“I do not support Mark Shaw for chairman of Illinois Republican Party.”
Late Sunday night, former IL-14 congressional candidate Catalina Lauf (R, Woodstock) who’s also executive director of the Defense of Freedom PAC in a 3-part tweet, slammed Illinois Republican Co-Chair Mark Shaw’s bid to be elected state party chairman on Saturday.
Lauf continued with the following transcribed tweets:
“We need a leader who will listen to those on the ground, committed to grassroots, and who can actually lead the GOP in this State on a path forward. Time for new perspectives and servant leadership.
“I am personally committed to helping the Illinois Republican Party in any way that I can, and hope they elect a leader with a vision, and who will accurately represent the principles of Illinois Republicans – NOT their own interests or the establishment way.
“There is no faith in the GOP Party structure here in IL — why? Because what have they done? If we want to make real change and flip this State Red we need a better leadership from the top down!”Catalina Lauf tweets 1/31/21
While Lauf did not voice a preference for state chairman among the other two finalists for Saturday’s Illinois Republican State Central Committee meeting between Kendall County Board Chairman Scott Gryder and former Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Don Tracy, she made clear what her expectations are for the next Illinois Republican Party chairman and her commitment to work with the state party.
As touched upon in the McHenry County Blog article over the weekend, Mark Shaw’s role in the 2020 election cycle, through his role as Lake County Republican Party chairman, is one that does not listen to the grassroots but is interested in the Republican old guard ritual of slate making under the guise of an open and fair process, including slating Jim Oberweis as the endorsed candidate for the IL-14 Republican nomination on November 2, 2019, nearly a month before the first petitions were filed.
While Lauf was one of the 6 Republican candidates in the IL-14 primary who participated in Shaw’s “cattle call” before the Lake County Republican Party Executive Committee, she didn’t cite that specific event as a reason for her slam against Shaw.
But any casual observer can look back at that event and see it as a crystal clear example of how Shaw would operate as the state party chairman, especially for the statewide and congressional spots up for election in 2022.
The IL-14 Republican primary candidate who did not participate in the “rigged” event, state Senator Sue Rezin (R, Morris) explained it best and in detail in her November 1, 2019 letter to Lake County Republican precinct committeepersons here.
Another former IL-14 Republican candidate, James Marter, who chairs the Kendall County Republican Central Committee spoke positively about finalist Scott Gryder, but stopped short of endorsing him.
Marter’s audio comment as well as a Kendall County Board member who serves with Gryder, can be heard here.