Back in the 1990’s Rita Mullins, with the help of her pro-abortion friends, attacked my friend State Rep. Bernie Pedersen for being “anti-family.”
I knew Bernie well and watched what he did in the legislature.
That charge enraged me.
When I couldn’t stand the injustice any more I produced a campaign mailing headlined,
“Why Does Rita Mullins Lie?”
Even though I knew that calling someone a liar in the political arena, especially a woman (women aren’t expected to lie, right?) might backfire.
I told Bernie I was making a mailing on his behalf, but that I wouldn’t show it to him.
He was such a gentleman, he probably would have tried to forbid me from mailing it that Saturday before the election.
What the mailing did, positive or negative, there’s no way to know.
But Bernie won the primary election.
(If you are interested in its content, click here. Actually, the strategy of the left hasn’t changed that much in twenty years.)
At the McHenry County Board candidates’ forum (see “Waltmire Attacks Hammerand at League Forum“), District 4 Democrat Arne Waltmire, reading his opening statement and hardly ever looking at the audience, made a verifiable false statement.
He charged incumbent Republican John Hammerand with voting to raise room rates at the County’s nursing home, Valley Hi.
Hammerand spoke next and loudly called Waltmire out:
“[His] allegations are lies!”
“I voted against increasing fees at Valley Hi.
“I believe I was the only ones who did…
“It’s a lie!”
Hammerand told me later that Waltmire made the same false charge at the candidates’ meeting with the Northwest Herald’s Editorial Board.
After my article was posted, Hammerand offered evidence of Waltmire’s lie in a comment below the article.
It came from the minutes of the Public Health Committee:
Unapproved Minutes – Public Health & Human Services September 24, 2014(Excerpt)
McHenry County Page 2 Updated 10/6/2014 3:33 PM
1. Resolution Authorizing Increasing the Daily Resident Room Rates at Valley Hi Nursing Home Effective January 1, 2015 [Emphasis added.]
Mr. Hammerand questioned if there is a Medicaid wait list for Valley Hi?
Mr. Annarella stated there is a wait list for Valley Hi.
Mr. Hammerand then questioned if the county offsets the costs for the Medicaid residents?
He was informed Valley Hi never receives back from Medicaid the dollar for dollar cost of the service provided.
Mr. Hammerand voiced concern as Valley Hi is supposed to be used for indigent care.
He reminded the committee members that this home was originally created as the poor farm and not luxury accommodations for private paying people.
He stated he does not believe the private pay people should be provided a larger room and if they want the luxury of larger rooms they should go to a private nursing home.
Chairman Kurtz agreed and stated she has voiced the same concerns.
Ms. McCann called the question.
RESULT: RECOMMENDED [4 TO 1]
MOVER: Mary McCann
SECONDER: Paula Yensen
AYES: Kurtz, McCann, Miller, Yensen
NAYS: Hammerand [Emphasis added.]
ABSENT: Salgado, Walkup
For the full minutes see
Don’t expect an answer from Arne Waltmire as to why he thinks he has to lie to win an election.