McHenry County Blog commenters are repeatedly posting that David McSweeney is not telling the truth in his mailings when he says the following:
“Calling a 67% tax increase ‘fair.’
“Beaubien has said that the 67% income tax hike has led to a ‘fair’ rate for out working families.”
After urging from one, I wrote Tribune Editorial Page Editor Bruce Dold and asked about it:
“Dee is being cited in a footnote by McSweeney that Dee used the word ‘fair’ to describe the income tax hike.
“I can’t find the interview online or a transcript.
“Anyway I can get access to one or the other?
“Look at the bottom left of the attached mailing for the quote and footnote number.”
I sent the following mailing, which I call the “scratch out” postcard:
Here is the enlargement of the footnotes I sent the Tribune:
Here’s the answer I received from Dold:
“We don’t have a transcript or audio/video, but Kristen McQueary recalls that Dee did say that.”
Active commenter Dave, who does not want his last name used, also reached out to Dold and got the following response, which is found in a comment below, but which deserves to be seen in conjunction with the response I got from Dold:
“Dee Beaubien and Dave McSweeney appeared together for an endorsement interview with members of the editorial board.
“Both candidates said they would roll back the income tax increase. They were asked how they would replace the revenue and whether they thought the individual income tax rate was in line with other states.
“Beaubien said: “That’s right. I think it’s fair. So there we are.” But she did make it clear she wanted to roll back the tax increase.
“I did not attend this interview. This is based on the notes of two board members who did. We did not record the interview, but the candidates were free to record it. I don’t know if either candidate did.”