Our own Perry Myers was featured on Fox News Chicago last night and was asked to analyze the governor’s race candidates demeanor and body language. Perry is a trained interrogator and offered his opinions on the expressions and other non-verbal cues the candidates Quinn, Brady and Whitney showed during their answers to questions.
“I was unable to see as much as I wanted in the presentation” which was only aired on Central and Southern Illinois television stations. Chicago viewers were unable to watch the debate live unfortunately. “The camera did not show the candidates when the question was being asked which is a very important aspect of interview and interrogation training. You want to be able to see every reaction so that when a sensitive question is asked, you can observe the reactions.”
“Since the camera had a very tight shot, which was shot from above, it also caused issues with the aspect of seeing what I wanted.” Some of the other observations made by Perry on the television segment included the apparent conviction if Whitney who is downstate lawyer on his own turf. Myers said that the lawyer appeared to truly believe what he was saying and spoke from the heart more than the other two candidates did. After a question about agriculture, Quinn became flustered and answered the question uncomfortably and when he was done, nodded several times as if to convince himself that he answered the question satisfactorily.
Since Quinn was the incumbent, he was under attack by the two other candidates during the debate. Neither Quinn or Brady mentioned Whitney once while Whitney hammered away at both. It offered Whitney a little more of a comfortable position being on the attack, being in his home town arena and not having much of a political track record.
“It would have optimal for me to be in the room watching these candidates to gather a more comprehensive opinion. But the under these conditions, it was apparent that Quinn had the worst showing. Not that any of these candidates was bad. It’s just that of the three, someone had to come out last.”
Off camera, Myers commented, I feel strongly that our next governor, be it Brady or Quinn, will not end up in a criminal scandal.” At least we are moving forward in that regard.