As reported earlier, petitions were being circulated this past week in McHenry for a 72-year old McHenry Democrat named Jeffrey Lichte.
For obvious reasons, the man is not known in Republican circles.
Lichte filed Monday afternoon at 2:45.
But, the man who ran against Jack Franks in 2014 filed an hour an a half before at 1:15.
In an article posted on his blog “Illoyances” the day before the beginning of filing, Reick announced that he was not going to run again.
He wrote that he and some volunteers had been passing petitions because he
wanted to find out what kind of support I could hope to get from the State GOP and the Rauner political operation, knowing that without their material support, I couldn’t compete with the resources that Jack Franks could throw into the campaign.
Today I found out what I could expect: nothing.
While I’m disappointed, I can’t say I’m surprised.
In 2014, the Republicans had the wind at their backs, yet Mike Madigan held serve on every seat he had in the House. With a Presidential year coming up, the odds of the Republicans doing anywhere near as well are considerably less.
While I think I could have built on my 2014 results and made Franks have to defend this seat, to try to do so without a significant infusion of campaign funds, far beyond what I could contribute or raise from those who supported me in 2014 was unrealistic. It would also have been unfair.
As one donor who’s a good friend of mine said: “If your own party won’t step up and help, is it fair to ask me?”
No, it’s not.
Reick also reported on a flyer that had been mailed in his district by a no name group calling itself “The Commission on Fiscal Responsibility.”
While the mailing tracks nowhere, similar negative pieces have shown up before attacking Jack Franks’ opponents.
So, what happened to change Reick’s mind?