A couple of comments from last week under the article
gave thoughts about what it would take to beat Democrat Jack Franks.
Here’s one for “Priest”:
I read in an earlier post a comment stating something like if any opponent of Franks brought a million dollars Franks would just bring two million.
The presumption being money is the final arbiter of who wins and who loses a political campaign.
The reality is there is a law of diminishing returns in any campaign.
Ultimately Frank’s area is too small to warrant unlimited spending.
There are only so many mailers, commercials and paper ads one can buy to some positive effect.
Eventually the person running actually must have something to say and some way to convey they are the best vessel to carry off their vision.
Franks is a proven craven minion of any and all wealthy and powerful people who will help him.
Were the right person to run with a beginning budget of 150k and the ability to garner 50-100k more the race would yield a Franks loss.
If you are thinking of running against Jack Franks know there would be a minimum of two excellent goals accomplished even in a loss.
If the campaign were serious and had a humble charismatic leader Franks would have to respect the challenge which would pin down his whole campaign fund keeping it from doing further damage to the county and our state.
If a campaign were serious and had a humble charismatic leader the full extent of Franks depravity could be exposed to his historic supporters which would further erode any possible support he may expect for other political aspirations.
Be the right person and garner a reasonable investment of serious political supporters and Franks will no longer hold a seat downstate, or anywhere.
You don’t need to be intimidated by a budget Franks can’t even fully use.
Given that Franks was knocking on doors for next year’s election a couple of months ago, I’d say that the incumbent knows he is vulnerable.
Another comment came from :Skeptic”:
Franks can be beaten. Dr. Salvi was a strong candidate who didn’t get the full support of Al Jourdan along with the “club” because he was conservative.
Franks also fooled the hard right candidates to support Franks – so it was a struggle politically at the time.
As I recall, at the time there were two factions in the McHenry County Republican Party and there were still egos that couldn’t get along.
Franks has been very afraid of Salvi running against him since then.
But I haven’t seen Salvi involved in politics since that election.
O’Neal did a great job last time despite being sabotaged by the local Republican Party and the press.
He should try again.
In any case, Rauner should fund a candidate who can beat Franks.
Franks is a fraud…..and even his supporters know this.