Two minority Democrats in Chicago support GOP candidate for governor

This is another one of those stories you won’t find widely reported. It was briefly covered on Fox News and my attempts to track down written reports were laborious and the results thin. Why the radio silence? Because it goes completely against the narrative.

However, the Washington Examiner did report that two longtime Chicago Democrats – both minorities – are throwing their support behind the Republican candidate for governor, Bruce Rauner. How’s that for an “in your face?”

James Meeks, a former State Senator and currently Senior Pastor of Chicago’s Salem Baptist megachurch has decided to support Rauner rather than Democrat Governor Pat Quinn. As well, attorney Manny Sanchez, who helped lead President Obama’s outreach campaign among Latinos is jumping ship to support Rauner.

Can you imagine the courage of these two well-connected men, both minorities, in shifting away from the Illinois Democrat machine? You just know they’re taking their lives into their own hands – and this being Chicago, we’re not just talking political lives. After all, this is the home of the original liberal progressive socialist radical, Saul Alinksy — and his star pupil, Barack Hussein Obama. How long do you think it took before Rev. Meeks got the call from ol’ Barry Hussein?

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In a phone interview with Capitolfax.com Rev. Meeks made his position clear, saying he will try to convince other African-American ministers to help him, too. “I was with him since Day One,” said Meeks, who describes Rauner as a friend and fly-fishing buddy with a shared interest in education. “I think he will do good things for people.” Meeks said he’d never heard of Rauner before Eden Martin, President of the Civic Committee, called on Rauner’s behalf about five years ago to request a meeting. An initial three-hour visit to Meeks’ 20,000-member church led to dinners and eventually Rauner hosting Meeks for some fly-fishing at his ranch in Montana.

It would be a huge deep strike into Obama territory if Rauner could pull off the upset. However, it would be a very disconcerting issue for Democrats overall if Rev. Meeks could be a bellweather of inner city black pastors breaking away from the “taken for granted” support for a party that has only delivered the black community welfare, family breakdown, poverty, and dependency. And don’t forget, it was Barack Hussein Obama, the first African-American president who cares so much for black children that in April 2009 he cancelled the DC school voucher program — as he was sending his two daughters off to exclusive Sidwell Friends School. In fact, he so believes in being his “brothers keeper” that he unleashed the first black attorney general against the school choice/voucher program in the State of Louisiana.

Maybe, just maybe, the blind adoration from minority Democrats is starting to fade?

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MsJan1955
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I admire their courage. But their political careers are probably over.

paulr123us
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DEMOCRATS ARE MOSTLY FOR OBAMA AND THERE FOR ARE ANTI AMERICAN. GOD BLESS THESE MEN FOR STICKING UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT FOR AMERICA. AND THEIR STATE.

ezkl2230
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Ok, I have one question: if two prominent demsare getting behind a repub, what do we not know about his true positions? Are we missing something here?

DixieAngel_76
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So, in other words, he’s just another RINO?

Sherill Weber
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I felt the same way for awhile and starting checking into Rauner. Yeah some things came up that I questioned. But I now believe in him. You want another four years of Quinn? Not me. Quinn has done nothing but increase our taxes so he could get our debt down and not one dime went to the debt. Quinn has taken out loans that will end up having us pay millions of dollars in high interest rates. Our state is the highest tax state in the nation,the highest unemployment rate in the nation and why? Quinn claims he needs the… Read more »
ezkl2230
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I’m not from Chicago, although I have spent a fairly significant amount of time there over the years, so I’m not telling anyone how they should vote. I am simply advising caution. When two prominent dems suddenly begin supporting a repub – ANY repub – I have to ask, why? All I am saying is that I suspect there is more going on with Rauner than meets the eye.

