At McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade almost all the political entries were in front.
Except for one. The pro-life entry was almost at the back.
The candidate political entry with the most gripping graphics was that of State Rep. Jack Franks.
An extended cab pick-up truck led the Democratic Party state representative’s parade entry. There was not the usual banner.
I thought I had spotted the legislator to the left in the above photo, but as the white-haired man in white got closer, I figured out he was a volunteer in a Jack Franks shirt.
He was handed something to people in the crowd.
It wasn’t candy that was being passed out it. It was frozen sweet juice in a plastic sleeve called Pop Ice.
Then, I spotted Franks. He was on the other side of the street hurrying to catch up with his volunteers.
He was running.
Since it is essential for Franks to win re-election if he is to accomplish the goal he is currently vocalizing in Springfield–winning a seat in Congress in 2012 after Mike Madigan and John Cullerton, the House and Senate leaders respectively, cut him a district based in McHenry County which he can win–no wonder Franks is working hard this year.
If he loses his state rep. contest, Franks will not end up representing Republican McHenry County in Congress.
It is a strange year. Franks has a Republican opponent for the first time in six years. McHenry Grade School board member and McHenry Library Trustee John O’Neill is challenging the veteran lawyer-politician.
The Republican Party is not rolling over and playing dead as it did in 2006 and 2008. At least not all of it is.
You can’t lose an election when you don’t have an opponent.
But you can when you do.
This year the Republican Party is not playing dead.
At least those who didn’t contribute to Jack Franks campaign fund aren’t. It remains to be seen if the public officials who have been elected as Republicans will contribute at least as much to John O’Neill has they have to Jack Franks.
In the final of six photos of the political sprinter, Jack Franks passes up the stalled fire engine of the Catholic Order of Foresters, St. Mary’s Court #594.