So the following article is based upon a false premise:
Is Jack Franks Ready to Roll the Dice for Secretary of State?
In 2009, when Pat Quinn was running for election as Governor after being elevated when Rod Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office, State Rep. Jack Franks gathered hundreds of thousands of dollars right before the June 30th campaign finance reporting deadline.
That dipped down to about $500,000, but with campaign contribution limits having been imposed the huge contributions Franks gathered in 2009, make $500,000 big money. (A 2011 rack-up showed Franks had more than about three other potential statewide candidates.)
Now, with Secretary of State Jesse White announcing he will not run for re-election in 2018, it’s Franks’ big chance get an office where he will be able to appoint more than two patronage employees. (And he wouldn’t have to intimidate a County Administrator.)
Franks may have gotten a head start on rivals at the annual Franks’ Canadian fishing trip with Democratic Party biggies like Ed Burke and White.
How would he do in McHenry County?
When discussing a possible Franks’ Secretary of State candidacy with a Republican Precinct Committeeman, I asked, “Would you vote for him?”
The answer: “In a minute.”
That reminded me of what I was told of the McHenry County Superintendent of Schools. He had been School Superintendent in Harvard.
The Harvard folks voted for him to get him out of Harvard.