And Skillicorn minimizes the clear evidence he is in the wrong
Early Saturday afternoon, McHenry County Board Member Carolyn Schofield, who is challenging State Representative Allen Skillicorn in the Republican primary for the 66th representative district, issued the following Facebook meme:
In addition to the Harvard Milk Days schedule attached to the Facebook post, Skillicorn himself tweeted for his volunteers to assemble in Harvard at 12:30PM:
When the ethics complaint was filed with the legislative inspector general earlier this week, State Senator Don DeWitte tweeted the following, including the tweet published on Wednesday as a screenshot. DeWitte’s statement was not included, but is included here for reference:
So, thinking Skillicorn was going to do the right thing and clear this up, I defended him in Twitter:
But in Thursday’s POLITICO Illinois Playbook morning newsletter, Skillicorn said the following:
What Skillicorn told POLITICO was a deceptive half-truth. No one disputes he was in Springfield on June 1st, it’s WHEN he was in Springfield and the discrepancy with the voting record.
Skillicorn was clearly acting like a congressional candidate (per his tweet) in the early afternoon of the 1st of June and the photo evidence in Schofield’s Facebook post, but from 12:11PM until he arrived on the House floor, votes were being recorded in his name when he was nowhere near the Capitol or in Springfield.
So if I understand clearly what Skillicorn told POLITICO, the House record is accurate during those early afternoon votes when he was in Harvard and in transit because he was in Springfield by late afternoon on Saturday?!?
Even though he was on the other side of the state in Harvard when the first votes, including a quorum call, were taken and he was nowhere near Springfield let alone in the Capitol?
COMMENTARY: State Representative Allen Skillicorn just do the right thing.
For now, let’s see what the legislative inspector general does with the complaint.
POLITICO Illinois Playbook link for 1/16/20: