From constituent Tara Nielsen:
Dear Representative Reick,
The article I read in the McHenry County Blog, dated August 3, 2022, had me consider how I would reach out to you to share my thoughts on your comments. Along with asking specific questions about your comments against Senator Darren Bailey.
My first thought – why are you bringing something up from 5 years ago against the Republican party’s choice for governor? Would this have been the best time for you to bring this up? Why didn’t you bring it up five years ago?
My second thought – one that I wish all politicians would do is to check facts before making comments. I researched the statistics of both events. They are BOTH horrific, horrendous, and entirely WRONG. To murder even one is wrong. However, you brought up and are speaking against a statement from 5 years ago – let’s look at the FACTS. While it is virtually impossible to come up with an accurate number of deaths during the holocaust time and I would wager the deaths of abortion are as brutal to count. The numbers I found during the time of the holocaust are between 6 million and 11 million people who were murdered brutally. The numbers I have seen for abortion between 1973-2020 are 63.4 million or more. Regardless of the actual number for BOTH events in history, one thing is for sure: the extermination of life for both events resulted in the death of millions of innocent people, which is a shame for humanity.
My third and final thought is – I thought you were PRO-LIFE? The comment you made against Darren Bailey read as though you are not. You are running on the Republican platform, and one of the pillars of Republicans is and has been Pro-Life. I wonder if you talked to Darren Bailey privately and discussed this matter with him to understand his meaning. Or did you go to the press first?
So, Representative Reicke, here are my questions for you:
- Did you go to Senator Bailey first to ask him directly?
- Do you feel your comments against our Republican choice for governor hurt Bailey or Helped Pritzker?
- Have you considered speaking to Senator Bailey and offering an apology now that you have facts and numbers?
Again, I state BOTH atrocities are horrendous and wrong. However, standing on our Pro-Life Pillar within our party is also very important. How can you NOT say that 63.4 million lives were not as important as the ones in Europe? ONE LIFE MATTERS!!!
I look forward to your response.
Sincerely your constituent,