Remember in history classes how the professor told you that the conspiratorial theory of history was bunk.
I’m willing to guess the Oberlin College prof that told us students that didn’t know much about Illinois politics.
Having seen what appeared to be a quite healthy Sheriff Keith Nygren at the Republican Party’s Port Edward fund raiser Monday night introducing his chosen heir Andy Zinke, appointed Undersheriff after Undersheriff Gene Lowery left to become Deputy Crystal Lake Police Chief, I’m wondering what those interested in retaining control of the Sheriff’s Department are up to. (From that sentence structure, can you tell I took too much German.)
But it wasn’t just Zinke that leads me to think that an active campaign has begun.
I’m pretty sure he brought his wife and child.
One does not subject one’s family to a boring (to them) Republican fund raiser unless it’s really important that they be in attendance.
Rumor has it that both
- Gene Lowery, whom I’m told thought he was to be Nygren’s choice until election night, and
- Nygren’s 2010 GOP primary opponent Zane Seipler
are not at all happy at Zinke’s active campaigning for an office that most think will not be on the ballot until 2014.
After all, that’s when Nygren’s term runs out.
But, in the Northwest Herald’s September 28th front page article announcing Zinke’s candidacy for McHenry County Sheriff, Nygren says he is not only backing Zinke, but might step down if he has health or some other unforeseen situation arises.
The “let’s leave some wiggle room” approach by Nygren got me thinking.
Nygren also placed great emphasis in the NWH article that appeared the day before Seipler’s Appellate Court victory about how having a mandate from the voters is important, although he mentions a four-year term.
How can Nygren maneuver Zinke into office?
I see four ways and will discuss one a day.
Nygren could resign the day before the beginning of filing.
That would be Sunday, November 27th or maybe the Friday before.
Petitions and Statements of Economic Interest can be filed on Monday, November 28th through Monday, December 5th.
Resigning before the beginning of filing means the office would be filled by a special election in November and that there would be a primary election in March to decide who would represent the Republican Party on the ballot.
If Nygren decided to resign before filling started, he would be following the example of retiring judges, especially in Cook County.
Wanting to make sure their friend has a huge advantage, a Judge will not tell anyone but his chosen replacement that he intends to retire.
Then he (women wouldn’t stoop that low would they?) announces his retirement and the chosen one is the only person who has petitions ready to file.
With Nygren’s resignation, state law says the following would happen:
“…until a vacancy in the office of sheriff is filled as provided in The Election Code, the undersheriff shall be the acting sheriff with all the powers and duties of a sheriff.”
Coroner Marlene Lantz took over before Nygren was appointed.
Another section of the law talks of an appointment being made. I’m assuming that’s by the County Board.
Would the County Board wait until after the primary and, being dominated by Republicans, appoint whomever wins?
If this is Nygren’s plan, then he most certainly will follow the Northwest Herald’s advice and appeal the 2nd Appellate Court’s reinstatement of Seipler in the Sheriff’s Department and appeal his losing case to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Not that he has a chance of winning an union arbitration case before a Court majority that was elected with labor union money, but, hey, it’s the taxpayer’s footing the bill and as long as the case is on appeal, Seipler will not get a fat check for back pay, some of which he could use to finance a campaign against Zinke.
That was Nygren’s strategy in appealing Judge Meyer’s decision affirming the arbitrator’s decision that Seipler should get back his job after a three-day suspension.
So, if Lowery and Seipler think Nygren might be this sneaky, what should they do?
The answer, of course, is
Pretty obvious, right?
Scenario two tomorrow.
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“Backdooring” is explained in various ways at a gaming web site. One is
- “The benefit of the strategy lies in the element of surprise” and
- as ” a high-risk high-reward tactic.”