Judy Baar Topinka To Run for Governor


Illinois State Treasurer and prominent Republican Judy Baar Topinka has announced that she will challenge Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the 2006 gubernatorial election.

You may recall that as state chairman of the Illinois GOP, Topinka was the mastermind that put ranting homophobe Alan Keyes on the ticket to run against Barack Obama after GOP golden boy Jack (A)Ryan was embroiled in a sex scandal and forced to drop out of the race.

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7 Comments so far

  1. JenniferRoche (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 12:35 pm

    Are you sure about this? Looks to me like she’s running against Dorothy Tillman.

  2. nikkos (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 12:44 pm

    Is that a crack on Judy and Dorothy’s respective haberdashery?

  3. steven (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 6:52 pm

    Either way, that hat’s about to make her tip over.

  4. Mr. Smith (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 7:01 pm

    Topinka was hardly the “mastermind” behind Alan Keyes’s candidacy. In fact, reading or watching the interviews she gave at the time left the distinct impression that she wanted anybody BUT Keyes to run in his stead. I remember one interview in particular where she said “Well, he’s the candidate” in a tone that gave new meaning to the term “resigned.”

  5. JenniferRoche (unregistered) on November 9th, 2005 @ 11:06 am

    Ah, haberdashery! Only a fine gent knows that word. Yes, I was. Good morn to ye all.

  6. spudart (unregistered) on November 9th, 2005 @ 11:36 pm

    *hiding under my desk*

  7. nikkos (unregistered) on November 10th, 2005 @ 3:15 pm

    A tip of my chapeau to you, Ms. Roche.

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