Hiring Bill Pascoe won’t always guarantee you’ll win an election, but it’s a fairly sure bet that your opponent will lose. In 2001, Pascoe managed Bret Schundler’s campaign for the GOP gubernatorial nomination against incumbent Donald DiFrancesco. When polls began to show Schundler ahead, DiFrancesco dropped out of the race. Pascoe was the Campaign Manager for Douglas Forrester in 2002 when Robert Torricelli, likely to lose, dropped out of the U.S. Senate race. Democrats instead nominated Frank Lautenberg, who defeated Forrester by ten percentage points. Pascoe’s own U.S. Senate candidate, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race in Illinois two years ago amidst some controversies. Now, Pascoe is a top strategist for Tony Peraica, the Republican nominee for the powerful post of Cook County Board President. Pascoe’s stealth campaign has already helped force the incumbent, John Stroger, to drop out of the race; Democrats replaced him with Stroger’s son, Chicago Alderman Todd Stroger. Now, with Peraica leading in the polls (something that hasn’t happened in 40 years — in Cook County, Democrats outnumber Republicans by 3-to-1), senior Democrat powerbrokers are talking about yet another replacement candidate — even though Stroger the Younger has only been the official nominee for a month.