Leonard Giles
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My gut tells me that Rauner has many Democrat ties and I believe that was mentioned in the primary. The three retreads that ran against him and the guy that is running for senator have together run for just about every job in Illinois and lost. Rauner is just not a familiar name yet. His newness made him attractive but when November comes and the dead come out to vote he will join their club. Like Paddy Bawler used to say, “Chicago ain’t ready for reform yet”, and if Chicago ain’t, it doesn’t make any difference what the rest of… Read more »
Sherill Weber
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I’m a conservative and glad to have their support now. Chicago is the #1 in the nation for corrupt Democrat politics. It’s been that way for many years. Their change,,,their tired of what is going on. The gun violence that plagues Chicago’s West and South Sides, the poverty and the appearance that there is no end in sight. The Chicago schools are still broken and getting worse. The black neighborhoods are deplorable. Every campaign they get the same promises from the Democratic party, but it never delivers those promises. The Democrat politicians make all these promises at election time, get… Read more »
Darla Buckland
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Logical questions. I am a moderate Dem and I say good bye to both men gladly.
I have no problem with people switching parties, but I do have a problem when they have no standing on their belief.

I always ask why and appreciate that someone from a different party does as well.

Chuck_Key
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How about some more info, such as, specifically, why Meeks would support Rauner rather than Quinn? THAT is what we need to share with liberals…not just that he did so-and-so. WE need to say he did it *because* ____. The people need waking up, but halfway into won’t help.

Sherill Weber
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There is another article about why Meeks supports Rauner and not Quinn. Per Meeks, it’s because FOR YEARS the Democrats have made promises to the black community that they would help them clean up the neighbors, help them with the gang problems, help them get on their feet, etc. and once the elections are over,,,none of the promises made have been fulfilled. They now feel that they have been used by the Democrat party just for their votes and they have had enough. They see those same Democrats that they voted into office,,,,end up going to jail for corruption while… Read more »
Reba
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They are using the Black Americans. I pray for the day that we have Elected Officials that care for of “All Americans,” not just a few.

Sherill Weber
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Yes they are. The sad thing is it’s a lot of the black leaders using them. Then they go and quote the “I had a dream speech”. They are no where near Martin Luther King nor can they even fill his shoes.

marz13
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Here is another reason, Quinn should be in prison with his predecessors. He has not worked with anyone. He goes out of his way to make life difficult in this state. All of his friends seem to be investigated for crimes against the state. You know you are absolutely horrible when even your party hate you. He tries to go through things that he is supposed to sign and just change them to how he likes them. You think Obama is bad, Quinn is worse. He is convinced he is king of his little fiefdom.
Sherill Weber
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He should have gone with Rod Blagojevich. And when Blagojevich was going through his trial he should have sold Quinn, Jesse Jackson Jr and a few others out. But he didn’t He took the fall himself. Don’t know why but you know there were others involved with him and I put Quinn at the very top of that list.

DixieAngel_76
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And maybe, just maybe, people should be more concerned about the character content of those who hold public office than if they happen to be the ‘first black’ this or the first female, minority or whatever.

Robert Ray
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It’s about time they wake up in Chicago.

Leonard Giles
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2 guys is not like Chicago is reforming.

Nedd Kareiva
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True but a pastor of a well known South Side mega church cannot easily be ignored either.

Leonard Giles
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It is true that they are hard to ignore and I would be optimistic if I lived anywhere but Illinois in Chicago in particular. Precinct captains get the vote out and I hope they go to church on Sunday.. I’m still not holding out high hopes for Rauner. He’s just another RINO which is probably as good as it will ever get here.

JAMES "SGT. ROCK" WHITE
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JAMES "SGT. ROCK" WHITE
It’s so sad to talk to so many Americans, both white and black, and to hear them spout about voting for Barry because he’s black, twice. Forgetting what two very prominent Black Americans who fought in two very different ways for EQUAL Rights for their Community, MLK Jr. said, he wished for the time when his children will be judged by the content of their character, NOT by the color of their skin, 80 % of people who voted for Obama did so because of his color, and Malcolm X said to not buy into voting for the Democrats, that… Read more »
Reba
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Thank you for your Service.
Obama is mix not Black.
I pray that Black Americans wake up and see what has been done to them by this administration.

Brendan
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Seriously?
Two private citizens changed political parties and you are wondering why the mainstream media isn’t widely reporting this?

The bigger story is that a former congressman from Florida is so disconnected that he is alleging that two men will be murdered for changing parties.

