House Speaker Mike Madigan dropped off the fundraising invitations sent out by State Rep. Jack Franks in 2015.
My guess is that Franks understood the negative aspect of being associated with the House Speaker for whom he voted nine times.
Even before that, in 2015, Franks was trying to disassociate himself from Madigan.
Now Franks is running for McHenry County Board Chairman…and State Representative.
Reporter Pete Gonigam found out when he asked Franks right after local Democrats slated him:
“Franks qualified that saying he’d give up the Rep. race if the Committee can pick another candidate who’s both ‘electable’ and holds a political outlook consistent with his own.”
You will remember that Gonigam was the only reporter in the room when the local Democratic Party slated Franks for the county office.
So far Franks hasn’t pulled out of the race.
Has Jack Franks filed a Withdrawal of Candidacy statement yet?
Check whether Franks has filed the form yet, by clicking here.
In June of 2014, publicity about Jack Franks’ latest “headline bill” did not win rave reviews.
Capitol Fax headlined its article,
It was a proposal to ask voters in the 2015 non-partisan elections if term limits should be imposed on leaders in the state Legislature.
It sounded a lot like my 2002 proposal for a constitutional amendment to impose Term Limits for Legislative Leaders.
Franks’ proposal was but a poor imitation of my constitutional amendment idea.
But it turned into a big page 3 article in the Northwest Herald.
Rich Miller, who writes Capitol Fax Blog, concluded,
“But, c’mon, unless he’s willing to say he’d vote against MJM for Speaker next year, this ain’t exactly a serious proposal.”
Here are some of the comments:
“Jack Franks is among the most shameless grandstanders of the caucus.”
“How many members of Illinois General Assembly would grandstand as much as Jack Franks if they were as good at it as Franks?”
“Jack is more interested in making headlines than he is in making good policy. Im not sure he has ever enacted any meaningful legislation that would call for real media press.”
“For all the political criticisms remember we all get the government we deserve.”
“And while we are on the topic of who is brave and who is not…
“Bravery is voting for things like pension reform and the tax increase…Jack likes to rail and rail against ideas supported by a majority of his party and then enjoy the benefits of his colleagues work when the lights go down.
“He is the least bravest in that caucus.”
“People should stop defending Jack as some knight of courage when he is the exact opposite.”
“Is this the same Jack Franks who pledged to serve only three terms when he was running in 1998?”
“I doubt if Madigan cares, because Franks will still vote for him.”
“I had to laugh when Jack got himself in all the papers railing on about how seats on boards and commissions shouldn’t be paid because they’re part time jobs… without seeing the hypocrisy that he isn’t giving up *his* salary for *his* part time job.”
“This is typical Jack Franks grandstanding.”
“If he could combine the bill with yet another Franks Fundraiser, that would be perfect.”
“If Jack Franks had any testicular fortitude, he would have ran against Randy Hultgren in 2012. He would have won with the Obama wave.”
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See related articles:
- 11-11-9 Jack Franks “Bridles” at Dennis Miller’s Suggestion of Term Limits
- 6-9-14 Jack Franks Makes Another Promise
- 6-12-14 “Headline Bill” King Jack Franks Raises Shield against GOP Opponent Steve Reick’s Attack against Franks’ Breaking of 1998 Term Limits’ Pledge
- 6-13-14 Jack Franks Adopts 2002 Cal Skinner Issue
- 11-26-14 Franks: Reick Campaign “Scurrilous”