commutation for 160 condemned inmates. Federal prosecutors contend that Mr. Ryan and hisrelatives received cash, luxury vacations and other gifts worth at least $167,000 in exchange forstate contracts and political favors in the dozen years in which he was governor or secretary of state.” [The New York Times,9/20/2005 ]
Davis Unsuccessfully Ran For The Illinois House Of Representatives Against DemocratGary Hannig.
According to The State Journal- Register, “Davis joined Shimkus’ staff in 1997, asShimkus entered Congress and just after Davis lost a race for the Illinois House to Democrat GARY HANNIG, D-Litchfield, who is now state transportation secretary.” [The State Journal- Register,4/10/11]
Davis Unsuccessfully Ran For Mayor Of Taylorville Against Incumbent Jim Montgomery Jr
. According to The State Journal-Register Editorial, “U.S. Rep. JOHN SHIMKUS may have been apolitical novice a few years back, but he’s definitely got down the nuts and bolts now. In a letter sentto his donor base, Shimkus urges voters to back two people who work for him in their contests April3. RODNEY DAVIS, projects and grants director for Shimkus, is running for mayor of Taylorville, while MARY ELLEN MADONIA, his campaign treasurer and former finance director, is running for Lincoln Land Community College trustee… Davis is running against incumbent TaylorvilleMayor JIM MONTGOMERY JR. and Ald. TERRY WRIGHT. Montgomery is an administrativeassistant to state Rep. GARY HANNIG, D-Litchfield. Davis lost to Hannig for state representative,by a 57-43 margin, in 1996, but he won Taylorville and Christian County in that race.” [The State Journal-Register Editorial, 3/22/01]
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE STATE GOP IN ILLINOIS.
Davis Was Acting Executive Director Of The State GOP In Illinois.
According to The State Journal- Register, “RODNEY DAVIS of Taylorville, acting executive director of the state GOP,called the current process ‘closed,’ because each presidential campaign picks its own slates of candidates in each congressional district. He also says it’s ‘onerous,’ because, in part, it can letDemocrats get involved by objecting to nominating signatures for GOP candidates. There’s alsoclearly a lot of organizational work involved to get so many people to collect hundreds of signatureseach and get on the ballot… Under the existing system, Davis said, ‘Once those delegate slates are onthe ballot, the presidential candidates don’t come to Illinois except to raise money. We’re a cashmachine for candidates, and that’s about it.’ If the winner-take-all rule would apply, he said, ‘I wouldthink that candidates would want to come in here and really make a push to win the state.’” [TheState Journal- Register, 9/4/11]
Davis Said The Victory Program Was Developed By GOP Adviser Karl Rove In CampaignsFor Former President George W. Bush.
According to The State Journal- Register, “But last year,Davis ran that Republican National Committee ‘victory’ program in Illinois, concentrating staff to work at once on a variety of races, from national to local. ‘I was ecstatic,’ Davis said of the results of that 2010 effort. He said Illinois was tops nationally in volunteer calls and voter outreach. Davis saidthe victory program was developed by GOP adviser Karl Rove in campaigns for former PresidentGeorge W. Bush. ‘I’ve been told by RNC veterans that we had the best total results in the history of the program that Karl Rove invented,’ Davis said. He said he’s not taking credit for all the good stuff,but Davis loves the fact that Illinois now has five Republican freshmen in the U.S. House, including U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling in the 17th Congressional District, which includes a slice of Springfield. ‘It