JS ever described their "wonder boy" as a former ticket-scalper turned investor in student rental property.
The editorial says "[n]otably, he
has been one of the few legislators to stay above the fray this election season, refusing to go negative."That's not what Spears
says, claiming that Schock
has been very negative about Spears in face-to-face encounters when there isn't a camera there collecting evidence.
is solidly outspending Spears
Second, if Spears
were running for re-election to the city council against an opponent with a chance to win, they world have absolutely no praise for his
record as a city council member.None.Trust me on this.
* In the interest of full disclosure: Bill Spears
is a personal friend of mine, and my support of his
campaign extends beyond just writing favorable articles.
...A month or so ago, I emailed Peoria City Councilman Bill Spears with a question having to do with the race for the 92nd District in the Illinois House of representatives.He
sent me a reply, saying that he
cannot use city email for anything having to do with his
Full disclosure: I am a friend of Spears
and am supporting his
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