Zorn features Senate hopeful John Cox

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Eric Zorn began writing his news feature columns for the Chicago Tribune in 1986.
Republican John Cox announced his bid for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in June
CHICAGO -- In today's Chicago Tribune, columnist Eric Zorn publishes excerpts of an interview with Republican John Cox, who was the fourth candidate to announce his bid to be the next U.S. Senator from Illinois.

While the Tribune column features portions of the Zorn/Cox interview, Zorn has published the script on his website located at www.EricZorn.com.

Zorn also has interviewed GOP candidate Jack Ryan, and makes the script of that conversation available on the site, as well.

Zorn's Chicago Tribune column includes this segment:

In 2000, Cox finished 5th in a 10-candidate Republican primary for the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. John Porter; last year he finished last among three Republicans vying for the opportunity to face Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Both times, post-election analysts said he was simply too far to the right to win in Illinois.

"...It's a failure of our country that more people aren't involved in the political process. That's why we end up with a lot of professional politicians who feed at the trough..."

To his credit (though likely to his ultimate doom at the polls), Cox has not backed off any of his positions: He's opposed to abortion, even in case of rape and incest; opposed to limits on firearms purchases; in favor of the flat-rate income tax and public school vouchers. But the edited transcript of our interview--posted on the Internet at ericzorn.com--shows that he's intending to stress his opposition to political corruption and on bringing economic opportunity to the poor.

Zorn's conversation with Cox mentions O'Hare, Illinois political corruption, and why Cox believes he will win the GOP nomination.

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