As shared on McHenry County Blog on Monday, an 8chan-type of blog, calling itself “Illinois Watchdogs for Constitutional Rights”, cut & pasted a Facebook post image that was published by McHenry County Blog in February of 2018 from McHenry County Board Member Carolyn Schofield’s then-community activist Facebook page.
Schofield, who is challenging State Representative Allen Skillicorn in the March 2020 Republican primary, as Cal put it in his article on Monday was criticized by this blog through:
“…uses a guilt by association argument.
“It notes that Schofield is a member of the League of Women Voters and points to the leftwing views of that organization on guns.”McHenry County Blog, 9/16/19
And let’s be clear with discernment, the blog is no “group” despite its nice-sounding name. The blog has only been around since early April of this year, at least that’s the dates of the blog’s earliest posts. And this blog does not use names, accept the login ID for all its posts is “ILWD#1”, guess that’s short for “Illinois Watchdog #1”, and the author tab states a “steveta1983” is the one and only author.
Well, under the 1st amendment, people have freedom of speech any way they choose and not using names, but one should be wary of a source like the blog. McHenry County Blog, by contrast, has been a reputable source for local news for 14 years under Cal Skinner.
But then, Skillicorn decided to tweet about the 8-chan type blog posting about his opponent as if it were legitimate news from a reputable group, around mid-afternoon on Monday (time displayed in tweet is Pacific time):
The 8chan type blog posted two updates since its original post from Monday, which are cut and pasted below, the first on Monday afternoon after McHenry County Blog published its article, and the 2nd late Tuesday night:
ANALYSIS: Bad move on Skillicorn’s part to promote such a dubious source in his tweet for his own political gain, and the last sentence in “Update 2” above, I don’t believe the truth in that statement and doubtful any one else will believe it either.
The first “update” above tried to respond to Cal’s observation in his article from Monday. The comment cited was a response to my first comment in that article, and I do not believe it at all. Let that blog publish the names of the “contributors” who live in the 66th district and I’ll take back what I said.
But the 2nd update, from Tuesday, does mention what the rest of this article will share, and that is a Facebook conversation Schofield had about the contents of the blog’s post. The maturity and poise Schofield displayed answering questions was not perfect, but were honest, humble and sincere.
Forget, for the moment, what she said, Schofield facing some hostile questioners after a blog, which in the old days could be referred to as a “scandal sheet”, which in my honest opinion lied about her position on the 2nd amendment, and lied about her involvement in the League of Women Voters, begins to convince me, and likely others, that Schofield replacing Skillicorn may not be such a bad idea.
Since Skillicorn chose to use such a source through his Twitter account, he brought the blog into his campaign. Since his Twitter account is linked to AllenSkillicorn.com, his @AllenSkillicorn Twitter ID is part of his campaign.
Back to Schofield, in most of her Facebook exchanges on 2A, she is humble, and genuinely contrite. Contrast that to Skillicorn’s reaction to this primary challenge, both in his tone in his press releases published on McHenry County Blog on August 22 and September 11, or the tone, the condescending entitlement mentality displayed in his September 8 speech at the Dundee Township Republican Organization picnic on video, and maybe Skillicorn should take a lesson from Schofield on how to discuss issues he personally doesn’t agree with someone, and course-correct.
And speaking of Skillicorn and course-correction, he should also practice what nearly all elected officials and political candidates do when it comes to their political Facebook pages — open it to the public! You have to be logged-in to Facebook to access his campaign’s page?!? I cannot think of any other political Facebook page requiring to be logged-in to read information. That’s like, back in the days of land-line telephones, a candidate not having their phone number listed in the phone book. Hopefully, Skillicorn will allow his “Taxpayers4Skillicorn” page to be public, and no one should have to log-in to Facebook to view its contents.
Here is Schofield’s Facebook conversations which started Monday late afternoon, and go through late Tuesday night. Voters can judge for themselves where Schofield stands on the 2nd amendment. I’m still not sold on Schofield to actually vote for her since there are many other issues in this election, yet the events of this week are starting to convince me, and Skillicorn really needs to course-correct his demeanor for the 2020 campaign:
What started as a “gun free zones” continues with a rather dubious claim about bringing a gun to school. I grew up in Texas, and that was not allowed.
While Schofield’s use of the word “hate” is questionable, she explains the use later in the conversation.
Schofield switches to her personal Facebook account to continue the conversation.
An additional particpant, whose profile says he’s from Bull Valley, joins.
Another poster joins, and Schofield, who is now posting late Tuesday night back on her campaign Facebook account, is clearly being honest, and her tone has changed for understandable reasons.
This Mr. Sipla shared several articles which were excluded, and the Illinois story was the incident where a 75 year old man had to defend his property with a handgun in Lake County, shooting one of the 6 teens, who died later. The other 5 teens are charged with murder, under Illinois law.
As stated above, 66th district voters can judge for themselves where Schofield stands on the 2nd amendment, and can also see for themselves and ask why does anyone have to be dishonest about her record.