Sheriff’s Candidate Andy Zinke Uses Government Email and Street Addresses for Fund Raising Invitations
A full court press is being put on by Andy Zinke, Keith Nygren’s anointed successor for McHenry County Sheriff.
Nygren, of course, was elected two years ago and has a term that does not expire until 2014.
Nevertheless, Zinke filed forms for his Political Action Committee on September 27, 2011.
Even before that, Zinke was appearing at political functions in his uniform.
Look closely and you can see him at this late August, 2011, Nunda Township Republican Central Committee meeting featuring State Party Chairman Pat Brady.
About a month later, Zinke used the Sheriff’s Department’s publicity agent of choice, the Northwest Herald, to announce he was running for the office. (You don’t have to guess why I entitled the article, “Guess Who the Northwest Herald Will Endorse to Replay Sheriff Keith Nygren.”)
The introducing of Zinke to the local political Establishment continued.
He and a woman I think was his wife attended the Port Edward fund raiser for the McHenry County Republican Central Committee in early October.
Sheriff Keith Nygren introduced him around.
Later in October, Zinke was there glad-handing police and fire officials at the Nunda Township Republican Party’s picnic honoring them.
By this time Zinke was not wearing his dress uniform.
In February, Zinke was back to dress whites when he attended a meeting of the McHenry County Business Committee, spear-headed by Nunda Township Republican Party Central Committee Chairman Brent Smith.
Indicating increasing favor on the part of McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Mike Tryon was Zinke’s selection to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the GOP’s Lincoln Day Dinner.
The most recent indication of how far Sheriff Nygren is willing to go to promote his underling is the newly-revamped web site of the Sheriff’s Department.
Comments under the story, turned into a story of its own, suggested it was part of Zinke’s campaign to replace Nygren.
But the best indication that Zinke’s supporters are going all-out to elect their man are the invitations to his late June fund raiser in Union.
Post cards went out throughout McHenry County.
As far as I know, each precinct committeeman got one. (“No charge,” was the message.)
And, elected officials, plus police and fire officials, presumably from the McHenry County Yearbook listing, received invitations at their government’s address.
Why look up home addresses when one can just do it the easy way, I guess.
But the invitation wasn’t just send by first class post cards.
It arrived by email.
The email seem to have gone out June 14th.
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