State Rep. Tom Cross, the Republican House Minority Leader, put a lot of pressure on State Rep. and McHenry County Republican Chairman Mike Tryon to get his budget staffer selected to fill Mark Beaubien’s shoes.
Gaffney ran a decent campaign, but was overwhelmed by the money thrown into the political arena by winner David McSweeney.
Because Gaffney lost, one could argue that Tryon and others who lent their names, if not their efforts, to the appointed State Representative’s campaign spent some political capital without getting positive results.
Something like playing the slot machines…except the campaign wasn’t even fun before the last coin was lost, that is election day.
Let’s assume that Tom Cross would rather have someone run against Democrat Jack Franks than not.
After all, no opponent for Franks means the Democrat with statewide ambitions can go campaigning for other Democratic legislative candidates around the state.
And, there is a candidate waiting in the wings.
Her name is Tonya Franklin.
Inspired by the Tea Party movement, she is ready, willing and able to send Jack Franks up the wall.
Of course, Franks or his allies will use the same last minute smear tactics that they used against John O’Neil two years ago.
But, if Mike Tryon decides to take the steps necessary to nominate Franklin in time for the collection of 500 good petition signatures–the deadline for submission is June 4th, as I read the law–Republicans trying to pick away at Mike Madigan’s income tax hiking incumbent House Democrats will have less help from Jack Franks.
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