While all four Republican candidates for Governor were expected to make appearances at the McHenry Country Club Wednesday, only three turned up. Missing was Bruce Rauner.
Bill Brady made a late morning appearance well before the four o’clock cocktail hour and five o’clock dinner.
Only the golfers were present.
Dan Rutherford attended the cocktail hour, making brief comments after working the crowd.
The short comments were appreciated by the crowd.
Kirk Dillard arrived as I was parking…at about 4:20.
He and McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer greeted DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan, who is running for State Treasurer, the office that Rutherford is vacating. He is a CPA and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Grogan is not one of the DuPage County Republicans that urged tripling of the RTA Sales Tax. He told me that his opponent Bob Schillerstrom used the money to balance the County budget when he was DuPage County Board Chairman. (Other years he raided pension funds and the County Water Authority.)
Judy Baar Topinka was in rare form when she spoke to the cocktail hour crowd.
Commenting on Governor Pat Quinn, she said,
“The poor thing just doesn’t know what he is doing.
“He has no management skills.
“We looked at out little Democrat friends and they’re all in trouble.
“I’m running again for Comptroller because I’m crazy enough to want to be a fiscal officer for a bankrupt state.”
At dinner, Dillard gave a brief talk.
“We must return pride to the prairie.
“We need to nominate someone who can win in the General Election.”We made Mike Madigan the Minority Leader during our term,”
Dillard said, referring to when he was Governor Jim Edgar’s Chief of Staff. Edgar has endorsed Dillard’s candidacy.
McHenry County is represented by three Republican State Senators and three Republican State Representatives.
Both State Senator Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay were in attendance.
State Representatives Mike Tryon, who is Chairman of the McHenry County Republican Central Committee made the rounds and emceed the event.
David McSweeney came as well.
He spoke briefly to the dinner crowd, giving a shout-out to Metra Board member, former State Senator and Republican Party Central Committee Chairman Jack Schaffer for blowing the whistle on the patronage seekers on the Metra Board.
At his suggestion, Schaffer received a standing ovation.
There were lots of McHenry County officials present.
I’ve mentioned County Auditor Pam Palmer.
In addition, McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren, Regional Superintendent of Education Leslie Schermerhorn, Circuit Clerk Kathy Keefe and Coroner Anne Majewski were sighted.
I’ll probably leave out some County Board members, but besides Chairwoman Hill, I saw Joe Gottemoller, Mike Skala, Anna May Miller, Diane Evertsen, Ersel Schuster, Ken Koehler, Nick Provenzano and John Hammerand.
Retired Coroner Marlene Lantz was also in attendance.
I complimented her, observing not many retired officials bother to show up for GOP fund raising events.
There were some township officials at Play Day.
Greenwood Township Supervisor Barbara Klasen, Alden Supervisor Preston Rea,Grafton Township Road Commissioner Tom Poznanski and Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller. There may have been others.
The only municipal official I saw was Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager.