Andy McKenna, one of the Republican governor candidates in the February GOP primary, is getting national exposure from his clever campaign commercial that talks about the culture of “the hair,” featuring everyone from babies to garbagemen wearing Rod Blagojevich wigs. No explanation is needed about what the culture of “the hair” means — it’s the corruption symbolized by Blagojevich’s dreaded locks.
Andy McKenna, one of the Republican governor candidates in the February GOP primary, is getting national exposure from his clever campaign commercial that talks about the culture of “the hair,” featuring everyone from babies to garbagemen wearing Rod Blagojevich wigs. McKenna’s ad pledges to end the culture of the hair. I’ve seen it on several cable news shows.
No explanation is needed about what the culture of “the hair” means — it’s the corruption symbolized by Blagojevich’s dreaded locks.
The second part of the ad — there’s a long version and a short, TV version — talks about McKenna being a Chicago businessman and an outsider who will clean up... Stop! McKenna’s an outsider? Impossible. McKenna ran for the U.S. Senate nomination in 2004. He is the former chairman of the Illinois Republican Party.
Another problem with the ad is that the only footage of McKenna shows him in offices or walking and talking on the streets of downtown Chicago. Those shots feature silvery CTA trains in the background. Republicans have for years blamed every state woe on Chicago. And they hate funding the CTA.
Also, McKenna’s ad says nothing about how he’ll stop corruption and fix the state’s economy. We are a cynical bunch, and for good reason. We need to know what candidates plan to do for us — and to us.
McKenna should remake the second part of the ad, give some specifics and ditch the outsider part. We assume that candidates for governor are insiders of one kind or another. We are not electing Farmer Joe from Tuscola.
Speaking of the culture of the hair, The David has written to The Donald about The Hair. State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, wrote Friday to Donald Trump, urging the developer/television star not to put Blagojevich on his “Celebrity Apprentice” show.
Syverson, the Senate Republican caucus chair, warned Trump that putting the indicted Blagojevich on his TV show could give the ex-governor yet another forum to claim he was railroaded out of office.
“When I heard he was going on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ I thought, we’re making a hero out of this guy who has damaged Illinois. It sends the wrong message that we make celebrities out of disgraced leaders, so I’m urging Trump not to do it,” Syverson told me today.
From the letter: “Prosecutors in the case have warned the move would give him a nationwide megaphone to deny the charges and misrepresent the facts of the case, both of which he has done in the past in media appearances. This could potentially influence jurors and taint the jury pool and prevent justice from being served.” Syverson enclosed a list of all 13 articles of impeachment against Blagojevich.
All this is fine, but this is still America, where the disgraced Blagojevich can go on as many TV shows as will have him. (Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!) Rod has apparently determined that his new career will be to make a spectacle of himself. Which is the same as his old career.
Rockford Register Star Senior Editor Chuck Sweeny can be reached at (815) 987-1366 or email@example.com.