A press release from Republican McHenry County State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally:
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR STATE’S ATTORNEY SUING ELDERLY WOMEN FOR REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE
PATRICK KENNEALLY EXPRESSES NEED FOR EXERCIZING FREE SPEECH
Prosecutor and Republican candidate for McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally today called on his Democratic opponent Jim Harrison to drop a lawsuit against a local senior citizen that wrote a letter to the editor opposing his candidacy.
“This meritless lawsuit appears to be nothing more than retaliation and harassment of the elderly women for speaking out against him,” Kenneally said. The consequence of the lawsuit is that others will now be too scared to express their political opinions publicly.”
The meritless lawsuit arises out of the senior citizen’s letter to the Northwest Herald pointing out Jim Harrison’s complete lack of experience as a criminal prosecutor and his significant campaign donations to former State’s Attorney Gary Pack.
Mr. Pack’s administration paid Democrat Harrison nearly $3 million of taxpayer money to act as outside legal counsel for the County.
After unsuccessfully running for Sheriff as a Republican (and then changing his mind and running as an Independent), it is strange that Democrat Harrison would decide to pursue another political position if he is so thin-skinned.
Politicians face criticism.
Critics should be engaged, not sued.
Free speech should be embraced, not litigated.
Suing a member of the community for something as trivial as a letter to the editor is shameful.
“The State’s Attorney is afforded an enormous amount of power under the law, and exercising this power with discretion and restraint is essential to doing the job,” Kenneally said.
“Democrat Harrison using the litigation in what appears to be an attempt to settle political scores is very troublesome.”
While Democrat Harrison may not like it, the fact that he has never prosecuted a single criminal case, his game of political party musical chairs, and relationship with Gary Pack that netted him millions in taxpayer money are going to be issues in this campaign.
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Below is Harrison’s suit:
There is another page, but it is just a copy of the letter from the print edition of the Northwest Herald.