Monday, May 10, 2010

Seal of Approval

Some local Senators were mixing it up Friday on the Senate floor; the Daily Herald provided the blow-by-blow ...
Lawmaker's fundraising letter prompts criticism
It was a case of Dan the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead -- as Senator Dan Kotowski charged Senator Dan Duffy with a campaign impropriety.

The State of Illinois Seal was prominent on a Duffy campaign fundraising letter mailed out to donors. (The charge is apparent payback for an earlier criticism levelled at Senator Michael Noland, who sent a letter to lawmakers and lobbyists on Senate stationery.) It is old news but bears repeating: to be a targeted scapegoat, like this, and from the Senate floor, means Duffy has no friends -- on either side of the aisle.

Now the merits of this particular charge are open to debate. Absolutely, the State Seal is for official State of Illinois documents, and shouldn't be ever seen on campaign lit. And absolutely, they all do it anyways, so what's the big deal?

Personally, your LakeCountyEye sees nothing untoward with the practice.

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