Jack Franks Imitates Cal Skinner

The poster used in the kick-off press conference for Cal Skinner's run for Governor as a Libertarian.

The poster used in the kick-off press conference for Cal Skinner’s run for Governor as a Libertarian in 2002.

They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.

So, I guess I am flattered that State Rep. Jack Franks is re-cycling the idea I floated when I was running for Governor on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2002.

The Northwest Herald had a big page 3 article on the topic Saturday, but with the turnover of reporters since 2002, it is not surprising that no mention is made of the source of the idea of Term Limits for Legislative Leaders.

On page 6 of the NWH is a headline noting that Franks voted for Madigan.

Franks, for those with longer memories (or even those who read about last year’s campaign by Republican Steve Reick’s campaign against Franks last year), promised to serve only three terms when he first ran in 1998.

Reick Sign Franks + Madigan WL Rd corn

One of Steve Reick’s campaign themes in his race against Jack Franks was linking Mike Madigan to Franks.

We know how that worked out.

Franks’ proposal calls merely for an advisory referendum.

I was calling for a Constitutional Amendment, pursuant to a citizen petition campaign.  The Libertarians, who had told me they would gather such signatures, failed to do so.

The story first surfaced on Capitol Fax Blog on Friday.

Noting

“Franks, of course, voted for Speaker Madigan’s reelection last week”,

Rich Miller entitled his post,

Umm… Huh?

It was the ninth time Franks voted for Madigan for Speaker.

On the sign that promoted Mike Tryon and Pam Althoff now appears a message about from Republican Steve Reick pointing out that Democrat Jack Franks broke his term limits pledge.

On the sign that usually promots Mike Tryon and Pam Althoff now appears a message about from Republican Steve Reick pointing out that Democrat Jack Franks broke his term limits pledge.

The comments under the article are interesting.

Here are a couple:

From Larry the Cable Guy:

“Jack Franks: Profiles in Self-Aggrandizement.

“What’s good for Jack is what’s good for Jack.

From PJ Friday:

“Whatever it takes for Jack to get his name in the paper in the name of ‘good government’”

Frnaks No Madigan Signs late 8-14

One might assume that Steve Reick’s campaign to link Jack Franks to Mike Madigan worked too well from Franks’ Term Limits for Legislative Leaders bill.

Anonymous asks in part:

“How detached from reality is Franks?”

Nearly Normal observes:

“So we get a lot of attention for a bill that will do what?

“Get Franks a lot of publicity perhaps?”

VanillaMan’s satire is hilarious, but a bit too long to re-print. Find it here.

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Small signs are also appearing in State Rep. Jack Franks' district equating the local Democrat with Mike Madigan.

Small signs also appeared in State Rep. Jack Franks’ district equating the local Democrat with Mike Madigan.

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Jack Franks Imitates Cal Skinner — 3 Comments

  1. Where is Jack Franks when his district desperately need defense from the Lakewood tif (which will create a huge additional tax burden be placed onto a poor district, and the larger County in general, in order to subsidize profits of a rich District)?

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