Jeff Lichte is running for State Representative as a Republican.
McHenry County Blog has been reporting that he is a Jack Franks plant, a fake Republican, a ringer, if you will.
The man has voted in Democratic Party primaries.
Although he gathered a good number of signatures himself, every other petition passer lives outside of McHenry County–some in Chicago.
House Speaker Mike Madigan regularly fields people in his Republican primary who will roll over and play dead.
Franks may have had a different motive.
If no one ran in the GOP primary, the Republican Party could pick someone in a caucus, gather signatures for him or her to put the choice on the ballot.
If a ringer like Lichte were on the ballot without opposition, however, the local GOP would not be able to field a serious candidate against Franks.
Unknown to the Franks folks, Steve Reick, the Democrat’s 2014 opponent who drove his winning margin down to 58%, changed his mind and filed on the last day possible.
Nevertheless, a Lichte stalking horse campaign could be of value to Franks.
His pawn could be the source of criticism of Reick, leaving Franks’ hands relative clean.
The Google photo you see below, however, makes the connection of Lichte to Franks picture perfect.
Here’s is a closer look at the two signs:
The Franks sign is readable; the other isn’t.
It is Franks’ sign favoring passage of electing the McHenry County Board in an at-large election.
A clearer view of it is below: