Yesterday, McHenry County Blog ran a press release from State Senate candidate Cliff Surges saying that Family PAC had endorsed him.
Here’s how Executive Director Paul Caprio is quoted as saying, “Our organization believes Cliff Surges is highly qualified and committed to our values and advocacy on behalf of taxpayers.”
Got some feedback indicating that the kind statement may be just that.
So, I did some investigation and discovered that Family PAC lists only five endorsements. As you can see below Surges is not on the list:
Endorsed so far are
- Li Arellano, running for State Rep. in Dixon
- Brad Halbrook, running for State Rep. down Crawford County way against double-dipping State Rep. Roger Eddy, who has gotten $60,000 from the Illinois Education Association with who Hutsonville (United School District )Education Association with which he negotiates contracts
- State Senator Carol Pankau, who was elected State Rep. in 1992
- State Senator Christine Johnson appointed to fill out a term, who is running against State Senator Dave Syverson, who first won office in 1992
- State Senator Kyle McCarter of Lebanon
I tried to contact Caprio and Surges, but didn’t get a reply yet. Busy season. They are probably out and about.
Surges is running against Karen McConnauhay.
Stay turned for more information.
Below is the questionnaire that candidates seeking endorsement were asked to complete. The desired answers are indicated.
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Looks as interpretation of the statement by Caprio to be “endorsement” was my fault.
I just received the following email from the Surges campaign:
“We never claimed Cliff was “endorsed” by Family-PAC. If you look at our press release again, we never used “endorsed”. Paul Caprio does support Cliff Surges and the letter he gave us (see attached) makes clear that Cliff is judged “highly qualified” by Family-PAC. That is what we put in the press release.”
I misinterpreted the word “support” to mean “endorse.”