Peggy Hubbard refused to accept result of primary now labelled “Sour Grapes” by Mark Shaw
The neighboring Dundee Township (Kane County) Republican Organization (DTRO) included the following letter from Illinois Republican Party Co-Chair Mark Shaw publicly rebuking defeated U.S. Senate runner-up Peggy Hubbard that was issued prior to the Labor Day weekend.
The letter was found posted on the DTRO’s Facebook page.
Former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran won the U.S. Senate nomination back in March with a plurality of 42% of the Republican primary vote. Hubbard came in a distant 2nd at 23%, and the other three candidates much further back.
Apparently, according to Shaw’s letter, Hubbard has been posting some disparaging social media posts of Curran and the state party, which the state party had little choice but to address.
Shaw’s letter is issued under his Lake County Republican Party Chairman letterhead, where he also serves as chair, as well as 10th congressional district Republican state central committeeperson.
Curran is in the 5-way U.S. Senate General Election as the Republican nominee challenging 4-term U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D, Minority Whip), Independent Dr. Willie Wilson, Libertarian Danny Malouf of Woodstock, and Green Party David Black. Thus far, only Curran and Wilson are seen as potential serious challengers to Durbin.
COMMENTARY: While I have not seen these Hubbard social media posts, McHenry County Blog received emails about a year ago from conservative activists revealing Hubbard’s Democratic primary voting history from the Barack Obama years, the product of a review of her voting history in her downstate county.
While pulling a Democrat ballot is, by itself, not disqualifying from running in a Republican primary or speaking out on conservative issues (Curran himself was first elected Lake County sheriff as a Democrat in 2006 before switching parties and winning reelection twice as a Republican), it does give a reason why candidates must be vetted thoroughly so primary voters can cast informed votes.
The U.S. Senate Republican primary consisted of Curran, Hubbard, newcomer Dr. Tom Tarter, and gadfly candidates Dr. Robert Marshall and Casey Chlebek.
In the 14th congressional district Republican primary, McHenry County Blog readers will recall the increased scrutiny both newcomers Ted Gradel and Catalina Lauf received from established Republicans. While Jerry Evans and Anthony Catella were also newcomers, their campaigns did not go anywhere.
Though Lauf and Gradel finished 3rd and 4th place respectively, Lauf had traction with social media followers and McHenry County voters and Gradel had traction with donors. In the end, voters did not get to know Gradel enough, and Lauf was judged to be too young and lacking significant life experiences to be elevated to congressional nominee at the age of 26.
IL-14 primary voters nominated Jim Oberweis with a plurality of 26% of the primary vote. Very quickly, 5 of his 6 defeated primary opponents openly endorsed Oberweis for the fall. Lauf did not endorse Oberweis openly until July 22, 4 months after the primary, but her support of Oberweis has been seen as tepid at best, but could improve now that it’s after Labor Day.
While it took a protracted amount of time for Lauf to endorse Oberweis, she did do the right thing while Hubbard has actively and openly worked against Curran and Illinois Republicans.