I go to parades to see what candidates show up. And which ones don’t.
Last year, for instance, before Congressman Joe Walsh decided not to run where he lived, but, instead, run in a newly-gerrymandered 8th District which contains none of McHenry County, Walsh worked the parade and his prospective primary opponent Randy Hutlgren did not.
At Marengo’s Settlers Day Parade there were lots of fire engines and rescue vehicles, but not a lot of candidates.
One who would have been up front right after the fire engines was a no show.
That was Undersheriff Andy Zinke, one of three candidates for Sheriff in 2014, with his taxpayer-financed sign for the side of departmental vehicle.
Instead a female officer was riding in a community relations vehicle with Keith Nygren’s name on its side. (There was also a motor cycle rider with
Then, Jack showed up.
Not Jack Franks…not yet anyway.
The first Jack and the one drawing most attention, it seemed to me, was Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean fame. The impersonator is really good.
The first Jack came right after the Marengo High School Band.
The contingent for the second, but hometown Jack came next led by the BAC JACK license plated Cadillac convertible Franks drives.
Supporters were passing out candy, but what caught my attention was the sheets of paper other were distributing, not just to the folks standing or sitting in front of the crowd, but the more casual spectators back along the sidewalks.
Then, along came Jack.
Not the pirate, but the lawyer-politician.
Even after the trailing edge of the Franks entry passed, volunteers were offering the flyer to people at the edges of the crowd.
So, what did the Democrat’s campaign piece say?
Take a look below:
The message on the front of the flyer is the same as on the yard signs that popped up on highway shoulders and in yards of Jack Franks supporters last weekend.
But missing is the
Paid for by McHenry County Republicans for Lower Taxes
Guess that front group doesn’t exist or has gone into hiding.
On the back of Franks’ “Republican” yard sign replication is a pitch for support of the County Executive Franks gathered signatures for.
If passed, Franks argues…
Yes, the broadside admits that it is “Paid for by Supporters of Jack Franks,” the State Representative’s Political Action Committee…Anyway, he argues…
- Lower property taxes with the government spending less
- Direct accountability to the voters
- A popularly elected County Executive
- Read checks and balances
- A more transparent government
- An accountable County Board
- STOPPING 21-straight years of increase property taxes especially at a time when housing values have dropped 40%
Franks next compares Will County taxes with those levied by the McHenry County Board.
He provides per capita taxes from 2005 through 2011, pointing out that Will county has had a popularly elected County Executive since 1989.
Following the Franks contingent was a dog dresses as a shark.
Whether having a pirate in front of Jack Franks and a shark-costumed dog behind has any significance, I don’t know.