As noted here earlier, one of the candidates in the Republican primary for the US Senate race in Illinois is Chirinjeev Kathuria, one of the early investors in MirCorp. With that primary coming up in just over two weeks, I was curious to see how he was doing in a crowded field of candidates for the open Senate seat. According to a Chicago Tribune article published Monday, Kathuria is lumped together with several other candidates under the catch-all “Other”, with only 2% of the vote combined together. It would appear that Dr. Kathuria’s bid to be a senator will be as successful as MirCorp’s effort was to save the Mir space station.
Leading the Republican primary in Illinois, with 30% in the Tribune/WGN poll, is Jack Ryan. Besides sharing a name with the protagonist of a number of Tom Clancy novels, Ryan is best known for once being married to actress Jeri Ryan, who played “Seven of Nine” on Star Trek: Voyager.
Jack Ryan, though, doesn’t appear to be much of a fan of space: in a campaign commercial he answers the doorbell to his home and is greeted by a stereotypically nerdy scientist. “Hi, I’m Dr. Jasper,” the man says, “I’m collecting to build a telescope on a volcanic peak in Mexico.” Ryan then slams the door in his face. After a couple of similar encounters with people trying to raise money for other odd projects, the commercial cuts to Ryan, sitting in his living room. “Every home in America pays $21,000 in taxes to fund ridiculous programs like these,” he says. “If you’re tired of the government wasting your money, vote for me.”