If nothing happens between now and next Monday at 5 PM, Democrat State Rep. Jack Franks will join
- Mike Tryon
- Barb Wheeler
- Pam Althoff
- Karen McConnaughay
in having no opponent in the fall election.
Now, I can understand with the paucity of Democrats serving as elected officials–at least partisan officials–how the Democrats might have trouble recruiting candidates to run for the Illinois General Assembly.
But in the case of Franks, we have Ton ya Franklin, a woman chomping at the bit to take him on.
She’s a newcomer to McHenry County.
But even I, who have lived here since 1958, can relate to being a newcomer.
Four years ago, she went to swing state Florida to work for John McCain and Sarah Palin for thirty days at her own expense.
Think of anyone else who worked that hard to elect the Republican team?
Saturday her allies have called a Special Meeting of the McHenry County Republican Central Committee at d’Andrea’s in Crystal Lake (southeast corner of Routes 14 & 31) at 9 AM.
Franklin will be there at 8 AM for those who want some upfront and personal time.
The goal of the meeting is to select two “representative committeemen” for the 63rd District.
This was supposed to have been done at the convention, but apparently was overlooked.
These two representative committee, plus County Chairman Mike Tryon have the right to nominate a Republican to oppose Franks.
If nominated, Franklin will then have a day and half to gather 500 good petition signatures, which have to be delivered to the Springfield office of the State Board of Elections by close of business Monday afternoon.
You’d think GOP leaders would welcome the challenge, even encourage it, but they haven’t.
“Wait ’til next time.”
Same line I got when, at age 23 in 1966, I knocked on GOP Precinct Committeemen’s doors when I was running for McHenry County Treasurer.
“They’ll eat you alive at the Courthouse,” was another discouragement I heard.
In any event, you would think the Leaders would nominate her, knowing the near impossible task of collecting enough signatures to withstand the inevitable challenge from millionaire lawyer Jack Franks.
If she failed, they would be blameless.
But, it’s as if they want the credit for making sure Jack Franks has no opponent for the third in four election cycles.
I continue to think politics is about addition, not subtraction, but the Leadership is doing its best to alienate the growing and active Tea Party element of today’s Republican Party.