Exhibit A in the case that Precinct Committeemen can make a difference for the candidates they endorse is Fox River Grove’s Andrew Gasser. Turnout was up substantially.
The high space expert (see Tea Party in Space) was elected Republican Precinct Committeeman in Fox River Grove.
Compare the results in Gasser’s Algonquin Township Precinct 4 with the countywide results:
- Gaffney – 35 vs. 35% in McHenry County
- McSweeney – 34% vs. 40% in McHenry County
- Rowe – 31% vs 25% in McHenry County
Now Gasser has strongly endorsed McSweeney over expected Independent candidate Dee Beaubien.
“At the time of this post I cannot find an official website for Mrs. Beaubien, but this is what I do know: Mrs. Beaubien is not a conservative like Mr. McSweeney.
“There have been several blog posts about Mrs. Beaubien that are quite revealing about who she really is and what she really stands for.”
Gasser thinks this article on McHenry County Blog is significant.
“When you have allies of President Obama supporting a candidate, that is a giant red flag for me personally.
“We simply cannot have weak conservatives in Springfield.
“It is my humble opinion that Mrs. Beaubien does not represent our values here in our 4th precinct in Algonquin Township, or Fox River Grove.”
Gasser has another article about the State Convention. I like the part about “the star of the convention,” Joe Walsh. It says, “…perhaps Congressman Bobby Schilling said it best, ‘What, I have to follow Joe?’”
He describes Walsh’s 2010 victory over Melissa Bean:
“It is important to note that Congressman Joe Walsh was elected to congress without ANY help from the national or state Republican organizations.
“He defeated Melissa Bean utilizing the Illinois Tea Party grassroots organization and conservatives who were just sick and tired of Bean.”
At the state convention, Party Chairman Pat Brady admitted that Walsh received no party help in his introduction of Walsh. Walsh got a standing ovation as he entered.