She may well have done that, although I’m curious to see how she continues to keep her name in the mind’s eye.
WATKINS IS THE candidate whose radio advertisements aired repeatedly Tuesday night on WBBM-AM, the newsradio station that many people may well have relied on for a sense of how the Illinois elections turned out.
At least I was, as I spent part of my Tuesday night covering a couple of campaigns for a newspaper I do some work for. My car radio was tuned to ‘BBM so I could get the early returns. Later when I was at a desk and capable of using my laptop computer to access detailed results, I had the radio tuned to 780AM so that I could pick up on any details and live victory or concession statements they chose to broadcast.
I lost count of the number of times I heard Watkins’ spot. I doubt I will ever forget her name (this may be a juvenile thought, but is she a combination of Peanuts’ Pepperment Patty and Lucy Van Pelt?). Which is an accomplishment, because I honestly hadn’t ever heard of her prior to tonight.
A part of me is almost tempted to go visit her campaign office when she has her “meet and greet” event on Monday.
AT THE VERY least, I will have to start including her name in any write-ups I do about the upcoming campaign.
Anyone who can force her name into the mix on a night when people here were obsessed over Pat Quinn/William Brady (and the nation had its eyes on Alexi Giannoulias/Mark Kirk) deserves a little bit of attention.