State Senate candidate Karen McConnaughay is charging “mudslinging” in her reaction to an email and mailing sent out by Adam Andrzejewski’ For the Good of Illinois PAC.
You can read the mailing and Andrzejewski’s motivation for sending it here.
First I’ll show you McConnaughay’s rebuttal, then the original email with links to sources concerning the charges:
Statement from Citizens for Karen McConnaughay regarding continued baseless mudslinging from the desperate Surges campaign
There is nothing surprising about activist Adam Andrzejewski’s mudslinging at Karen McConnaughay.
In his bid for political relevance he joins in the chorus of baseless, unfounded attacks that have characterized the Surges campaign.
With no meaningful experience, no substantive knowledge of the issues and no relevant accomplishments, Cliff Surges and his attack dogs have resorted to assailing the character of one of the most respected local elected officials in the area.
No matter that the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, Kane County Chronicle, Northwest Herald, Examiner Newspaper, Congressman Roskam, Congressman Hultgren and many others have attested to the achievement and integrity of Karen McConnaughay, we are supposed to believe outlandish accusations offered with no substantiation and no basis in fact.
It is also extremely curious that Adam’s electronic assault came two days after Cliff Surges paid him $3,200.
If you apply the same standard of proof that Cliff and Adam use that is clear evidence of corruption.
If Surges makes a donation to Adam and then Adam launches his attack, it is rock solid evidence of a quid pro quo.
The double standard is mind-boggling.
The voters of the 33rd District are smart enough to know that Karen has never engaged in any pay to play antics and has never made any personnel or policy decision based on anything other than merit and the best interests of the taxpayers.
Nothing in this, or any other politically-motivated attack, has shown or even claimed that anything Karen did was in violation of the law or any county policy.
This is just another example of the sad depth to which the Surges campaign has sunk.
Below is the blast email that Andrzejewski sent out, apparently last night:
Does the Kane County Board Chairmanship come with a license to print campaign cash?
Karen McConnaughay must think so.
So many county vendors became campaign contributors that the Daily Herald Editorial Board wrote, “We encourage McConnaughay to quit taking money from county vendors…”
She’s now running for state senate on a track record of presiding over a legalized money laundering scheme™. Here are the details–
In 2004, McConnaughay won election as Kane County Board Chairperson. From 2004-2009, the salary of Phil Bus– county development director- was spiked 71% from $93,481 to $158,923, graph.
Then Phil Bus retired (2009) on the largest pension in Kane County history- $113,277/ year, proof. The salary spiking had padded his pension. But only two months later, Bus was re-hired by the county on lucrative consulting contracts. Look up FoxPlans, LLC by year, here.
Sourced by a local newspaper, Bus’ wife and brother (Randall) contributed $9,300 in campaign cash to McConnaughay. We confirmed $4800 from the state board website.
The Bus brother Randall’s engineering company, according to published reports, became the “go-to consultant on almost every unincorporated county subdivision plan”. We sourced tens of thousands of dollars in “consulting” payments flowing from Kane County.
Karen McConnaughay’s political paradigm isn’t new to the GOP. Governors Thompson-Edgar-Ryan pioneered the patronage model. The Republican Party then split between political bosses who needed taxes to fund patronage, and our conservative, productive, tax-paying base.
You can’t reform Illinois if you don’t reform the IL GOP. And, you can’t reform the Republican Party if you elect politicians like Karen McConnaughay.
Chairman | For The Good of Illinois PAC
PS. On March 20th, you and I can stop “McConnaughay Money Magic”. Please give online $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1000 to For the Good of Illinois PAC today. Thank you!