From “Former Quigley Supporter:”
14th Congressional District 6/17/19 — Oswego PrairieFest Parade Incident
Yesterday at the PrairieFest in Oswego, an incident took place which impacted Congressional Candidate James Marter, whose campaign used PrairieFest as its formal kickoff after his May 30 announcement.
Democratic Congresswoman Lauren Underwood participated in Oswego yesterday, along with Marter and volunteers for Jim Oberweis.
If the other 14th district Republican candidates participated, their social media sites say nothing.
Here is a Facebook post Mr. Marter shared yesterday after the parade, and brings up the incident:
Marter for Congress
18 hrs ·
Today the Kendall Republicans had a great day at The Village of Oswego’s Prairie Fest Parade, on Father’s Day. We thank all the support we received along the way, from the wonderful people in the Village, and the weather was great! For all it was a festive day!
However, something was brought to our attention that occurred before the parade in the staging area when the Kendall County Democratic party float went by, they were cheering and waving, and we did the same, all in good fun and friendly for the most part.
Congresswoman Lauren Underwood was on the float, and as she went by, she said hi to me and I said hi to her as I was waving hello to her.
Except we had one volunteer walker who made an inappropriate gesture to the float, unbeknownst to me or anyone else with the Republican Party of Kendall County.
We received a call from a Kendall County Democratic board member and thanked them for bringing this to our attention.
As the immediate former Chairman and I spoke with the current Chairman, we both apologize to the Kendall County Democratic party for this person’s bad behavior, and we will no longer be affiliated with the person, who is not a precinct committeeman.
In the heated environment in politics these days, we cannot tolerate this type of behavior on either side and I regret it happened before the event.
Sincerely – James Marter
Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s campaign Twitter account sent out a thread of tweets about the incident, which is pasted together for ease of reading:
Today, while walking alongside volunteers, my family and my community in this year’s PrairieFest Parade, someone gave a Nazi salute and shouted hate speech at us.
I want to be very clear: hate has absolutely no place here. PrairieFest has been a family friendly, fun and welcoming event in Oswego for many years and we refuse to let this action define us.
We are a community that embraces one another and values civility and tolerance and I am proud to represent it as your Congresswoman. We will not be silent in the face of hate — and I hope that you will stand with me against it.
While the congresswoman’s campaign did not name either James Marter or the Kendall County Republicans in her campaign’s tweets, others did, as documented in this news story from WSPY:
Regrettably, both sides (Democrats and Republicans) are trying to politicize yesterday’s disgusting incident.
Read some of the comments to Marter’s campaign Facebook post, which his campaign is having to control and filter.
It’s also very good to see several bipartisan comments supporting how Marter handled the incident.
What that individual did yesterday goes beyond an overzealous supporter.
There are fringe elements in any political movement, and yesterday, one of those fringe elements went too far and acted out, and did it while representing James Marter.
I went back into the archives here and found the following a vulgar incident of a hand gesture from the Independence Day parade in Crystal Lake in 2013, and the person doing the incident there stated “…I was apparently holding the roof of a vehicle with my middle finger instead of all my fingers” (http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2013/07/10/do-pictures-lie-zinke-victimized-by-a-local-blogger-you-decide).
I am sure 99.9% of people have come a long way from that kind of lack of self-awareness.
Unfortunately, one of the 0.1% reared its ugly head yesterday in Oswego.