The goal of the no-name pop-up committee called is, quite simply, to destroy Steve Reick as an effective opponent against a cowering incumbent State Representative named Jack Franks.
Franks, just two years from maxing out his legislative pension, is the only beneficiary to a series of hit pieces financed by the Political Action Committee of the Illinois Education Association–the larges teachers’ union in the state.
The original goal of the Democrats was to pave the way for Franks to have no one campaigning against him this fall.
They put up a guy named Jeffrey Lichte, who, from all available evidence, has been a strong supporter of Franks.
Think writing letters to the editor for years, having his name on Franks’ fundraising committee’s “Host Committee” and having Franks’ yard signs in his front and neighbors’ yards.
The first negative mailing came the Tuesday before the Republican Primary Election.
The second one came a day later from the so-called “Government for the People” committee.
Now come three more hit pieces, which you can see below:
All of the hit pieces have a common theme.
From 3-6 Sunday afternoon the McHenry Township Republican Central Committee is holding a Meet & Greet and Candidates’ Forum at the Johnsburg Community Club right across from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
The corn beef and cabbage affair costs only $5 and Reick will be one of the major speakers.
Reick replies in a post on his blog.
Here is part of it:
“Here’s where I’m going with all of this.
“If I were an IEA member, or for that matter a member of any public sector union, I’d be more concerned about the bills that Jack Franks is running up down in Springfield.
“While my failure to pay bills on time hurt no one but me and my family, Jack’s responsible for running up over $100 billion in debt that you’re going to have to pay for.
“In 2005 he voted to not fund Illinois’ five pension plans, and we’ll be paying that off for years to come.
“As an extra added bonus, his failure to fund the plans (and don’t think it wasn’t him, that bill passed by only 2 votes) makes it much more likely that those same people funding hit pieces on me will see their pensions dry up and blow away.
“You can thank Jack Franks for that. His phone number is (815) 334-0063.
“I’m not going to run away from my past, the financial setbacks I’ve had make me a lot more like many of you out there than Jack Franks ever will be.
“You see, I wasn’t given a partnership in my daddy’s law firm on the day I was born.
“I’ve had to work for a living, and sometimes things just didn’t work out.
“But those things happened years ago, and my financial problems weren’t nearly as dire as the flyers make them seem.
“All my bills are paid.
“Can you say the same for the bills that Jack Franks has piled upon you?”