Friday, September 14, 2012

The Mixed Messages of Brad Schneider

I've spent far too many years in politics working for various candidates and even chairing a few campaigns. Campaigns that specialize in confused messages usually fail.

Brad Schneider and Congressman Robert Dold were recently grilled by the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board about their campaigns and their positions on various issues. For those who wish to watch the extensive questioning both candidates received, The Chicago Tribune has posted the full interview which runs over 90 minutes. Anyone who has the time should watch the lengthy Tribune interview.

The Illinois Republican Party has now released a new video based on that interview:

The more this campaign progresses, the more confused I become over Mr. Schneider's message. He states he has no disagreement with any Democratic position, yet he claims he will be able to work across the aisle. He claims to be able to work with anyone, but he made it clear he will rigidly toe his party line. Is it no compromise or compromise? He said he will "work with anyone" and then expresses no disagreement with his party positions. Is this another failed "my way or the highway" approach to bipartisanship? That hasn't worked in Washington since President Obama has served us in the White House.
During questioning, Mr. Schneider stated that he would vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House, and Mr. Dold stated he would vote for John Boehner. Mr. Dold indicated that he would so cast his vote because Boehner expanded House rules and allowed the minority more input than recent past Congresses. Mr. Schneider in turn simply stated that he would vote for his party leadership. You know, Nancy "you can read the bill after we pass it" Pelosi on what is popularly called "Obamacare."
Finally, Schneider was asked if he had any disagreement with any of the positions of his party. The Tribune Editorial board members concluded out loud "so there really isn't anything" after giving Mr. Schneider three attempts to answer, a clear conclusion anyone with common sense would make.

Is electing such a clear partisan to office from the 10th Congressional District in Illinois going to solve the gridlock in Washington?  When Dold was asked if he supported heel dragging by Republican leadership to end the fiscal cliff we all face on January 1, 2013, his response was "I don't." Schneider was unwilling to answer any questions in a similar fashion.
The 10th Congressional District has a long history of sending representatives to Congress who have not been rabidly partisan, from John Porter to Mark Kirk to now Robert Dold. Individuals who well served us as rational adults in the room in Congress.
Mr. Schneider seems to want to end that tradition.


  1. I would also recommend watching the full session, as Schneider is shockingly unprepared and overtly unqualified. It's hard to believe that with the immense problems we face today he cant find ANYTHING his party is doing wrong. Not one nuance, nothing. Crazy!!!!!

  2. I was surprised at how unprepared Brad looked for the endorsement session. He'll get clobbered in the debates.

  3. This guy is a 3rd tier candidate.