Republican State Rep. candidate David McSweeney spoke to the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee at an Algonquin Township garage Thursday night.
Although only thirteen elected and appointed Precinct Committeemen showed up, McSweeney gave a stem-winding speech.
“We are in a war,” the Barrington Township Republican started.
“This is ground zero!
“It might determine if Michael Madigan becomes Speaker again.
“The Democratic Party has made me their top target in the State of Illinois.
“I’m running against Michael Madigan, the Service Employees International Union–the most radical union in the country.
“Personal PAC’s negative mailings are coming,” McSweeney continued.
He said he expected mailings saying he wanted to put women who had abortions in jail.
“I’m going to focus on increasing jobs,” he said, telling of his surprise that “the Wool Street Bar [near Cary's Jewel] had closed down.”
“I knocked on 3,000 doors in the primary,” he continued, pledging to knock on more for the fall election.
“The soft D’s aren’t happy,” he said he had discovered in his door-to-door campaigning.
“We all know that Dee Beaubien is a nice person, but she is wrong on the issues,” explained as he reiterated that it is “likely” that the outcome in the 52nd District “will determine who will control the Illinois House.
“There will be no personal attacks in this race, but before it is over people will know where each of us stands.”
He predicted the campaign might cost $500,000 to $1 million.
McSweeney also predicted that if Beaubien won, Democrats would be running as Independents all over the suburbs.
He described it as a new template, which he gave Terry Cosgrove of Personal PAC credit for conceiving.
In conclusion, McSweeney praised Kent Gaffney, one of the two he beat in the spring primary.
“There’s a guy who has been there for me and I’ll be there for him in the future.”