Thursday, January 31, 2008

Cates vs. Wexstten

Got a robocall the other day soliciting my vote for Judge Jim Wexstten in his run for the Democratic nomination for the 5th Appellate court. It piqued my interest enough that I went out looking for information on Wexstten (who bears a noticeable resemblance to President Bill Clinton) and his opponent, Judy Cates (who has lots of nice pictures on her website but would it hurt her to label them so I know who I'm looking at?). Cates says that she won't be influenced by politics or outside contributors and her campaign contributions disclosure report certainly supports that, as she or her law firm has loaned her campaign around $700,000. Pretty light on actual contributions though. She only received about $6000 in contributions in the last six months of 2007 but did get about $8000 in contributions this month, plus another loan of about $50,000.

Wesxtten, on the other hand, has been a relative piker, with only $15,000 in loans and $145,000 in direct contributions during the last six months of 2007. However, he's gotten another $260,000 in contributions and $110,000 in loans in the last 4 weeks. Most of his contributors are from southern Illinois, though a few come from the Chicago region.

WSIUI ran interviews with both candidates this week. You can listen to Cates here and Wesxtten here.

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