Callahan should cultivate ideas, not spread political manure
Scoring the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce 18th congressional race debate on Sept. 10 was easy.
State Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) won for smoothest presentation.
Green Party candidate Sheldon Schafer won in the “Leave them wanting to know more” category.
Colleen Callahan won for most shocking statement by stating she would support re-instating the draft.
“You can gasp if you want. But I believe it is the fairest way for us to rebuild our military,” Callahan said.
“I know from all of those who are currently serving, proud as they are of their service, many of them are coming from the National Guard and it leaves us open, at risk, here at home where we have needs from disasters.”
But Callahan also won in the comment that left a bad taste category.
In her closing statement, Callahan said, “We have candidates up here who are less than 10 years out of high school.”
That was a not-so-veiled reference to Schock.
We would like to ask Callahan — whose down on the farm Hee-Haw routine became tiresome in the debate — what she had accomplished 10 years out of high school.
In Schock’s case we know.
Schock ran for the District 150 school board.
His petitions were tossed out, so he ran as a write-in. He won that race, defeating the incumbent school board president.
Schock rose to the rank of school board president before resigning from the board.
Then Schock ran for state representative as a Republican in a heavily Democratic district. Again, he won.
Then he ran for congress in a crowded primary field and ran away with the vote.
That is what Schock has done.
Ms. Callahan tell us, please, what you were doing 10 years out of high school?
You would think with all her homespun history Callahan would have heard that people in glass barns should not throw manure.
We guess not.
It makes us wonder if there is some envy of Schock’s background on Callahan’s part.
Leave Schock’s age out of this.
He has proven himself.
It is ability, not age that is important.
Callahan has certainly been around her share of cow pies. You would think by now, she would have learned not to step in one.