In the crazy world in which we live, a blog looking to make sense of it all.

Monday, February 11, 2008

What's In A Name

Today's Word on the Street in the Peoria Journal Star covers the landslide win of Aaron Schock last week. Schock won the Republican primary for 18th Congressional District over John Morris and John McConoughey with over 70% of the vote.

The article explains that Morris and McConoughey admit that they had to battle name recognition (especially McConoughey on that one), not to mention a larger financial war chest. In addition, they site ties to the Republican party which had to prove invaluable to Schock. After reading this article, I began to speculate other aspects to Schock's large primary take. Did Schock have first hand knowledge before any of the other candidates?

During the campaign, Schock had a TV ad that showed him working on a farm during harvest. There were leaves still on the trees. This means the ad was filmed sometime in October. I don't remember specifically to when Ray LaHood announced retirement and Schock officially announced as a candidate, but it looks a bit suspicious. Could Schock have known before hand of LaHood's retirement and so he put his campaign machine in gear?

Just something to speculate about.

Common Sense of it All: In a majority of the time, the candidate with the most money usually wins the race.