Prospective candidate for State Rep. Tonya Franklin will not be getting the nod to run as the Republican candidate against 14-term Democrat Jack Franks.
She called me to tell me that she had been called by newly-elected Republican Central Committee Vice Chairman Mark Daniel.
The answer was no.
“We put an interview committee together and they interviewed her,” Central Committee Chairman Mike Tryon told me from Springfield.
“The decision the interview committee made was a recommendation not to put her on as a candidate for state representative.
“We were impressed with her level of energy and her willingness to come forward.”
Tryon’s stand-in was Republican Party Vice Chairman Mark Daniel.
He chaired last night interviewing committee at GOP Headquarters in the Crystal Lake Plaza.
Here’s what he told me:
“We were impressed with her willingness to run against Jack Franks.
“We felt at this time that we would like to see her be appointed a Precinct Committeeman to work with the constituents and other fellow Republicans in the County.
“The McHenry County Republican Central Committee would like to work with her to help her in her quest if she would like to run in two years.
“We feel she could be a valuable asset to the party.”
I asked if the Party is still trying to find a candidate for face off against Jack Franks.
“We will be looking,” Daniel told me.
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There are two other candidates I’ve observed with the level of energy of Tonya Franklin.
One was Don Manzullo in 1992.
The other is Joe Walsh.
Every candidate has pluses and minuses.
Being driven to win the office is probably the biggest plus.
Ask Dianne Klemm about Leslie Root, who beat her when she was County Board Chairman.
Actually, Tonya Franklin reminds me of Leslie Root.
I believe Tonya Franklin would have driven Jack Franks nuts.
She certainly would have pinned him to McHenry County.
Franklin would have hampered Franks’ quest to gain statewide office. Her presence on the ticket would have given Franks less time to campaign for other Democrats who will join him in voting for Mike Madigan for House Speaker. for the umpty-ump time.
As an active Tea Party participant, Tonya Franklin could have brought a wave of new volunteers to the local Republican Party.
And looking at the numerous vacancies for Republican Precinct Committeeman, an infusion of new blood is certainly needed.
Tonya Franklin campaigned in Florida during the last month of the 2008 campaign for John McCain and Sarah Palin.
On her own dime.
Maybe there are people in McHenry County who put as much money and effort to beating Barack Obama four years ago, but I’d be hard pressed to name one.
The primary role of party leaders is not to interview people who pop out of the woodwork to volunteer to take on someone no filed in the primary against.
It is to fill the slot on the ballot.
The deadline is June 4th.