On the same day that McHenry County Assessor Mary Mahady announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for State Senate, Republican candidate Craig Wilcox was holding a fundraiser for the same office.
Wilcox, a Republican member of the McHenry County Board is jousting with fellow Board member John Reinert for the GOP nomination.
Former Congressman and now WIND radio talk show host from 5-7 PM set the stage for Wilcox’ speech at the McHenry VFW.
Walsh continued the theme he introduced while campaigning for Congress.
“We are living in revolutionary times.
“I think it could get ugly,” he said to an audience with numerous Veterans.
“I think things could get violent.”
The University of Chicago master’s degree holder spoke of the “duopoly” that has ruled the United States since just before the Civil War–the Republican and the Democratic Parties.
He said he saw signs of both of them breaking up.
“I’ve never seen Americans as angry as they are this year.
“It dwarfs what I saw in 2010.”
That’s when, against incredible odds, he beat incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean. New York Times odds maker Nate Silver gave Bean a 9-1 advantage on his 538 blog.
“There is a battle within the Republican Party between the Good Ol’ Boys and the reformers.
“You are watching walls coming down all over the country…[including in] the Republican Party in McHenry Couinty.
“We need a lot of Joe Tirios in McHenry County.
“We need reformers [to do] what Joe Tirio is doing.
“The country and McHenry County right now need people who will shake things up.
“I think Craig Wilcox is a reformer.
“His opponent [John Reinert] is a nice guy, but he’s just the same ol’, same ol’ Good Old Boy.
“I want a reformer.
“It’s an honor to endorse Craig Wilcox.
“The McHenry County Republican Establishment don’t want him to win.”
“Good!” shouted someone from the audience.
“Craig Wilcox can’t win, if we’re not fired up,” Walsh said as he turned the floor over to Wilcox.
Wilcox addressed the crowd next.
He related that as a military man for twenty-four years he has moved seventeen times.
“This is the longest I’ve lived anywhere since the 1990’s,” he said.
Born in Vermont, he was surprised to find the name of a Vermont town in McHenry County–Richmond.
Giving some county history I had not heard, he said the name “Richmond” was picked by the winner of a greased pole climb.
Going door-to-door, Wilcox found, “Everyone was talking about property taxes.”
He told of getting advice from the woman he seeks to replace in the State Senate–Pam Althoff.
“With her endorsement of my opponent [John Reinert], it’s obvious she wasn’t grooming me.
Wilcox related his leadership in the fight for transparency on the McHenry County Board.
He is the one who led the fight to require County Board approval of the irregular hiring of two patronage employees by newly-installed County Board Chairman Jack Franks.
“For eight months that’s what I have been doing.
“The public wants government that is open.
“I’m looking forward to having honest debate on the issues.”