Today, Joe spoke in front of the Elgin League of Women Voters. The event was meant to be a debate in which the community could gain a better understanding of where the candidates for the 8th Congressional district stand on the issues our nation faces.
Here is what Joe had to say this afternoon in Elgin – Tammy Duckworth Declines to Debate Joe Walsh
Because Tammy chose not to participate, the League enacted their “Empty Chair” policy. Subsequently, Joe was allowed just two minutes to speak.
This was 1 of 12 debate invitations that Tammy Duckworth has declined to date.
This election will decide the path our nation takes for the next four years.
Because of the significance of this election, voters deserve to hear what the candidates plan to do to fix our nation’s stagnant economy and get Americans back to work.
Unfortunately, the community is not hearing what Tammy Duckworth has planned. We know that she plans to “roll up her sleeves”, but what she will do after that remains to be heard or seen.
Have a great evening,
The Walsh for Congress Team
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Candidates’ nights for McHenry County Board aspirants have been scheduled by the McHenry County League of Women Voters, the Crystal Lake Chapter of the American Association of University Women and the Crystal Lake Jaycees.
The first, for Districts 1, 2 and 3 will be held on Wednesday, September 26th at 6 PM at McHenry County College’s Conference Center.
The second, for Districts 4, 5 & 6 will be held on Thursday, September 27th, same time, same place.
One minute for opening and closing statements.
Questions from the audience will be screened for “clarity and appropriateness and to avoid duplication,” according to Voters Service Chairman Susan Fugleberg.
League of Women Voters Illinois Executive Director Jan Czarnik is quoted in the Daily Herald today as saying she and Grayslake 8th Congressional District forum moderator Kathy Tate-Bradish’ have received death threats.
What probably triggered the entirely inappropriate response of the Leagues format of the event, which featured
- Republican Joe Walsh,
- Democrat Melissa Bean and
- Green Party member Bill Scheurer,
was Czarnik’s labeling Air Force Veteran Joe Ptak’s request that the program begin with the Pledge of Allegiance as “phony patriotism.”
It is unknown whether Czarnik has served her country in the Armed Forces.
“When we host a political forum, we are scrupulously fair to each party,” Tate-Bradish, a strong supporter of President Barack Obama, told the Daily Herald.
For how Glenn Beck fanned the flames, click here.
An Island Lake immigrant Air Force Reserve Veteran name Joe Ptak started the trend in the 8th District Congressional.
News coming out of Pittsburgh says another League moderator told an audience that they were not going to say the Pledge and the audience overruled the chair, just at it did in Grayslake.
I don’t know if this is an indication that Melissa Bean’s campaign for re-election to her 8th Congressional District seat is in trouble or that a League of Women Voter member is really angry about the negative publicity engendered on the Glenn Beck show fed by a video from a cell phone that was forbidden by rules at the Grayslake event.
Melissa Bean supporter “LCTruth” posted the following comment on the Glenn Beck YouTube article. It threatens a suit against the Joe Walsh for Congress campaign.
I thought you might want to read it, even if you don’t always read comments, so here it is:
“One hellava lawsuit coming to the Walsh Campaign for the video violation. The issue is not the Pledge, which no one finds fault with, it is the fact that Walsh and morseo his supporters feel they are above the rules.
“Walsh had the format three weeks prior to the debate.
“If the Pledge was SO important to him then he should have demanded it be added to the format.
“He did not, but insiders say he was behind this outburst.
“Throughout the campaign, there is one thing that is ever so clear to people that witness his band of merry-men and women, they like to break the rules, disrespect those that have a different view.
“Well in just over 120 hours, the voters of the 8th will send a clear message, we are not taking the country BACKwards…we are moving forward.”
I presume the threat has something to do with the negative publicity that the League of Women Voters got from this Glenn Beck video:
The McHenry County League was more open to voter education than the Lake County League.
