Although no letter has reached my email inbox, a Precinct Committeeman has forwarded me a letter from Mike Tryon addressed to Precinct Committeemen.
Tryon obviously is supporting his four-member interview committee in its decision not to support Tea Party-inspired Tonya Franklin’s offer to run for State Representative against Democrat Jack Franks.
If the Leadership of the McHenry County Republican Party is successful in thwarting Tonya Franklin’s effort to gain ballot status, Tryon and his predecessor Bill LeFew will have managed to give “Chainsaw Jack” a free ride three out of the last four elections.
Tryon’s email discourages people from attending the Saturday, June 2nd 9 AM meeting at d’Andrea’s, which was called by more than 25% of the Precinct Committeemen pursuant to the Central Committee Bylaws. (You can find the Bylaws, which are not published on the Central Committee web site, here.)
Tryon asserts–without telling why–that the “meeting is NOT a Central Committee meeting.”
While Tryon can call a meeting, I don’t see anything in the Bylaws that allows him to cancel one.
Indeed he says, “As your Chairman, I cannot and will not tell you not to attend this meeting.”
I guess he remembers hearing something in the First Amendment about Freedom of Association,.
Tryon’s letter, however, does give a pretty clear signal of the Party Establishment’s strategy.
It’s a simple one.
Make sure there aren’t 40% of the Precinct Committeemen in attendance so there can’t be a quorum.
One of Tryon’s arguments in favor of running no one against the electric rate hike guy is laughable.
He says it will divert energy away from defeating Barack Obama.
Anyone who thinks Barack Obama is going to lose Illinois, raise your hand.
Here is Tryon’s letter:
Dear McHenry County Republican Committeemen and Committeewomen:
You may have already received a letter from Algonquin Committeewoman Sharon Meroni requesting a special meeting to nominate Tonya Franklin to run against Representative Jack Franks on the November ballot.
Please be advised that this meeting is NOT a Central Committee meeting.
I would be remiss as your Chairman if I did not enlighten you as to how this transpired.
I was contacted several weeks ago by Ms. Franklin who expressed an interest in running against Rep. Franks.
I met with her and assigned several members of the Executive Board to serve as a vetting committee.
My committee did meet with Ms. Franklin twice.
While they commended her on her efforts, at the time of the interviews they found her to be uninformed on the issues.
In addition, she had no experience in running for office, had never been a precinct committeeman and had only voted twice in the four years since she registered.
It was pointed out to her that we, as a Party, were committed to working to elect the Republican candidates that had been victorious in the Primary Election.
We are committed to help elect our Congressmen, our State Senators and Representatives, our County Board candidates and most of all, electing a Republican President.
At the time of those interviews, Ms. Franklin was not receptive to any suggestions that she become active in our Party, get to know the elected officials and the constituency and work towards running in the future.
After the two meetings, the seven members of the executive board who met with her decided not to advance the process to nominate her.
However, she was encouraged to spend the next year learning about the issues of District 63 and of Illinois so she could pass petitions in 2013 for a 2014 run in the 63rd District.
As your Chairman, I cannot and will not tell you not to attend this meeting.
That is your decision.
I will say that I believe the events that have transpired over the last several days are unfortunate and have not been in the best interests of the McHenry County Republican Party.
I appreciate your confidence in reelecting me your Chairman for another two years and look forward to working with you for the good of our Party.
Mike Tryon, Chairman
In Bill McCormick’s chemistry class at Crystal Lake Community High School in 1959 I was asked to weigh out a gram of phosphorus.
By mistake, I gave my teacher ten grams.
The room had to be evacuated because of all of the smoke. (And, no, I did not know he was a Democratic Party Precinct Committeeman at the time.)
So the question I would ask is,
Has Mike Tryon poured water on burning phosphorus?
Come to d’Andrea’s next Saturday morning at 9 AM and see. It will be an open meeting. (Come as early as 8 and meet Tonya Franklin.)
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Read Sharon Meroni’s reply to Tryon’s attempt to sabotage the meeting she got over 25% of the GOP Precinct Committee to call here.