Retired Marine lawyer Paul Schimpf spoke to the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee at McHenry County Republican Headquarters in the Crystal Lake Plaza last night.
Schimpf was the advisor to the Iraqi attorneys who prosecuted Saddam Hussein.
His best line was
“Once you have dealt with the Ace of Spades,
corruption in Illinois doesn’t seem so bad.”
Schimpf summarized the three issues he is using in his campaign
- “It’s between me and Lisa Madigan.” On an ideological scale where Michael Moore is a one and Rush Limbaugh a 10, Schimpf said he would be “about a 7.” “I’m a lot closer to the center than Lisa is.” He pointed to a U.S. Supreme Court decision on which Madigan filed a brief that was decided 9-0 for the other side. That meant liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg even disagreed with Madigan.
- The “kind of Attorney General’s Office we’re going to have.” Now, Schimpf said the office is on the “ABC Plan–Anything But Corruption.” Lisa Madigan concentrates on consumer protection, her opponent says. “Fighting corruption will be my number one priority.” He said the Attorney General’s Office for the last twelve years has been “just another cog in the governmental machine.”
- “A referendum on the political system and political family that has failed out state.” Schimpf touted his independence from “the political hacks of either political party.” He said he was not recruited by the Republican Party. “If elected, my loyalty will be to the people of the State of Illinois.”
“The people are ready for a Marine not a Madigan for Attorney General.”
Over the twelve years Lisa Madigan has served as Attorney General,
“Has the state become more or less corrupt, more or less dysfunctional?”
McHenry County Board candidate Andrew Gasser also spoke to the gathered Republican Precinct Committeemen.
He made three pledges:
- He will not take a pension. He pointed out he already has a military pension and would not be a double dipper.
- He will not take the health care benefits County Board members enjoy. He pointed out that he already has Veterans health care.
- “Two terms and I’m out,” he said.
“I’m running to be your McHenry County Watchdog,” he concluded.
In addition Ted Livengood spoke on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis.
He stressed the closeness of Oberweis’ race with incumbent Dick Durbin.