The emphases in the missive from McHenry County State’s Attorney candidate Dan Regna are his:
“As you are aware and have reported, my opponent Patrick Kenneally has taken exception with my position regarding politics and government service. And, according to your reporting, our current State’s Attorney not surprisingly takes exception with my position as well.
“While Mr. Kenneally correctly quoted my policy position from 2008, he completely mischaracterized such position and twisted my words. As such, I would like to clarify my position to you.
“First, I have never “disavowed” being a Republican. Such a statement is ludicrous and without merit. I am a lifelong Conservative Republican and will be until my final breath on this Earth. While serving in the Regular Army, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were my Commanders-in-Chief. And, like most soldiers of that time, I immensely admired these great men. (I actually saw, met & heard speak then Vice President George H.W. Bush at West Point on several occasions) In fact, I trace my Republican roots to age 12 (2 years before my opponent’s birth) when Governor Reagan lost the GOP nomination to Gerald Ford in 1976. That was my heartbreaking political awakening.
“Second, as State’s Attorney, I do not plan to be an active member in our Republican Party. So, what does that mean? I do not believe that our State’s Attorney or his employees (or relatives) should be active in our local party apparatus. I do not believe that our State’s Attorney or his employees (or relatives) should be GOP Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, or Secretary. I do not believe that our State’s Attorney or his employees (or relatives) should be central committee chairmen or precinct committeemen. Because our State’s Attorney has immense prosecutorial and legal powers, I believe it dangerous for our State’s Attorney to accumulate or control immense political power within our local party apparatus. While I am an uncontested precinct committeeman candidate, I will immediately resign my committeeman position if elected State’s Attorney.
“But, make no mistake, I will always remain a Conservative Republican and proud member of our local Republican Party.
“Third, as State’s Attorney, I will always be a passive member of our Republican Party. In office, I will follow my Conservative Republican principles. I will attend our local GOP functions. I will support our Republican candidates. I will be active as a Republican elected official within our party, but I will not directly or indirectly participate in the party apparatus. Why is this my position? Our elected officials must always be accountable to our Citizens; and, as elected Republicans, I believe that we must also remain accountable to our Republican Party. Accountability to our Republican Party is a fundamental check and balance in our democratic system of government. When a State’s Attorney serves as or employs in his office either party leaders, central committee chairmen, or committeeman, a dangerous conflict of interest arises. The checks and balances are turned upside down with our local Republican Party accountable to and under the thumb of our State’s Attorney. This is wrong. As such, I will never seek to accumulate political power within our local Republican Party’s political apparatus. Given the immense power of State’s Attorney, I must and will leave political power within our party to other good citizens and community leaders.
“Personally, I favor state and countywide elected officials (and their employees or relatives) be barred from serving as officers in our McHenry County Republican Party infrastructure. While it worked in McHenry County’s rural days, I believe that the work of higher elected office and countywide party leadership is now incompatible and too much for any one person in suburban McHenry County. And, accumulation of political power with significant law enforcement powers by one person is extremely dangerous.
“Hopefully, I have clarified my position regarding my Republican “stripes”. To suggest that I am not a Republican is asinine and desperate. To the contrary, I am a Republican who expects to always be held accountable by our entire Republican Party, not rule over it. I firmly believe that political power ust remain with our Citizens and party, not with higher elected officials and government employees with a vested interest. If elected, I will work hard to end the bitter factional warfare that has deeply divided our party. I assure you that I will disengage the State’s Attorney from the business of political power. And, rest assured, I will always join with and welcome all Republicans regardless of “faction” at all Republican events.”