Chuck Keeshan of the Daily Herald is reporting that Ringwood Village President Rich Mack will challenge State Rep. Mike Tryon for the chairmanship of the McHenry County Republican Chairmanship.
Ironically, Mack bills himself as a “consensus builder.”
At least the two have that in common.
When I talked to Tryon, I got the distinct impression that was his approach, as well.
This morning in at a District 300 legislative breakfast, Tryon told me that the newspaper article was the first he had heard of a Mack challenge.
State Senator Pam Althoff told me that she thought it was “old news,” that he would not run for county chairman against Tryon.
They both said they didn’t think the party chairman should endorse primary candidates.
Current Chairman Bill LeFew, of course, actively recruited an opponent to incumbent Republican McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi.
That hasn’t happened since former GOP Chairman Al Jourdan recruited Cary county board member John Brehmer to run against me in the 1996 Republican primary election when he was thwarted from becoming chairman by Mike Tryon’s replacement of Dianne Klemm. Brehmer has moved from the area.
Mack works for Metra.