That’s what I heard Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady say on WBBM radio the Monday after the State Convention in Tinley Park.
I went searching for the exact words on Chicago News 780, but couldn’t find it.
Even so, that message is consistent that given last Saturday by Brady. See “Auditioning at the State Convention to be Illinois’ Scott Walker.”
Brady pointed out that 5,000 more votes placed strategically in districts Republican House members barely lost would have flipped control of the Illinois House to the GOP.
Instead of Mike Madigan’s being House Speaker for the umpty-umpth time, Tom Cross would have presumably have been elected.
Cross is six seats short and surely has targeted them in 2014.
Madigan, of course, knows this and knows that he might lose some.
Reports that his people are helping Dee Beaubien gather signatures for her announced Independent candidacy surfaced on Jon Zahm’s “Dee Beaubien is too Liberal for the 52nd District. Don’t elect Dee Liberal” blog.
In an article entitled, “Dee Beaubien- Auditioning for Madigan’s Caucus,” Zahm reports the Madigan assistance.
Obviously still disturbing me is the McHenry County Republican Party’s deliberate abdication of its responsibility to field a candidate against Democrat Jack Franks.
The McHenry County Republican Party has foregone the long shot opportunity to provide another vote for Tom Cross in his effort to unseat Democrat Mike Madigan.
Three times out of the last four elections.
The 63rd District is a Republican district for all candidates except Jack Franks.
He has worked is assiduously, co-opting many Republicans.
In fact, he makes it a practice to call any new Republican face to make “nice-nice.”
Franks has numerous Republicans on the “Host Committee” of his McHenry County (as opposed to Chicago).
However slim the odds might be to take out Franks, however, having a Republican candidate on the fall ballot is better than putting up no one.
Two Republican County Chairman in a row–Bill LeFew and Mike Tryon–have adopted the same white flag approach.
One even attended a Jack Franks’ fund raiser!
When asked if he wanted to say a few words, took the opportunity to say some nice things about Franks.
Perhaps my idea of what a party is supposed to do is skewed.
Maybe the Chicago Tribune’s John Kass has it right when he writes of “The Combine,” a bi-partisan group of politicians and their supporters who cooperate in order to enrich themselves.
I had thought Kass limited his labeling to the Party in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois.
To the best of my knowledge, Kass has never applied the concept to McHenry County politics.
But, then again, he has never written an article about McHenry County political arena.