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Bad Omens in the Democratic Tea Leaves
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2011-10-16 11:24:40

Jerry CostelloIllinois Democrats can be excused for feeling more than a little spooked these days.

And there’s probably no greater example about why they are so worried than the stunning announcement earlier this month that longtime Democratic Congressman Jerry Costello won’t run for re-election.

Shock combined with fear was in almost every Democratic voice the day of Costello’s announcement. If Costello was bailing on them, then things must be even worse than they thought. It didn’t help that there appeared to be no “reason” for his decision. His son, state Representative Jerry Costello II, immediately defied all expectations by saying he wasn’t interested in the seat, so Costello wasn’t stepping aside for the kid. The congressman wasn’t ill. He didn’t have a job offer. He isn’t under investigation. The widespread conclusion was that it must be the worsening political environment.

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