DINO to Challenge Roskam in the 6th
By Kevin Robinson in News on Oct 25, 2007 1:50PM
Jill Morgenthaler, Blagojevich's deputy chief of staff for public safety and homeland security tendered her resignation Tuesday, effective November 1. She apparently called Rich Miller to confirm speculation that she will challenge freshman 6th District congressman Peter Roskam next year. The retired Army Colonel and former psy-ops specialist has been the topic of speculation for while, circulating ballot access petitions and raising money.
Unfortunately for Morganthaler (and Democrats in the 6th), she comes with a lot of baggage. Besides her role as the Army's spokesperson during the Abu Ghraib scandal, and the blog she wrote in 2004 accusing the media of not reporting the good news out of Iraq, she also comes out of the Blagojevich administration. With good dirt like that, trashing her name won't be hard. In fact, she's already been the target of a hit piece designed to piss off Democratic activists in her district. All of which is bad news for Morganthaler, who hasn't even announced her candidacy yet. If you can't beat a Republican in the 6th, join them? Sounds like a losing proposition.