The following is reprinted from the Prairie Star Sentinel with permission. The blog is about politics. It features news and opinions with emphasis on issues facing Illinois, and extra emphasis on McHenry County.
‘Lying Jack Franks’ Chickens Out of Forum
In his typical calculating, Machiavellian pursuit of power, Jack Franks seems to be chickening out of a forum.
Northwest Herald is reporting that Jack Franks “likely will not be attending” a forum hosted by League of Women Voters.
Candidates in each race get to attend forums to answer questions, and most take the opportunity to do so.
He chickened out of a forum with Steve Reick in 2014.
I believe he (or his campaign staffers) made the political calculation that he was ahead and the forum could only hurt his chances at winning the election.
It appears that he has made the same calculation this time. (I have already written twice on Jack Franks’ sleazy political calculations.)
Franks decided to host 5 town hall meetings of his own.
Why he would not attend the forum is peculiar.
It’s as if he’s saying he will answer questions only on his own terms.
I wonder if he has been loading these town hall meetings up with his supporters to ask questions he has scripted answers for.
He broke his promise about how many terms he would serve in the Illinois House after it would no longer serve him and he could get away with it.
He broke his promise that he would not run for McHenry County Board after it would no longer serve him and he could get away with it.
All of these facts taken together create a strong case that Jack Franks likely suffers from narcissistic personality disorder. Mayo Clinic states,
“Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultraconfidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”
People I know who have encountered him in the private sector as well as people who have worked for his campaign in previous years have described him as “narcissistic” and “power hungry.”
Jack Franks could prove me wrong though by deciding to get on stage with his opponent, Mike Walkup, or at least show that he has some scheduling conflict that makes it impossible for him to attend.