Special Meeting Intitiator Sharon Meroni Reflects on Tonya Franklin’s Rejection by McHenry County Republican Party
An email from Sharon Meroni, who organized the effort to get Tonya Franklin on the ballot to oppose Democrat “Chainsaw Jack” Franks.
Meroni, a write-in candidate for Republican Precinct Committeeman in Fox River Grove, did something I have seen no other GOP Precinct Committeemen do since 1966–she got a Special Meeting of the Central Committee.
I want to thank the spirited coalition of supporters for Tonya Franklin’s application to be placed on the Republican ballot against Jack Franks.
We worked hard to get our vote.
Truthfully, that still hurts.
I am new to McHenry County Republicans.
Many of us are.
This project to get a legitimate vote for or against Tonya’s application had positive momentum with the goals to inform fellow committeemen (and precinct captains) while providing a venue to vote.
My personal disappointment at being denied that vote is raw.
I work at Defend the Vote every day and actually suspended my research to fight for the committeemen’s vote with the McHenry County Republican Party leadership.
That is how important this matter was to me.
This fight wasn’t planned.
Rep Tryon asked us to find a candidate.
We did so, and we stepped up to support that candidate.
The discovery process of learning that Rep Tryon was actually actively suppressing the legal vote of the Committeemen was just that; a discovery process.
It was disappointing.
One unavoidable outcome of the meeting is on-the-record proof that our own party leadership literally actively worked to defeat the committeemen’s effort to have the vote Illinois law and McHenry Count By-laws specifically provides for.
Rep Tryon has never responded to the charge that he failed to set up the required meeting, despite being given ample notice that the vote from the “committee that was not a committee” (in his letter redefined as the Executive Committee) was not authorized in Illinois Law or in McHenry County Republican By-Laws.
In addition, Rep. Tryon made the political and tactical decision to cancel the meeting required by McHenry County By-Laws, and which should have been held on May 17th.
If this meeting had been held, Committeemen would have had the vote (for or against Tonya’s application) that is entitled as solely ours by Illinois law.
When we asked for this May 17th meeting to be scheduled, Tryon’s leadership responded with silence and then a cancellation of a meeting that was never scheduled.
When we asked McHenry County Republican Committeemen for a special meeting and achieved the 25% required in McHenry County Republican By-laws, Tryon’s leadership responded with two blasts from an email intimating it was not a legal meeting and that the Chairmen would not attend…Leaving the definite impression the June 2nd Special Meeting was not legitimate.
Then Chairman Tryon and Vice Chairman Mark Daniel showed up to Chair the meeting.
Chairman Tryon admits on the record, more than once, that it this was a legitimate meeting, but we needed a quorum.
When committeemen questioned Chairmen’s obvious manipulation to suppress a quorum, he literally ran off the stage.
Chairman Tryon was unable to speak to us.
While emotions were high, we were not shouting; Committeemen who had the floor, asked for accountability.
We had lawyers and parliamentarians there to assure the meeting was professionally run.
Our attorney, a skilled election lawyer named Laura Jacksack, and the parliamentarians were instrumental in guiding the meeting. (You guys were great!)
It was an exercise in Liberty!
The result, Chairmen Tryon, who was unable to withstand scrutiny, ran off the stage.