From Grant Noble,a Republican Party activist of many, many years:
Is Daniel Shanes the Real Democrat in the Illinois Supreme Court Second District Primary?
Daniel Shanes has denied being funded by Ken Griffin, but lo and behold, a Ken Griffin PAC is attacking his opponent, “Democrat” Mark Curran: https://mchenrycountyblog.com/2022/06/10/griffin-money-attacks-lake-countys-mark-curran-after-effort-to-knock-him-off-the-ballot-fails-lake-county-judge-dan-shales-benefits/
In 2008, Sheriff Curran switched from being a Democrat to a Republican because of his pro-life beliefs.
The same year Darren Bailey joined Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos” to prolong the Democrat primary and help John McCain.
That’s also the year the RINO-led Kane County GOP failed to slate John Noverini for a judicial vacancy.
They said he was “too conservative and pro-life.”
As a result, he was forced to run as a pro-life Democrat and won.
Yes, everyone is a Democrat to the Griffin forces except Richard Irvin, who voted Democrat in 6 out of the last 7 primaries including in 2020.
This mailing also attacks Curran on issues that never came up in the 2020 primary when he ran with the backing of the Republican Establishment for U.S. Senate.
Griffin’s Richard Irvin is far more liberal than Curran.
But at least this mailing is somewhat accurate in describing Curran’s stands on issues, unlike the Shanes attacks on Judge Noverini through mailings and https://therealnoverini.com/
Shanes’ campaign says Judge Noverini “has Deep Ties to Mike Madigan’s Democratic Political Machine”.
But Noverini has never met Mike Madigan or had any political involvement with Madigan or his political machine.
They also claim Noverini “Ran and won retention bids as a Democrat in 2014 and 2020” when judicial retention elections are nonpartisan.
“In 2021, Citizens For Noverini gave $5,000 to Progressive Action 2016 whose purpose is to “support progressive candidates in Illinois.”
This was for computer software.
As a member of the Carpentersville City Council, Noverini voted to oppose a budget for all of Carpentersville that would have required a substantial tax increase.
The Shanes campaign calls that “defunding the police”.
With these baseless charges, Shanes has not followed Illinois judicial rules and is very vulnerable to a formal complaint to the Illinois Judicial Review Board by Judge Noverini.
Then we have the bizarre spectacle of the Illinois Election Board not following their own initial rules and the recommendations of their hearing officer and general counsel in throwing Judge Hutchinson and Sheriff Curran off the ballot.
That was overturned in court and Mark Curran didn’t have any doubt who was behind this.
“I know that Judge John Noverini was not behind my challenges…
“My guess is that Dan Shanes, the other candidate in the race, does not want me talking about how his Masonic friends are clearing out the competition on his behalf, or how there is no way he is pro life or pro 2nd Amendment.” https://patch.com/illinois/highlandpark/judge-orders-3-illinois-supreme-court-candidates-returned-ballot
Here’s another piece of evidence that Curran is right about Shanes’ real judicial views.
Shanes calls himself a “constitutional conservative” yet at a recent meeting of pro-family leaders, Shanes refused to say if life begins at the moment of conception.
He also refused to define the word woman when asked!
Yet some “pro-family” leaders at that meeting are still supporting Shanes publicly.
I know this is true from an unimpeachable source at the meeting, but I can’t name names because of the rules of that pro-family group.
But I can tell you the most prominent pro-lifers in Kane County, Vivian Maley and Sally Sullivan are supporting Noverini.
I can add David Smith of Illinois Family Action and McHenry County’s former State Representative Cal Skinner and Sheriff Bill Prim.
Do you think any of these would be publicly supporting Judge Noverini if he was truly a liberal Democrat in disguise?
Shanes wife and children vote Democrat.
It’s not unusual to have a liberal wife vote differently than a conservative husband, but that’s very unusual for somebody to run office with that happening.
At the very least, it shows “constitutional conservative” Shanes will have little ability to convince his colleagues on the Supreme Court to vote conservative.
Judge Noverini has run in 8 contested elections, Mark Curran has run in 5 and even Judge Hutchinson was elected and has been retained by the voters in 4 elections since.
Shanes was selected by Lake County judges to be a judge the first time and by a Democrat Supreme Court the second time.
He has never been elected, he also has no business or political experience.
He hasn’t stood up to the liberal bullying of the Illinois Bar Association unlike Curran and Noverini: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/may/1/bar-association-threatens-judge-not-recommended-ra/#new_tab
Unlike the extensive track record of the other candidates, what track record we have, especially in the type of campaign he is running, shows Shanes really isn’t a “constitutional conservative”.
I intend to vote for Shanes if he wins the primary on the theory that I will at least get something l want like I do with Judas Roberts or Wisconsin’s Hagedorn.
But I will do it with no desire to help Shanes reach out to Independents and Hispanic and Black churchgoers who are mad at lockdowns of their churches and schools and all the other ghastly problems of the terrible trio of Biden, Prizker and Lightfoot.
I am sure a lot of Hutchinson and Curran voters will feel the same way.
Even if somebody else besides Shanes wins the primary, the Republican Party has been badly torn up by the nastiest primary this side of the Governor’s race.
In short, if Dan Shanes wanted to make sure the Republicans would lose a very winnable Supreme Court race, he and his allies couldn’t have done any better than what they have done so far.