Led by Sharon Meroni, a successful write-in candidate for GOP Precinct Committeeman in Fox River Grove, over 25% of the members (both elected and appointed) of the McHenry County Central Committee agreed to call a 9 AM special meeting on Saturday, June 2nd at d’Anrea’s at the corner of Routes 14 and 31 in Crystal Lake. (Tonya Franklin will be there at 8.)
There is some irony that Meroni selected the same location where the local GOP organized last month, but forgot to name two 63rd Representative Committeemen, who, along with Chairman Mike Tryon, have the statutory authority to nominate someone to run against “Chainsaw Jack” Franks.
Tryon might still be in Springfield, if the General Assembly runs overtime, or on the way home for the 9:30 AM meeting.
The question running through my mind is whether Tryon will pass the word to
- give “those Tea Party insurgents” their candidate with the full expectation that he can say, “I told you so,” when Tonya Franklin loses to the 7-term Democratic Party veteran this fall or
- use every means possible to obstruct the nomination of opposition to Franks, a candidacy which, most assuredly, will not please the senior and only Majority Party member of the McHenry County legislative delegation.
In either eventuality, Tryon will alienate a faction of the GOP.
He can go with
- the faction who attend Jack Franks’ fund raisers, even speak in praise of Franks at them when asked, those whose names appear on Franks’ “Host Committee,” those who actively campaign for Franks, the ones who refused to support John O’Neill two years ago or
- the faction who thinks the Republican Party should not roll over and wait to be patted on the stomach by Jack Franks as he does his best to co-op every Republican of any power or potential power
Kind of tough to please both.
The blowback was signaled in this comment from John Smith (maybe pseudonym, maybe not):
“Congratulations, but all you have done is get a meeting on the calendar.
“Now you have to get a quorum of committeemen there at the meeting next Saturday morning. Impressive feat to call a special meeting, but calling a meeting and conducting it legally are 2 different things.”
“Smith” is correct, of course.
Either Tryon or Vice Chairman Mark Daniel will be chairing the meeting.
The chairman can either be accommodating or hostile.
The potential exists that the judgment of both could be overruled by the meeting the Saturday after next.
No politician wants his subordinates to overrule him.
So my guess is that neither will want to appease the supporters of Tonya Franklin.
Will 40% of the Precinct Committee show up?
Maybe those who agree with the four who interviewed Tonya Franklin behind the locked doors of my former legislative office in the Crystal Lake Plaza will adopt the strategy of ignoring the meeting.
If not, there won’t be a quorum.
If enough follow that course of inaction, committeemen who have never talked to Tonya Franklin will not get the opportunity to judge for themselves whether she would mount a credible campaign against “Chainsaw Jack” Franks.
They’ll have listened to the one-sided pitch of someone opposed to Franklin and decided to condemn her candidacy in absentia.
Even Christ, one might remember, got a chance to present his case to Pontius Pilate before he was crucified.
If there is a quorum, will a majority be willing to vote for two “63rd District Representative Committeemen” who will then proceed to the Starbucks on the Woodstock Square (to be in the 63rd District, a requirement) to nominate Tonya Franklin?
No guarantee that will be a result of the meeting.
If Tonya Franklin’s allies can’t muster a majority of whoever shows up, the majority could refuse to appoint the required two 63rd District Representative Committeemen or appoint two who would agree with Tryon’s and Daniel’s and his interview committee’s negative recommendation.
I make no prediction on the Saturday meeting results any more than I’m willing to predict when the Northwest Herald will write a story about Tonya Franklin’s quest.