Rockford Register Star endorses Whitney
November 1, 2006 (WLS) -- An Illinois newspaper says Green party candidate Rich Whitney should be Illinois' next governor. The Rockford Register Star is endorsing Whitney and in Wednesday's editorial blasted the two major party candidates.
Rich Whitney has virtually no advertising budget and very little name recognition. But most polls show he is getting double digit support from voters, and he is hoping Wednesday's endorsement gives him added momentum.
Green party candidate Rich Whitney sat at a table Wednesday night with several gubernatorial write-in candidates. Rod Blagojevich and Judy Baar Topinka were nowhere in sight.
"Illinois today has the most unfunded pension liability in the United States," said Whitney.
That's the way it's been for Whitney, an uphill battle to even get on the ballot and no opportunity to debate his major party opponents.
Nevertheless, the Rockford Register Star has determined he is the best candidate in the race. The paper says "we can't deny that our endorsement of Whitney is in part because of our dissatisfaction with the current system, but the Green party candidate's positions on the issues make him a viable candidate".
Whitney believes he is benefiting from the attack strategy Topinka and Blagojevich are using.
"It's like their whole campaign strategy is which one is more like George Ryan? I'm out there trying to get a positive message about how we can clean up government," Whitney said.
The Rockford paper says Governor Blagojevich has "danced as fast as he can in a vain attempt to stay ahead of allegations of personal corruption and fiscal irresponsibility."
"You make decisions, you do what you think is right and some people don't agree," said Governor Rod Blagojevich.
About Topinka, the paper says she has "conducted a negative and unfocused campaign. Her main qualification is having a lower indictment potential than the incumbent."
"Between the two of us, you've got a guy who's right on the edge, with a lot of friends, who are going far, far away to a very restricted location, and me-- I'll be home at night, not a letter of the alphabet," said Topinka.
Topinka is referring to the belief that Blagojevich is the public official A who is mentioned in a federal investigation of his administration.
The Green party is running a full slate of candidates for statewide office. Whitney needs to get at least 5 percent of the vote for his party to get on future ballots.
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