DiMaria Won With Good Political Work, Strategy

The Caucus party campaigned hard on his behalf; it will be interesting to see what happens next. A Letter to the Editor by Patrick Kansoer Sr.


The following Letter to the Editor states the opinions of the author. Patch is serving as a platform for writers to express their views. 

I had a phone call today from a friend in town who was so angry that she was almost apoplectic. She said; " (Joe) Brunner, (Bill) Zimmer, (Rick) Krier and (Rita) Minx were crowing about how THEY had managed to get Danny DiMaria elected as the Action Party mayoral nominee last Tuesday."

My response to her was; "What's the problem? If they are saying it, it is because it is the truth." "But they are the CAUCUS party," she fumed.

I then proceeded to explain some political realities to her that might be useful to share.

  1. Politics has nothing to do with what's "right" and everything to do with who's left.
  2. The leadership of the CAUCUS party saw an opportunity to co-opt or cripple  the opposition party and they took it. That's just good political strategy. 
  3. The CAUCUS party folks worked their butts off circulating DiMaria's petitions and walked the precincts drumming up votes. That's good political work. 
  4. As the CAUCUS learned from the village elections in 2003, 2005 and 2009 it is easier to attack an incumbent from the outside than it is to sell an incumbent, especially if there is no great overriding issue to generate support for the incumbent. 
  5. As the CAUCUS learned in 2003 and 2005 it is better to have some nebulous "Happy Talk" phrases, (like "Hope and Change" or "Forward" or "Economic Development"), instead of specific plans, (which can be attacked), or accomplishments, (which can be denigrated or minimized). Slick phrases and slick words and a "likable" candidate win elections, (money doesn't hurt either).

Bottom line is Mr. Brunner, Mr. Zimmer, Mr. Krier and Ms. Minx and their allies turned out their voters while the "Old" Action party didn't turn out theirs. The numbers don't lie. They did the job and they won.

Mr. DiMaria may be the Action party nominee, ("He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual..." --Thomas Jefferson (1785), but he  owes the CAUCUS party, big time. (as the kids say; 'they owned him'). It will be interesting to see when, (not if), he is elected mayor how he repays that big debt.

Patrick C. Kansoer Sr.

Morton Grove

Pat Craig March 04, 2013 at 03:27 PM
@Next Generation- That is absolutely correct. I used the name Pat Craig when I was doing MGTV, (not an uncommon practice in broadcasting). However, I have also always had my picture with my postings and used my full name since I stopped doing MGTV. No nefarious stuff here, just truth and transparency.
Next Generation March 04, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Mr. Kansoer: After weeks of writing pieces in the Patch against DiMaria and using historical quotes that don't remotely reflect the situations, not getting a last word in after your loss would be akin to having your tail between your legs. However, doing os by minimizing DiMaria's platform and chalking up his win to good campaigning is not fair. Yes he had Caucus party supporters, so what? He also had independents, business owners, and people from all faiths behind him. Thats what a true leader can do. People that actually took the time to hear his ideas and figure out which candidate most closely aligned with their own views came out to vote. Many younger families that don't normally vote in municipal elections did so last Tuesday because his message resonated with them. The numbers don't lie. DiMaria's victory can't be due to some Caucus party members. You may reach some residents with your fictitious scenarios of what DiMaria did and who he owes, but not informed residents. There are a lot of us and we voted. Maybe the negativity on Patch and elsewhere turned people off. Maybe you're to blame? Either way, it's time this village realizes we are all (or should be) on the same team and act accordingly.
Next Generation March 04, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Because only Action party members should be paid back? It's time this one party town becomes inclusive of every faith, race, and idea.
Pat Craig March 04, 2013 at 04:12 PM
@ Next Generation- Spin it anyway you want to, the CAUCUS party was the backbione of the DiMaria ACTION party campaign from the beginning. The fact is, it is easier to win in a primary election than in a general, especially when the opposition party is working to split their competition. (kind of like the Obama campaign helping to run opposition in the Republican primary). It was a valid political strategy for the CAUCUS and it worked. In our political universe there is something called the "spoils system", (to the victor go the spoils). It is what it is. The CAUCUS did the job for DiMaria, (and ON Morton Grove, in my opinion), and they expect payback. My question as to exactly what that will be is a valid one. My statements stand as articulated. As far as being on the same team, the DiMaria campaign through the CAUCUS operatives created the divisive factor, and while it is a long-shot, there is still a general election in April, so I believe that there are some who would disagree, (Mr. Gomberg, for one), that it is time to unite behind one slate.
Pat Craig March 04, 2013 at 05:10 PM
@Next Generation, The only valid "payback" is good government. Not special favors or appointments or other emolluments whether Action; Caucus or any other party. Any who got involved for being "paid back" did it for the wrong reasons. I would hope that Morton Grove is not trying to duplicate Tammany Hall


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