Did Tom Cynor Try to Mess with Lou Bianchi’s Mind Right Before the Election?

After reading the following emails below from the 2008 McHenry County Democratic Party’s candidate for coroner, Dave Bachmann, I’m beginning to wonder.

You may remember that Cynor poured $35,000 into his campaign fund in mid-October.

If I had been Cynor’s opponent, I’d have figured out that he could mount a countywide mailing, plus have some money left over for radio and cable TV.

With the indictment of former Lou Bianchi secretary Amy Dalby by special prosecutor and former primary opponent Dan Regna jumping into the fray with both feet, Bachmann sent me the emails from Tom Cynor, along with a statement.

Although Bachmann no longer lives in the area, he thought the copied emails that Cynor sent to him in the final days of the 2008 Campaign season might be of interest.

Bachmann’s statement:

“It was clear in the waning months of the campaign that many in both parties had been trying to link my campaign as a “Puppet” of Mr. Bianchi’s campaign.

“I had stated in the past, and will state one final time:

I do not now, nor have I ever known Mr. Bianchi with the single exception of a chance meeting in June of 2008 at the Pro Life Pig Roast.

“Mr. Bianchi was very polite and was gracious enough to shake my hand and we visited for perhaps a sum total of 5 minutes. This was the first, and last time Mr. Bianchi and I have ever spoken. I had gone on record in one of my writings to McHenry County Blog stating that I had a deep respect for Mr. Bianchi with regards to the way he had handled himself during the brutal primary campaign against Dan Regna. Other than this, I have never had any personal contact with Mr. Bianchi whatsoever.

“Mr. Cynor and I rarely if ever spoke beyond our initial meeting and a lunch in September of 2007. I did not believe he was a qualified candidate for States Attorney. I did NOT support the Democratic Party’s decisions to load up the ballot AFTER my successful primary season had ended. I believe I may have attended a total of 3 McHenry County Democratic events from the time the primary season ended, up to election day. Mr. Cynor and I had very little contact, if any, from Sept 2007 thru election day.

“I therefore found the attached emails from Mr Cynor, that he had sent to my Campaign at the very last minute of the campaign season, to be suspect.

“From reading the emails, it appears Mr. Cynor, while perhaps under some misguided belief that my campaign and the campaign of Mr. Bianchi’s were somehow linked, in fact sent me these deeply troubling emails with one intent. I believe his intent was to have me pass these along to the Bianchi Campaign in a child like attempt to emotionally extort Mr. Bianchi’s campaign.

“I found Mr. Cynor’s behavior to be reprehensible at the least. Indeed, I did pass this along to Mr. Bianchi via a forwarded email. After reading the content, I was concerned there may be some legal issues of a criminal nature that needed investigating. I wanted no part in what I believed was a misguided use of my campaign by Mr. Cynor and his campaign team.

“After reading Mr. Cynor’s emails to me, then reading the email his campaign manager Laura Asbury had immediately followed up with, I believe the motive and intent was clear. Ms. Asbury was either unaware of her candidate’s previous emails to my campaign, or she is a liar. I won’t speculate, I believe the contents of the emails speak for themselves.

“I am proud I acted in accordance with the law. I was suspect of the content and the intent of Cynor’s emails to my campaign.


“David J. Bachmann”

The emails follow:

— On Wed, 3/11/09, david bachmann wrote:

From: david bachmann
To: mtnmortician@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 3:37 PM

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:32 PM
From: “Thomas J. Cynor”
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To: “‘david bachmann'” mtnmortician@yahoo.com


Speaking of Bianchi and Lantz, I just got a number of very interesting e-mails from supporters. I have information about a young lady by the name of Amy Dalby who worked in the SA’s office for some time. Turns out there are some very serious allegations about someone working on the Bianchi campaign while being on county time. The information I have been given claims that this person worked on the campaign at least 10 hours a week on average with the approval and knowledge of the office manager and Lou himself. If true this is obviously criminal activity.

I have about $35,000.00 budgeted for a final county mailer. I can hit about 75,000 homes and about 100,000 voters with info. Info should hit the mail boxes right before the election on Saturday and Monday with press release to accompany. Just an FYI. You may want to keep an arm’s length distance from Bianchi.

Friday, October 24, 2008 11:31 PM
From: “Thomas J. Cynor”
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To: “‘david bachmann'”

Information was independently verified. Mailers already printed and in process of mailing. Thanks for the concern, however. Don’t overly concern yourself with the coverage in the NWH – relatively limited penetration among MC voters. Turnout should be around 125,000 – 130,000 voters. Should be interesting to see what happens. Good luck.

Thursday, October 30, 2008 6:22 PM
From: “Thomas J. Cynor”
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To: “‘david bachmann'”


Good work on the signs, I see them everywhere. Saw Lou B last night at Lou Czarny’s retirement dinner. He didn’t look too good – very concerned, as well he should be. Next week should be very interesting. Got calls from the papers today, looking for information on “smear” campaign. Certainly didn’t give them anything to use.

Saturday, November 1, 2008 3:53 PM
From: “Thomas J. Cynor”
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To: “‘david bachmann'”

Did you see the mailer yet? Some in Algonquin, Cary and Fox River Grove have received it in the mail today and already getting positive feed back. I suspect the bulk will be received on Monday – timing couldn’t be better. Things looking good. I just laughed at the money Lou is spending. No amount of money can save him now

Citizens for Cynor] Bianchi fabricates “last minute smear campaign”
Monday, November 3, 2008 10:09 PM
From: “Laura Asbury”
To: undisclosed-recipients

—–Inline Attachment Follows—–

To Whom It May Concern:

I have just returned from a long day campaigning. I checked my phone messages and noticed a number of telephone calls from supporters asking about this “last minute smear campaign” referenced in Lou Bianchi’s press release, Cal Skinner’s blog and multiple robo calls. I honestly don’t have the faintest idea what the Bianchi Campaign is referring to, as there is no “last minute smear campaign”. But I do know this: to play the victim card is an all too common political ploy employed only by the most desperate of candidates. Clearly Mr. Bianchi is desperate, paranoid or confused, or perhaps a bit of all of the above.

Shame on Lou Bianchi for this lowest of political tricks the day before an election. The people of McHenry County deserve better from its public servants. This is certainly an indication of all that is wrong with the State’s Attorney’s office today. Win at any cost, regardless of ethics or integrity.

Laura Asbury

Citizens for Cynor
P.O. Box 1816
Woodstock, Illinois 60098

(815) 861-1198

Bachmann also tells me he is writing a book.

He provided a copy of his first draft of his book, “UN-WANTED,” which is based on his four-year federal investigative work. He states he is meeting in Boston next week with a major publisher. You can see his suggested cover above.

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