6th District Congressman Peter Roskam was the highest Republican Party official to speak to the Algonquin Township Republican Party luncheon at D’Andrea’s Saturday.
He did what I enjoy most from a congressman.
He provided insight into what he does while on duty.
Roskam explained the Benghazi hearings during which he interrogated former U.S. State Department Secretary Hillary Clinton.
When Clinton denied that Ambassador Chris Stevens, whom she had personally recruited for the job, had requested more security, Roskam said he held up copies of four official memos from Stevens to Clinton.
Roskam noted that the mainstream media did not think that interchange newsworthy.
That, among other reasons, is why Roskam has deemed Clinton morally unfit to be President and is supporting Donald Trump.
He also told of a trip to China.
He told of China’s being overextended in the South China Sea.
Roskam’s conclusion about China:
“We’ve got problems. China has troubles.”
Appointed to fill out the second term of State Senator Dan Duffy was Dan McConchie.
McConchie told of receiving a phone call from Duffy the day after the election informing McConchie that he was leaving office before the end of his term.
McConchie, who won the Republican Primary Election, was appointed as Duffy’s replacement.
McConchie, in a wheel chair because of a motorcycle accident, is seated in the front of the Senate chamber where Democratic Party State Senators have to pass to get to their offices.
He revealed that many have stopped by to chat and tell him that they are fed up with House Speaker Mike Madigan’s running the show for both chambers.
State Rep. David McSweeney gave a stemwinding speech, as usual.
He emphasized that Republicans must pick up strength in the November election in order to break the stanglehold the Democrats have on state government.
After he was finished, he shook every hand in the room, as is his customary practice.
Algonquin Township Republican Party Chairman Andrew Gasser was the Master of Ceremonies.
After the three public officials spoke, Gasser gave a brief history lesson about revolutionary fathers and a mother.
Their names surfaced in the invitation to the luncheon:
- Wentworth Cheswell was a New Hampshire Revolutionary leader. One-four black, he was one of the people who rode with Paul Revere. Gasser said he brought troops from the north who flanked the British soldiers in a battle that is still taught American soldiers.
- Rebecca Motte was a rich plantation owner who had a large house on the hill above Charleston, S.C. The British commandeered her home as their headquarters. She provided arrows to start her home on fire. After the British fled, the first was put out and she served the Revolutionaries dinner.
- Charles Carroll lived to be the oldest person to have signed the Declaration of Independence. He was perhaps the richest man in Maryland and signed the Declaration as “Charles Carroll of Carollton,” so King George would know which Carroll he was. He also was the only Catholic to sign the Declaration.
- Roger Sherman was the only person to sign all four Revolutionary documents of the U.S., the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.
Before the Algonquin Township Republican Party luncheon began, folks caught up on things.
Another pre-luncheon photograph:
Fox River Grove Trustee Tom Anderson led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Sanchez-Fischer gave the invocation.
After the event, folks gathered in front for a group photo. 48 people attended, but some of them probably left early.
Among the elected officials and candidates in attendance were Fox River Grove Trustee Tom Anderson, Cary Village Trustee Kim Covelli, McHenry County Board members Mike Walkup, Andrew Gasser, Chuck Wheeler, Chris Christensen, State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally, Recorder of Deeds candidate Joe Tirio, McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Wallkup, Algonquin Township Clerk Chuck Lutzow, Algonquin Township Trustees Dan Shea and Melissa Sanchez-Fischer, County Board candidates Tom Wilbeck and Chris Christensen.