Regular readers will know that I go to parades to read political tea leaves.
Perhaps the biggest insight was that Democrat Jack Franks was in the middle of the Republican floats.Whether deliberate or not, it surely sent a mixed message to those along the parade route.
Especially since the McHenry County Republican Party refused to field an opponent to the reliable vote for House Speaker Mike Madigan’s continued one-man rule of Illinois.
I wasn’t the only one to make note of the parade order.
Fox River Grove Republican Precinct Committeeman Andrew Gasser wrote an article touching on that, plus the co-option of Republican activists by Franks.
There were lots of candidates at the reception besides Provenzano.
I saw Joe Gottemoller, Mary McClelland, Sue Draffkorn, all of whom seek to represent part of the McHenry area on the County Board.
Former GOP State Rep. primary candidate in the 52nd District Danielle Rowe was also present.
And, miracles of miracles, there were two Romney for President signs.
The parade was off.
Municipal officials came first.
The McHenry Aldermen kept coming in numerical order.
The next Alderman rode in a red pick-up truck.
A convertible carrying the only Alderwoman was next.
Congressman Randy Hultgren, who won all of McHenry County, but Algonquin Township, in Michael Madigan’s redistricted map, led off the Republican contingent with Provenzano.
And, then my camera froze, so I missed the other Republicans.
But it started working again as State Rep. Jack Franks worked the crowd on the other side of the street.
If there were any indication that Franks was running on the Democratic Party ticket and would vote to re-elect House Speaker Mike Madigan once he wins his uncontested race, I didn’t see.
More Republicans were behind Franks.
A Sheriff’s Department vehicle came next.
Not like the last Fiesta Days Parade I attended in 2010 when Sheriff Keith Nygren was being challenge by Democrat Mike Mahon. Take a look at the motorcycles, snowmobile, convertible, crime prevention trailer, perhaps being pulled by the vehicle above, but without Undersheriff Andrew Zinke’s name on its side.
But who was driving the vehicle?
Next was Mary Mahady, apparently running for McHenry Township Assessor.
Next spring township elections will be held throughout McHenry County, so this was the last time to increase one’s name identification in a Fiesta Days Parade. Johnsburg has one in October, where there will probably be more township candidates.
Seemingly out of place at the parade was former McHenry County Board candidate Rachel Smith from the western side of Wonder Lake. She was watching the parade before a cancer fund raiser for her aunt, whose last name is Jones.