You can see that from the video camera in the McHenry County College Conference Center in which its candidates’ forum was held.
One can only wonder why the Lake County League imposed its regulations.
Thought some might be interested in Glenn Beck’s take on the Grayslake League of Women Voters debate for the 8th Congressional District.
It got Republican Joe Walsh some national publicity.
By the zingers that flew between McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren and his Democratic opponent Mike Mahon, you could be excused for thinking there was a real contest going on.
In the last debate, the one in which the incumbent said the biggest problem was traffic while Mahon said it was heroin, Nygren hardly engaged Mahon.
Not so this time.
After Mahon reminded people he’d “walk in and save the taxpayers $1 million,” he cited the Deputy Chief of the jail.
“Why do we have a deputy chief, taking a vehicle home. It’s a waste, another crony job.”
Green Party candidate Gus Philpott provided a buffer this time. He said, “I’d probably spent all of it. If I can trim expenditures, I will. Have to look.”
Then, Nygren took a shot:
“You’re a Deputy Chief (of the Cook County Jail with 10,000 inmates). Why don’t they cut your job and save big money?
“Your solution is to fire people.”
Nygren said he wouldn’t do that.
He again said he would bring more revenue, rather than getting rid of people
There was applause from the Sheriff’s supporters such that the moderator admonished,
“I would ask that you restrain yourselves.”
In discussions about the $61 million that Nygren has said renting out the jail has brought into the county, Nygren never answered the question of what the net revenue was, even though the question was asked directly.
Twice Mahon pointed out that Nygren had not answered the question.
“We haven’t seen it broken down. What does does it cost?” Mahon asked.
“How much is it really bring in, Sheriff? You’re just not clear on that. That’s just your being a politician.”
“What happens if the Feds move the detainees to Thomson?” Philpott added.
In discussing training prisoners for work in the outside world, Nygren went off topic to point out that the Crystal Lake Police Department had announced Halloween trick or treating hours on the Nixle system. Mahon had criticized Nygren for using this community alert system to send out his press release about the food training program that is scheduled to start the day before the election.
One of Nygren’s supporters undoubtedly put in the question asking if any of the candidates had been arrested. It was the same one that Brent Smith repeatedly asked at the McHenry County Fair in front of Sally Wiggins’ tent.
“Have you ever been arrested for anything?”
Mahon said he had been arrested for drunken driving 19 years ago.
“It was the best thing that ever happened to my life.
“In 19 years, I haven’t picked a drink. I pleaded ‘No Contest.’”
Philpott revealed he had been stopped for a broken headlight ten minutes after it went out by a Woodstock policeman.
He said that he had heard that there was a $100 bounty “out on me.” The first officer was writing him a warning ticket when a second one came up and told him to issue a ticket.
“Two and a half years later, he told me he wrote the ticket because he had been told to write it.”
Nygren said he had never been arrested.
A shot across Nygren’s bow came twice about Nygren’s spending a lot of time out of the office.
When asked about community outreach, Mahon said he would “get rid of cronyism.”
“I’ll be at work everyday,” he emphasized.
Talking about the most important accomplishment or goal, Mahon added, “I’ll put my hours on the web site.”
In his concluding remarks, he repeated the theme,
“I also think it’s very important for the Sheriff to spend time here. I don’t believe he spends the quality amount of time in McHenry County he should.”
Nygren bragged about his “professionalization of the Sheriff’s Department.”
And his experience:
“I handled dog calls. I’ve handled homicides. Each time I’ve been promoted, I’ve learned,”
said the former Crystal Lake Police Chief.
Philpott said he would strive for openness. He complained about not being able to get information about McHenry County Crime Stoppers, whose calls are answered by Sheriff’s Department dispatchers.
He showed his sense of humor by pointing out that he was “guaranteed to come in no worse than third.”
He also said he would drive his own car, a 1999 Volkswagen, to work.
“I’m not going to ask the county taxpayers to pay for my gas,” he added.
Mahon taunted Nygren for having had the Chicago Tribune endorsement in the primary election.
“But he lost it (for the November election).”
Asked about community involvement, Mahon had an interesting answer.
“I have four children. I work 16 hours a day to support my family.
‘I’m not very involved with my community.
“I’m very involved with drug abuse.”
Philpott spoke of his involvement in special education and mental health.
Nygren was proud of his work with the Shop with a Cop program, which buys needy kids toys for Christmas.
Asked about red light cameras, Philpott’s response was, “I’m absolutely in favor of red light cameras,” explaining that many people “scoot through on a yellow light. The habit needs to change.”
Mahon said it was a legislative issue, but pointed out that vehicles were being rear ended because of stopping too fast.
Speaking last on the issue, Nygren came out flatly against them.
“I won’t hedge on the question. I’m absolutely against them.”
Outside the auditorium was judicial candidate Gordon Graham and State Rep. candidate Robert Kaempfe.
After the bruhaha that occurred after the Lake County League of Women Voters was forced to withstand an audience member-initiated Pledge of Allegiance, the McHenry County affiliate started its program with the Pledge. (Here’s what she said afterward.)
It wasn’t on the agenda, but the group was savy enough to allow it.
Maybe some local members watched Glenn Beck’s comments this afternoon on the Lake County League’s attempt to ignore the unifying
The video McHenry County Blog posted when only 304 had seen it on YouTube have now been watched by 36,233 people.
If you missed it, you can see it below:
The candidates for Sheriff were on the stage went the Pledge was given.
While it will be interesting to listen to the three Sheriff’s and two Clerk’s candidates debate tonight at 7 at McHenry County College’s Conference Center, most media types will probably be watching whether sponsor McHenry County League of Women Voters will be start the proceedings with the Pledge of Allegiance.
I’ve been giving this some thought and concluded that in times of heightened disagreement, such as right before an election, the Pledge should be welcomed for its unifying effect.
We all are, after all,
“One nation, under God”
My guess is that the McHenry County League of Women Voters will be more savy than their Lake County colleagues and lead off with the Pledge.
The League is not sponsoring a candidate’s night for state representative, even though both races are contested. The group has done so in the past. Every time I ran, I think.
Here’s what he wrote:
My name is Joe Ptak and I live in Island Lake, Illinois.
I attended the Joe Walsh-Melissa Bean “forum” and I WAS THE INDIVIDUAL who stood up and wanted to know why the pledge of allegiance was not going to be recited…I thought it might have been an oversight.
I was flabbergasted and stunned to hear the LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS moderator say to me, and the audience, that it was never part of their program at these events and will not allowed.
Please keep in mind that this “forum” was organized in Grayslake High School for the benefit of the students, who were asking the questions. Furthermore, there were numerous students present (gaining extra credit) as well as 350 adults and media who packed the auditorium.
I served in the USAFR’s for ten (10) years and there were many veterans in attendance.
I was so proud when the audience rose up one by one, then in mass to recite the pledge of allegiance with loud and heavy emphasis on the words LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
The moderator then had the gall to admonish the audience and for “disrespecting her”…my wife told me if that woman did not shut up she was going to get her “Brooklyn up” (being from NY).
I happen to be an Hispanic immigrant from Peru, South America, who was brought to this great country by my parents, along with three other siblings in 1960, when I was eight years old.
I was raised in Chicago, have seen, and experienced a lot in this world.
People are literary dying each day for just the OPPORTUNITY to live in this great land I call my home.
There are ignorant people in this land who do not have the slightest idea, nor understand, what it means to be an AMERICAN.Our Liberty, Freedom of Speech and the Press are never guaranteed and we must always fight to maintain them.
I think our students in attendance witnessed that first hand and gained a lot of extra credit for themselves.
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And 50 years ago commedian Red Skelton gave this monologue on the Pledge of Allegiance.