Yesterday, I started telling you about my annual Family PAC cruise. I ended that installment before we boarded the boat.
Before walking up the gangplank, I got a couple more politicians’ photos. Next was Randy Hultgren.
I met Rich Morthland and his wife Betsey on the dock.
He’s the only Republican on the Rock Island County Board, but he flexed his political muscles and managed to get “dramatically” higher salaries for his countywide candidates completely rolled back. I think this was during the time that Governor Pat Quinn was raising his employees in the 20% range. He must have gotten great local press.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady arrived.
You can guess that Brady was a big attraction. He stayed for the whole cruise.
Trying to find the politicians, I stood next to the gang plank. There I found Richard Grabowski, who is running for state representative in the Oak Lawn area.
Next came Issac Hayes, the man bold enough to run against Jesse Jackson, Jr., for Congress. Hayes called Jackson “Senate candidate number 5” when he spoke.
Even those no longer holding or seeking office could not escape the camera clicker. Next was Family PAC Executive Director Paul Caprio’s long-time friend and former Illinois Republican National Committeeman Bob Kjellander.
Former Huntley School Board member Shawn Green was next up the boat ramp.
I caught Kirk and Stephanie Dillard before they made it to the walkway up to the boat that would take us out for a Lake Michigan cruise.