I sympathized with State Rep. Jack Franks when he told me that someone had put up an anti-semitic sign on Route 31 during one of his early campaigns.
Now, I learn that his supporters did dirty trick robo-calls during his 2000 against Dr. Tom Salvi.
In the Crystal Lake area, people were told that Salvi was an ally of the NRA.
In Hebron, those called received the message that Salvi was against guns.
In 2008, there was a bogus complaint against Republican opponent John O’Neill to the Illinois State Board of Elections by a Franks’ supporter.
At the end of the campaign, an anonymous group called “McHenry County Committee for Qualified Candidates (MCQC)” distributed the literature you see below:
I checked with both the Illinois State Board of Elections and the McHenry County Clerk and no such entity has filed as a political action committee.
So if anyone was in trouble with the State Board of Elections, it’s this anonymous “pop-up” committee.
And, now we are in 2014 with Republican Steve Reick running against Jack Franks.
Franks, with plenty of money in his campaign treasury, has apparently hired young people to knock on doors on his behalf.
I have reports from three reliable sources, two who talked to people in Johnsburg and one who had his door knocked on in Woodstock.
The one in Woodstock, Zane Seipler, even Facebooked part of the encounter.
In all three instances, a young man described Reick as a supporter of partial birth abortion, was a supporter of higher taxes and opposed term limits.
So, the young men were outright lying.
Here’s what Seipler wrote on his Facebook page: