I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but I’m not big on covering family problems.
I don’t cover divorces (with the exception of the one that ended up on the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times.)
I didn’t cover the three bankruptcies of elected county officials.
I don’t cover marital disputes.
One of the later was turned into a major story by the Northwest Herald when McHenry County State’s Attorney candidate Dan Regna supplied a Barrington Police Report of a domestic dispute his opponent Patrick Kenneally and his wife had five years ago. It was alcohol related and no arrests were made.
The NWH noted that McHenry County’s domestic violence organization, Turning Point, praised the work of State’s Attorney opponent Patrick Kenneally.
The only reply from the Kenneally camp was an Open Letter from his wife Colleen to Regna. It is below:
Dear Mr. Regna,
My name is Colleen Kenneally.My husband is running against you for State’s Attorney.
I am not running against you and yet you have dragged me and my family into this race.
Let me start off by saying my husband is a wonderful man and father.
Let me say further and unequivocally that he has never, ever raised his hand to me in anger and
What happened those many years ago was a married couple that had some alcohol to drink on Thanksgiving and had a loud argument.
The police left after uncovering no evidence of a crime, after I told them repeatedly that nothing happened, and without requiring me or my husband to leave the residence.
After the police left, we went to sleep. Since this incident, my husband and I have had two beautiful children, Patrick and John, and are happily married.
Patrick has not had a drop of alcohol since that evening.
Perhaps you also have also suffered low points in your multiple marriages? After all, weren’t the police called to your co-worker’s/second-wife’s house after your first-wife (who you were married to at the time) broke a window there?
I doubt you would like very much if my husband attempted to use an isolated incident like that from your past and your widely rumored marital infidelity to make blanket statements about your “character” or “integrity.”
Now that you and my husband have done your best to learn from and move on from past imperfections, hopefully we can begin discussing the actual issues of this campaign.