A person commenting under my article about Republicans who would like to be elected McHenry County Board Chairman in December of 2014, wrote,
“Franks has already announced — as reported by the Northwest Herald and the Daily Herald — that he has no interest in the position.
“I assume you won’t believe it, since it’s not a conspiratorially entertaining.
“But seriously, it would be a big step down anyway.”
Guess you have never endured the commute to Springfield for 25% of the weeks of the year.
And perhaps you don’t have children in their teen years, which I believe Jack does.
Being McHenry County Executive would bring Franks more power than he has now.
And, although he has shown lots of interest in advancing to statewide office, even getting himself “mentioned” for Governor after he, his family and friends put about a half million into his campaign fund right before the end of reporting in June of 2007, it is my opinion that he cannot win a statewide primary election…even with Aldermen Ed Burke’s and Dick Mell’s support.
So, what does that leave as alternative for climbing up the political ladder?
A Federal judgeship?
Fascinating idea if Franks had not supported Hillary Clinton. I hear that Obama has a long memory and that Franks doesn’t get phone calls returned from the Administration.
Does Pam Althoff, climbing the leadership ladder in the State Senate, look as if she is about to retire?
And if she does, Franks would probably have to face off against State Rep.-to-be Barb Wheeler. That wold not be an automatic victory for Franks, even though he drew the map to take State Rep. Mike Tryon out of Franks’ state senate district.
It seems to me, at minimum, Franks is “keeping his options” open, as politicians put it.