Joe Gottemoller’s Quandary

Joe Gottemoller

Joe Gottemoller

Newly-elected McHenry County Board member Joe Gottemoller is in a quandary.

He has to please the members of the coalition he put together and, at the same time, not offend potential supporters for a 2016 at-large campaign for County Board Chairman.

Among those not in his winning coalition were three newly-elected officers of the McHenry County Republican Party:

  • Vice Chairman Andrew Gasser
  • Treasurer Chuck Wheeler
  • Secretary Diane Evertsen

Put simply, if Gottemoller is to beat Jack Franks (assuming Franks breaks his pledge not to run for the office the same way he broke his pledge to only run for State Rep. three times), he is going to need enthusiastic help from all factions of the Republican Party.

That means not alienating the the core of the new folks running the Republican Party and the Precinct Committeemen who supported their election.

It should also be noted that many of Gottemoller’s inner core were not supporters of Sheriff Bill Prim in the primary election against Andy Zinke, while most of those who voted against Gottemoller were. ┬áPrim was the one with the many volunteers, not Zinke.

If there is not a power sharing when committee assignments are made Friday, Gottemoller may be pleasing his current coalition, but forgoing the opportunity to begin building they type of coalition he will need to beat Jack Franks in 2016.


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