Darla Buckland
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I am not sure about the second but here is what I learned about one. As a Dem. I say good riddance. I would not advocate calls for murder , I would bake a cake. “So yes, as Black members of the LGBT community and their straight allies reach out to members of the Black Caucus in the Illinois House with the hopes of securing their support in voting on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, Rev. James Meeksof Salem Baptist Church is retaliating with threats. The Chicago Phoenix reports that Meeks is leading a coalition of Black churches… Read more »
jeff
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Where were these Democratic Party supporters when B.O. was elected the first time? This is another political ploy from the left side of the aisle.

Nedd Kareiva
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When Rev. Meeks was state senator, he didn’t always tow the Dem line in his voting. He bucked the establishment from time to time and aggressively fought the homosexual marriage bill in previous legislative sessions, keeping it from passage. True, he was no longer senator when it passed last year but he did a valiant job recruiting black pastors to fight passage. He’s not by any means a right winger but neither is he on the plantation. He’s starting to see the light. He could be a godsend this fall. Hopefully he has repented of his past sins of supporting… Read more »
Darla Buckland
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This is a political ploy but it is not from the left. Had it been from the left they would not be making threats to bar lawmakers from Church if they do not vote the way they are telling them to.
The left do not want these guys. The right is welcome to have them.

jeff
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Kind of like the Democratic National Committee barring anyone from speaking to the Convention based on their pro-life views. The DNC a model of tolerance.

jeff
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You missed the photograph of Jesse Jackson standing behind Rev. Meeks when he supported B.O. for President twice.

Darla Buckland
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It doesn’t matter who he stood behind. He recently threatened to bar law makers from Church if they didn’t vote the way he was telling them to.

I have no tolerance for that kind of behavior.

carrie
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Does this mean that Rauner is more of a Dem than a Rep.

Nedd Kareiva
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Admittedly, Rauner does not appear to have a long list of right leanings, though it is said that his running mate is a social conservative. He does not want to touch social issues but that will be tough to ignore if a mega pastor is endorsing his campaign. After all, how often will one hear of an affluent North Shore business joining forces with a black man of the cloth? Moral issues, as important as they are (and they are), will unfortunately matter little in a state that was redistricted to gain sizable Dem majorities in both chambers of the… Read more »
mercurydeb
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It does not entirely surprise me that these men are backing a Republican for governor of Illinois as the state does have that history, but it does give one pause for hope! May the two gentlemen backing Mr. Rauner enjoy good health and safety, in all they do, along with yourself, Col. West!!

Ryan Jacob
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I think that once it is pointed out to our black friends in America that things like how the Democrats are living up to the ideals of Margaret Sanger by wiping out the black family through abortion, showing how welfare is creating more poverty among black families (and families of all colors), and how the Democratic Party achieves their agenda today through force, coersion, and threats just like they did during the era of slavery, I think they’ll start to see the light. But the Republican party cannot stop there. We must give a helping hand by empowering them with… Read more »
KrazyBker
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Rauner’s a dem plant. Another stolen election by the Chicaghole machine. Anybody that’s been paying attention knows this. I live downstate and we know Rauner’s a Rahm plant, most of us in the south voted for Dillard, not a good choice either, but until the Illinois GOP gets their act together and runs some solid conservative candidates, he was the best we had to vote for. I lost my good job to Blago’s tax & spend policies, it moved to Wisconsin, now I work for half the pay. The dems are destroying this once great state any way they can,… Read more »
wilsonsandy2
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CAN CHICAGO BE THIS STUPID. They can’t see the corruption in rahm emmauel and congressmen Luis Gutierrez Obama hasn’t done anything for Chicago! What is wrong with democrats there! Obama is lining his pockets, Rahm Emmauel is lining his pockets, and Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez is lining his pockets of money to agree with Obama! Democrats your sending these marxism to destroy your FREEDOMS! They don’t care about you! That’s obvious they have done nothing for Chicago! Can you be that stupid? Michele and Barack are here to do one thing. To destroy america, to drag us to socialism/communism. If… Read more »