While I was at Oberlin College my favorite professor was Aaron Wildavsky.
He is best known for having written “The Politics of the Budgetary Process.”
But he wrote another book about community power.
I can’t find its title, but it contained a concept that may fit Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser.
The concept was that some political players were “meteors;” they burn brightly, but then fade out.
In 2012, Gasser worked hard to elect David McSweeney State Representative against Michael Madigan-backed Independent Dee Beaubien. (Gasser had supported one of McSweeney’s primary opponents Danielle Rowe.)
Gasser was part of the coalition that wrested control of the McHenry County Republican Party from the Al Jourdan Establishment in 2014.
That same year Gasser was elected to the McHenry County Board.
He recruiting numerous candidates to run for GOP Precinct Committeeman.
He was elected Vice Chairman of the County Party, while Demetri Tsilimigras was elected Algonquin Township Central Committee Chairman, succeeding Bob and Anna May Miller’s daughter Rebecca Lee.
After Tsilmigras resigned to run for judge, Chris Yaeger took his place.
In 2016 Gasser defeated Yaeger for Township GOP Chairman.
Under his leadership, the Algonquin GOP passed a resolution opposing nepotism.
It also raised money
Then he led the charge to remove Anna May Miller from the McHenry County Board.
By knocking on hundreds, maybe thousands of doors in several election cycles, Miller lost her County Board slot.
Gasser then took on Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller and bested him by 143 votes.
The victory was so significant that it merited a Chicago Tribune front page story.
Gasser then resigned his County Board post.
Upon taking office as Road Commissioner he immediately took on Local 150 of the Operating Engineers.
Miller, the man he beat, had signed a 5-year contract with the union before he left office.
Gasser sent out the following email:
Effective immediately I am resigning as chairman of the Algonquin Township Republican Party and also as a Republican Precinct Committeeman.
Gasser remains as Road Commissioner.