You could knock me over with a feather.
- running two front page guilt by association articles about Republican McHenry County Sheriff’s candidate Bill Prim, and
- featuring Independent opponent Jim Harrison’s photo, complete with banner and yard signs, above Prim’s in its candidate profile,
the Northwest Herald has endorses Prim to replace Keith Nygren for Sheriff.
Maybe it was because McHenry County’s paper of record was on the losing side in the primary election, when it backed Nygren’s chosen successor, Undersheriff Andy Zinke, for the Republican nomination.
Maybe the powers that be at the NWH saw the political tides shifting and decided to go with the flow, as what some old timers are calling “the New Regime” took control of the Republican Party Central Committee.
Maybe they respected Prim’s not challenging Harrison’s petition signatures.
Maybe they respected Prim’s unwavering positive message.
Maybe last week’s Holiday Hills shooting of two Sheriff’s Deputies brought them to the conclusion that when the choice for the next Sheriff is between a lawyer and a lawman, a lawman would be the better choice.
In any event, my reading of the NWH tea leaves was incorrect.
In its editorial (read it here), the paper wrote
Prim, a recently retired commander with the Des Plaines Police Department, has a long history in law enforcement.
His campaign message is taxpayer friendly.
He says he wants to maintain and even improve the professionalism of the county’s largest law enforcement agency. Prim has the background to fill that role.