I’ve finally figured out who was at the meeting in the Crystal Lake Plaza GOP Headquarters last week.
The one who recommended that Tea Party enthusiast Tonya Franklin should not run this year against Jack Franks, but maybe should in two years after more Republicans got to know her and after she had served as a Precinct Committeeman (which she tells me she wants to become).
It was headed up by newly-elected Vice Chairman Mark Daniel, who also heads the Nunda Township Republican Central Committee, replacing Brent Smith, who really got things moving there.Daniel was asked to head the committee because County Republican Chairman Mike Tryon was in Springfield doing his legislative duties in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Another of the Central Committee’s officers, Fred Wickham was present, too.
He is Treasurer and his victory showed the party establishment thought the Pro-Life faction deserved a seat at the table.
Such recognition has not yet been granted the Tea Party members of the GOP, so Tonya had no one in the room who probably understood such motivations.Neither man is from the 63rd District which Jack Franks has represented for over 13 years.
From Franks’ district were
- Republican Party Executive Director Geri Davis, also a Precinct Committeeman held by a Davis since Tom Davis’ widow, Boots Davis, activated by the Goldwater campaign in 1964, ran unopposed in 1966 when then-GOP Chairman Chuck Miller retired and
- McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer, who lives in Coral Township (Union, Illinois, address).
Various people have told me that Palmer was acting in the capacity of head of the little townships (those with “under ten” precincts.) Those townships which have fewer than ten precincts are those in County Board District 6, plus, inexplicably, Richmond and Burton Townships, which are in District 4, most of which is located in McHenry Township.
Of the Precinct Committeemen I have contacted, none received notice of a meeting to organize the “under ten” counterpart to the big townships.
Someone not from the area told me the meeting had been held the night the Central Committee was organized, but, if so, a number of committeemen in the room knew nothing of it.
But, back to the interviewing meeting.
While the committee’s negative recommendation may put the kabash on Tonya Franklin’s offer to run against Jack Franks, had they recommended she run, they would have not have had the authority to nominate her.
At least as I read the state law for filling vacancies for state representative ballot slots.