“Scurrilous” is defined as “making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation.”
That’s how Jack Franks described Republican Steve Reick’s campaign against him to the Woodstock Independent, which was published on November 19th.
Did he mean the sticker on the front page of the Woodstock Independent the week before the election?
Did Franks mean the insert in the Woodstock Independent that same week?
That insert told of Franks’ having asked Rod Blagojevich for patronage positions for family members, among other facts.
Did Franks mean that the homemade signs linking him to House Speaker Mike Madigan were scurrilous?
Or was it the sign on Route 14 coming into Woodstock from the south which reminded thousands of motorists a day that Jack Franks had broken his 1998 campaign promise to serve only three terms in the Illinois House?
Or maybe it was the one below:
Maybe it was this sign that Jack Schaffer’s Liberty Outdoor put up:
This billboard stimulated the call from a Jack Franks staffer to Metra about Jack Schaffer’s Metra pension.
Was this first version of the sign from Liberty Outdoor considered “scurrilous?”
This particular set of signs was probably never seen by Franks, since they were on Virginia Street Road, but, if he decides to break another campaign promise and run for McHenry County Board Chairman in 2016, there may be some residual impact.
Or, maybe it was the mailing which, in better format, repeated the messages in the flying that was inserted in the Woodstock Independent and the Main Line. a 9,000 circulation publication that covers the western and most rural parts of McHenry County.
Are any of the above more scurrilous than the billboard below, which appeared in support of John O’Neill’s 2010 campaign?