Arriving on the shortest day of the year is the following hit piece on McHenry County Judicial candidate Mary McClellan:
McClellan Campaigning with Taxpayer Funds
Imagine if your taxpayer dollars went to support an elected official’s campaign.
It looks like it is happening with Mary McClellan.
It appears that Mary McClellan has taken the power of incumbency to a whole new level.
In October of 2017, Mary McClellan used her position as County Clerk to put out a taxpayer-funded newsletter in which she highlighted her campaign.
Not only did she include photos of her campaigning at a parade, but you can see in the photo on the right her promoting her candidacy for judge. Let’s not overlook the taxpayer’s time and money it cost to design this newsletter to help promote her campaign. This would require the use of taxpayer-paid county staff, vendors, and printers. Where does the madness end, if an elected official can use campaign-style materials and pay for them at the expense of the taxpayer?
Unfortunately, the above is not the only example of Mary McClellan using taxpayer funds in a questionable manner. She has been using taxpayer funds to promote herself in the Northwest Herald, weekly in the print edition and continually online. Below is a copy of the digital advertisement.
Please notice this advertisement does not offer a specific service or benefit to the public. It is an advertisement promoting herself while she is running a campaign.
These advertisements are styled the same way as any other campaign advertisement, with McClellan’s photo and name featured prominently. The intention is to raise the profile of the candidate, increase name identification, and promote the candidate. It’s hard to see any public benefit here except for Mary McClellan, and you are paying for it.
As you may know, Mary McClellan is running for judge. A judge must have a strong moral compass and be beyond reproach. The American judicial system must be impartial and just. Even the appearance of violating one of those would ruin society’s belief in the judicial system.
There is a saying that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Well, if Mary McClellan’s past behavior is any predictor of her future behavior, than McHenry County voters should think twice before voting for her to be a judge.