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I speculated last week on why Sheila Simon (who was picked as Illinois Democrats' new lieutenant governor nominee over the weekend) lost the 2007 race for mayor of Carbondale. Thanks to the miracle of the Internet a received a response from a commenter, "Carbondale resident." Here it is:
This analysis is exactly right. She turned a local mayoral race into a political democratic versus republican race and people didn't like it. I voted for her opponent and I'm much more a left-leaner than a right-learner. Her opponent has irritated people by being a full-time mayor in what is setup as a part-time mayor position but he's done a pretty good job. People figured she wanted the photo-spotlight and we should vote for her because "she's a Simon". Woop-ti-doo. It seemed that her reason for running was because she wanted to for the title and because she didn't like Cole.
Of course, also thanks to the miracle of the Internet I can't confirm that this commenter is actually a Carbondale resident, but the account does square with what the Chicago Tribune reported.
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