Yesterday, the introduction of the lawsuit filed by self-proclaimed “Progressive” Democrat Kerri Barber and her business associate Katherine Dickerson against Democrats the two label “Centrists”–Michael Bissett, Paula Yensen, Kristina Zahorik and Nancy Zettler–was outlined.
Today, some of the “facts” from the Plaintiffs will be presented.
Barber’s and Dickerson’s firm, Heroic Media is described as “a marketing agency providing marketing, public relations, social media management, and website design and management services.”
It “routinely donates its time and services to candidates campaigning for the Democratic Party in local and national elections.”
The political posts of the Defendants are stated:
- Mike Bissett (then still Chairman of local Democrats),
- McHenry County Board member Paula Yensen,
- Kristina Zahorik (then Vice Chairman of the Party, now Chair, and State Central Committeewoman of the 14th Congressional District), and
- State Senate Candidate Nancy Zettler (2016 State Rep. candidate), who “acted as a surrogate for Lauren Underwood, a candidate for the Illinois 14th Congressional District, who also edits Gold Pin Independent, for which Barber and Dickerson wrote articles and for which Barber helped maintain the web site.
The 2018 election seems to have provoked the falling out among local Democrats.
“As part of the 2018 election cycle, Heroic Media donated its time and services to Democratic candidates
- Jim Walz ,
- Drew Georgi and
- Michael Vijuk,”
the filing continues.
Walz was running for the 14th District Democratic Party congressional nomination.
Georgi is the Democrats’ candidate for McHenry County Clerk.
Vijuk is the running for the McHenry County Board in District 1.
May 17, 2017, Heroic Media announced it would be working on Walz’ campaign.n June 28th, 2017,
“Heroic Media sponsored a Congressional Candidate Panel for candidates campaigning for the Illinois 14th Congressional District,” as well as another one, which is identified as “District 5,” but probably is District 6, which covers Algonquin Township.
Zettler was to be the moderator.
The filing continues:
On the day of the panel, Defendant Zettler became upset that Heroic Media sponsored the panel and donated its time and services to Mr. Walz.
Defendant Zettler became enraged in the auditorium and yelled that the panel constituted a conflict of interest.
Upon information and belief, Defendant Zettler had discussed sponsoring Ms. Underwood at the time. Defendant Zettler did not disclose this information.
Following the panel, Defendant Zettler advised community members and community leaders that Plaintiff Barber and Heroic Media “cannot be trusted.” She further advised community members and community leaders that they “should not listen to” the Plaintiffs.
Defendant Zettler insisted that the contributions of Plaintiff Barber and Plaintiff Dickinson to the Gold Pin Independent also constituted conflicts of interest because of Heroic Media’s volunteer work with Mr. Walz’ campaign.
Contributions to Zettler’s web site by Barber (through September 2017) and Dickerson (through July 2017) continued after the altercation.
Zettler and Barber agreed that she would publish a formal resignation from Barber because of the perceived conflict of interest; Barber cited her firm’s volunteer work for Walz.
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Tomorrow the candidate Nancy Zettler was supporting is revealed.
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