Andrew Gasser Resigns GOP Positions

While I was at Oberlin College my favorite professor was Aaron Wildavsky.

He is best known for having written “The Politics of the Budgetary Process.”

Andrew Gasser

But he wrote another book about community power.

I can’t find its title, but it contained a concept that may fit Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser.

The concept was that some political players were “meteors;” they burn brightly, but then fade out.

In 2012, Gasser worked hard to elect David McSweeney State Representative against Michael Madigan-backed Independent Dee Beaubien. (Gasser had supported one of McSweeney’s primary opponents Danielle Rowe.)

Gasser was part of the coalition that wrested control of the McHenry County Republican Party from the Al Jourdan Establishment in 2014.

That same year Gasser was elected to the McHenry County Board.

He recruiting numerous candidates to run for GOP Precinct Committeeman.

He was elected Vice Chairman of the County Party, while Demetri Tsilimigras was elected Algonquin Township Central Committee Chairman, succeeding Bob and Anna May Miller’s daughter Rebecca Lee.

After Tsilmigras resigned to run for judge, Chris Yaeger took his place.

In 2016 Gasser defeated Yaeger for Township GOP Chairman.

Under his leadership, the Algonquin GOP passed a resolution opposing nepotism.

It also raised money

The anti-nepotism banner in the Algonquin Township Founders Day Parade.

The back of the Algonquin Township Republican Party’s literature on nepotism.

Then he led the charge to remove Anna May Miller from the McHenry County Board.

By knocking on hundreds, maybe thousands of doors in several election cycles, Miller lost her County Board slot.

Gasser then took on Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller and bested him by 143 votes.

The victory was so significant that it merited a Chicago Tribune front page story.

Gasser then resigned his County Board post.

Upon taking office as Road Commissioner he immediately took on Local 150 of the Operating Engineers.

Miller, the man he beat, had signed a 5-year contract with the union before he left office.

Gasser sent out the following email:


Effective immediately I am resigning as chairman of the Algonquin Township Republican Party and also as a Republican Precinct Committeeman.

Be Blessed,

Gasser remains as Road Commissioner.


Andrew Gasser Resigns GOP Positions — 14 Comments

  1. The Grand Old Party has suffered a grievous loss.

    I for one will miss his hand upon the tiller greatly.

    Andrew knew how to kick serious liberal butt!

  2. Sudden resignations usually portend that somebody’s in trouble.

  3. And now for something completely different:
    NWH: Algonquin Highway Department ordered to rehire 3 fired Local 150 employees
    By ED KOMENDAEmailFollow
    Oct. 13, 2017

    ALGONQUIN – A judge has ordered Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser to rehire three employees he fired on his first day on the job with back pay and interest.

    Administrative Law Judge Deena Sanceda ordered the employees be rehired because Gasser and his $375-an-hour attorney – who billed the township more than $100,000 between May and September – never responded to the labor complaint……

  4. Any reporter or blogger going to ask him WHY he’s resigning?

  5. maybe because he has his eye on the prize,

    gasser is not a rat,

    he defeated a crook that with the help of family members gouged our tax paying dollars for personal vacations for his daughter and grand child, who I might add is a officer of the court, and should have known not to participate in the wrong doings,

    but again that family is so arrogant they think the can walk all over tis county,

    aftermaybe the feds can find something,

    maybe they already have

    further investigations are complete justice will lock them away,

  6. Andrew is a hard worker and his efforts are an example for others to follow.

    The NWHerald has no curiosity, they are a partisan rag proven to be friendly to the tax and spend politicians.

    They have no interest to date to examine the secret signing of a union contract that was designed to plug the drain of the swamp Andrew promised to empty.

    They have no interest in the personal credit cards use etc…

    Time will tell.

    In the meantime I hope Andrew stays strong while the swamp and it’s family member commentors throw mud.

  7. This is probably the saddest news I’ve heard in a very long time.

    Nobody worked harder than Andy and nobody worked so hard to do the right thing.

    He suffered so much and gave so much, its no wonder he’s resigned his post.

    He took on some of the biggest issues in this county from pension to once thought to be untouchable personalities in local politics.

    Agree or disagree with him or his ways, we owe Andy a debt of gratitude.

    He is a big part of any positive movement in conservative politics and policy in this county ni the last 10 years.

    Thank you for all you’ve done, Andy.

  8. The new commenter is wrong in assuming I did not write the article and those to which it links.

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