In a press release run nowhere but on McHenry County Blog, GOP candidate for County Board Chairman Mike Walkup called his opponent State Rep. Jack Franks “Lying” Jack Franks.
It apparently set Franks off.
The release compared the Democratic National Platform Plank that Hillary Clinton Delegate Jack Franks approved with WGN radio comments last Wednesday night about the counterproductiveness of taxing rich people.
The Democratic Platform favors such legislation, while Franks said he didn’t favor taxing the rich on WGN.
Here is Walkup’s description of what happened during an interchange with Franks at the Republican Party booth at McHenry County Fair:
This one really got under Franks’ skin.
He showed up at the GOP booth at the Fair and started excoriating me over it.
He also picked up the walk piece with the Blago letter and tried to explain it.
His father had earlier run into me and told me that Jack was hopping mad about the release.
Some of the things said:
(1) He wanted to make this about issues but now he has bought $250,000 worth of TV air time to run comparative ads.
(2) He had hoped that after he was elected Chairman and he and I could work together to change the Board but now he will direct more resources into also defeating me in my District.
(3) He has consulted with attorneys who have told him that the Chairman is not bound by the Board Rules (which eliminate the Chairman from appointing committees and chairs of committees). He plans to reduce the number of committees to around 6 (I am inferring with Chairs picked by him in derogation of the current Rules) at some unspecified time.
(4) When I offered to set up debates to discuss said issues he said he would not “share the same stage” with me because of things I might say and, besides, he was ahead of me in the polls he had conducted so there was no reason for him to debate.
[Franks refused to debate Steve Reick in the 2014 campaign. Reick cut his winning margin under 60% for the first time since his second election, when Tom Salvi almost took him out.]
I guess we won’t get to discuss issues then.
About an hour later someone showed up carrying a new black colored handbill that contained an attack on me with the same bullet points in the “Moderate” comment above.
Oh yes, and he called this release “libelous and actionable”, but maybe not until after the election.
I guess we will have that to look forward to.
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There are other examples of how Franks has been on the both sides of issues. The Northwest Herald just yesterday ran a letter to the editor from John Pletz which pointed out that Franks had said
- he was going to do three terms, but had been elected enough terms to vote Mike Madigan for Speaker nine times and
- “I can promise you, I’m not running for McHenry County Board chairman.”
Pletz said there were many more promises and wondered why “we should trust him to keep his 10 percent plan or any other plan[?]”
Pletz said his mother told him “not to listen to what a man says,” but to “watch what he does.”