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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

IL-06 Hyde retiring, Cegelis leading Open Seat

Posted by Bob Brigham

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

In a few weeks, Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), the chairman of the House International Relations Committee who as Judiciary Committee chief wielded the gavel during President Clinton's impeachment, will announce that he will not seek another term.

The public position of Hyde, 80, an icon of the conservative movement, is that he will make up his mind for sure in April. But I am told he has decided to retire and is unlikely to reverse course.

Cegelis has kept her organization running and is even posting on dailykos as she ramps up her efforts:

As seasoned political advisor told me, if I wanted to win in 2006 I needed to start in November of 2004. I took that advice to heart and kept as much of my organization in place as possible to gear up for what is now will most likely be an open seat in 2006. I have been running with a really strong sense of urgency though since there are strong rumors that Henry Hyde will be given an ambassadorship to the Vatican in 2005, kicking off a special election. I do not know if it really will happen, but I would be foolish not to be ready if it did. So in the next few months we will be running this campaign as if the election is going to happen this summer. If it does not then we will be just that much stronger in 2006. There are many who believe that the Sixth District is the best target in Illinois in 2006 for a Democratic seat.

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For years I was trying to convince one of my cousins to (1) finish their doctorial degrees in political science or law and (2) move to the northern suburbs to run against Rep Hyde.

My mother's maiden name (and therefore cousins' last name?)...wait for it...Jeckel.

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