Here’s the email from John J. Smith:
I would like to make it clear to you and your readers that I am not the person who posted on your website regarding Mike Tryon and Tonya Franklin on 5/27/12 @ 8:08 am.
I think you know me as the founder of Smith Engineering, Inc. (SEC Group, Inc.). I always sign my name as John J. Smith.
Thank you for recognizing this confusion.
John J. Smith, 200 South Green Street, McHenry, IL 60050
The comment in question is below:
Submitted on 2012/05/27 at 8:08 am
Marie, Chairman Tryon has every legal right to do what he did as the duly elected GOP Chairman of the County. His word is law, here.
You say “over the past 4 years Tonya has spent thousands of dollars of her own money being politically involved across the Nation.”
That’s beautiful, but she should have been spending her time and money being involved right here in McHenry County, helping local candidates and the local party both with grassroots and financially.
Instead, Tonya barely votes in elections.
She claimed her workload was what prevented her from circulating petitions to be on the ballot in the primary.
That explanation from Tonya was glib, and betrays someone not ready to run for public office.
Tonya’s only claim-to-fame locally was protesting her 23-year old daughter being fired from the Crystal Lake Outback restaurant last fall.
Franklin’s actions that night damaged a local business’ revenues.
And why was Tonya out there protesting?
She falsely claimed her daughter was fired because of a political bracelet with the “Don’t Tread on Me” from the Gadsden flag and “November 6, 2012″ on it.
The truth was, according to Outback corporate management, was Tonya’s daughter was terminated because she talked-back to the store manager in a 1-on-1 conversation while being disciplined for several complaints one night.
Tonya’s first impressions to McHenry County politics has not been a good one.
With the Outback incident, and coupled that her “introduction” press release inaccurately reported a vote by State Representative Franks, I fully understand and support Tryon’s conclusion on a Tonya Franklin candidacy this year.