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Paul Schimpf to his supporters

My “Dear Jim” letter from a high-class candidate:

As you know by now, we didn’t come out on top on Tuesday night in the Illinois Attorney General race. Although I am disappointed in the result, I am extremely proud of the campaign we ran.  I want to share three quick thoughts before we put the election behind us and move forward to the holidays.

1.  Thank you.  I’ve said it before, but it is worth saying again.  Thank you to all our volunteers, donors, and supporters.  Your hard work allowed our campaign to punch above its weight class.  Many of our regional and county directors outperformed their paid counterparts on some of the well-funded campaigns.  We couldn’t have accomplished what we did without our volunteers.

2.  The accomplishments of our campaign were nothing short of amazing.  16 months ago, I started this campaign from scratch (no money or party support).  On the strength of our message alone, we created a statewide organization and took 38% of the statewide vote against the most popular Democrat in Illinois.  4 years ago, Lisa Madigan won 65%-31%, carrying 77 of 102 counties.  In this election, we cut her margin to 59%-38% and WE CARRIED 68 of 102 counties.  We won in the Metro East, Bloomington, Decatur, and Marion.  We lost the election because we didn’t raise enough money to get our message out in the Chicagoland area.

3.  I don’t know what the future holds for me.  Right now, my priority is to spend some time with my family.  I still believe that we all have a duty to serve—losing an election doesn’t change that–so you may not have heard the last of me.

Thank you for reading this and my other emails.  Please enjoy the upcoming holiday season.  Above all, don’t give up on our state and the political process.

S/F [Semper Fi, I’m sure],


I think and hope the state has not seen the last of him.


Sunday in the park with Paul Schimpf . . . . . . candidate for attorney general of our great state . . .

. . . at Day in the Village #41, June 1, Scoville Park, where tables and booths lined the walkways and small groups dotted the meadow while bands played loud and clear and people strolled.

To the OP GOP table came Paul Schimpf from downstate Waterloo, near St. Louis, a former Marine Corps infantry officer and lawyer, answering an invitation to come and meet and greet and do a lot of handshaking on a bright, sunny, hot afternoon.

Retired a year ago from the Marine Corps after 21 years following Annapolis graduation in ’93, he returned to be a father-in-residence to his and his wife Lori’s two boys in Waterloo. As a Marine lawyer, among other things, he had helped in the prosecution of Saddam Hussein.

As a candidate, he opposes the well-connected and personally attractive if not similarly qualified Lisa Madigan. To voters on this Sunday at the park, one small group after another, he presented himself as an outsider prepared to contest Illinois corruption.

He did that a week ago in the State-Journal Register:

“Look, if your father is the most powerful politician in the state of Illinois, you just don’t have the independent perspective,” Schimpf said, referring to the fact that incumbent Democratic Attorney General LISA MADIGAN is daughter of House Speaker MICHAEL MADIGAN, D-Chicago. “You’re going to be inclined to give him and his political allies the benefit of the doubt.”

He continued, suggesting that Madigan plays favorites:

“Lisa Madigan cannot be a loving and loyal daughter to Mike Madigan and be the independent attorney general that the state of Illinois desperately needs,” added Schimpf, who lives in Waterloo and served 24 years in the Navy and Marine Corps. He was lead attorney-adviser to Iraqi prosecutors in the trial of SADDAM HUSSEIN.

He said Lisa Madigan is a “good person,” but being influenced by family connections is just part of being human.

Besides, she means well:

“Change is on the way!” [she said on election night 2002]. “Together we will fight corrupt corporations and corrupt public officials!”

And now running for her fourth term, Madigan lists battling corruption as a key issue on her campaign’s website.

It’s been hard:

But after nearly 12 years as Illinois’ attorney general, critics said Madigan’s only caught political minnows, while the U-S Attorney has been landing the big fish.

No fair, says Former Attorney General Roland Burris, citing “statutory limitations” of the office, which is mainly to defend the state. It’s a defense lawyer, not a prosecutor, says Burris.

So what’s she doing with all that corruption talk?

In any case, corruption-banging is attractive to most voters, so what’s Paul Schimpf got to offer that Lisa doesn’t? Those years as a Marine, for one thing.

His bio has it, offered here in reverse:

* . . . retired from Marine Corps May, 2013, returned to his home town of Waterloo . . . . is married to the former Lori Duffin from Glen Ellyn, IL. They have two boys, Ethan (7) and Garrett (5).

* . . . 2011, became Staff Judge Advocate for Marine Corps Installations Command, advising its commanding general on legal issues — from constitutionality of religious memorials on federal land to officer misconduct cases.

* . . . 2007, as Marine-appointed congressional fellow, he was Military Legislative Assistant for a Minnesota congressman, for whom he was primary advisor on defense and veteran issues. . . . then Strategist for Energy and Environment for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy . . . frequently represented the Defense department in interagency and international meetings on these issues, including as moderator of a panel discussion at UN climate change negotiations in Mexico, 2010.

* . . . 2005, as Deputy Counsel at an air station, working primarily on labor law and environmental law . . . was deployed to Iraq as lead American attorney advisor to the Iraqi prosecutors in the trial of Saddam Hussein, providing guidance enabling them to induce a remarkable courtroom confession where Saddam admitted culpability in the massacre of hundreds of civilians.

* . . . 2004, to the Army’s advanced attorney training, where he received Master of Law degree (LLM ) and wrote on how the military can improve its treatment of sexual assault victims.

* He’d got his law degree at Southern Illinois U after a stint as infantry officer at Guantanamo Bay in 2000, then served as a JAG attorney in a legal assistance clinic handling matters of family law and consumer protection law for service members. As head prosecutor for the San Diego Recruiting Region, he supervised other attorneys and personally litigated drug, sexual assault, and attempted murder cases.

You think that qualifies him to be attorney general for the great state of Illinois? Sure you do, and so do I.

Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s Harry Caray’s Party

Very attractive candidate this fellow, ready to take Quinn on.

It’s the Dan Rutherford Chicago Networking Party. Music, drinks etc. Tuesday, July 31, 5:30-7:00 PM at Harry Caray’s in Chicago. The cover charge is $60 — http://www.danrutherford.org/calendar/event/18/EventDetails.aspx

He’s State Treasurer if you don’t know. (Reading Chi noosepapers you know far more about Lisa What’s her name, daughter of the evil genius Mike What’s his name.) Made wind-up speech at recent state GOP convention, was obvious standout in the day’s beauty parade.

Pants-on-fire extinguisher, quick!

A shop window advertising payday loans.

Image via Wikipedia

Those Madigans can’t keep track of their in-laws, darn it.

[Ill. Atty. Genl.] Lisa Madigan says she was unaware of her brother-in-law’s [lobbyist] role, according to a spokeswoman. “The attorney general didn’t know that Jordan worked for Veritec, and she did not know that her office was in contact with him about the payday loan bill [from which
Veritec profits greatly],” Robyn Ziegler said.

[Her father, State Rep.] Michael Madigan “doesn’t recall talking to Jordan about this bill,” says Steve Brown, the [Ill. House] speaker’s spokesman, adding, “Jordan wasn’t his son-in-law” yet when the speaker voted for the bill.

No wonder. They are consumed by their zeal for public service.

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