The following letter is published with the permission of author Joe Monack, who is Dorr Township Republican Central Committee Chairman. I was originally published in the Northwest Herald on Saturday>
Democrats not so democratic
By now, everybody is familiar with “superdelegates.”
In the presidential election, about 15 percent of the total delegates in the Democratic Party are these unelected “superdelegates” that can vote any way they want, regardless of how their state voted.
The percentage of delegates who are unelected party insiders is more than double the Republican Party.
There are efforts to lower the amount of superdelegates or get rid of them altogether.
The reason is simple: the process undermines democracy.
I contend that this kind of anti-democratic election fixing is not only a problem for Democrats at the national level, but that it has permeated into the Democratic Party at the local level, as well.
Just look right here in McHenry County.
Democrats have 12 candidates slated to run for County Board.
Of them, only five were actually on the ballot for Democratic primary voters.
Their state rep candidate was not on the ballot either. Nor was their County Board chairman candidate or recorder candidate.
Apparently, it is the rule, not the exception, of the McHenry County Democratic Party to bypass the primary process. There are a few possible explanations.
One is that they are sloppy and low-energy.
The other is that they want to delay scrutiny.
Their website asks, “Are you tired of ‘insider politics.’ ”
I believe people are tired of insider politics.
Unfortunately, the McHenry County Democratic Party seems to enjoy insider politics.