By: Diane Benjamin
Chuck Erickson was elected GOP chair in 2014 and re-elected in 2016. 75-100 people used to attend the monthly breakfast meetings BC (before Chuck).
Today the breakfast had less than 30, according to an attendee, and most of them were elected members of the County Board.
Sue Feldkamp, who ran for the Bloomington City Council, told me that she will never attend another breakfast as long as Erickson is chairman. Erickson wanted people to come with ideas to grow attendance. Sue had a page and a half of suggestions – but she wasn’t allowed to speak. Some of the elected were allowed to speak 2-3 times, Chuck refused to call on her.
After the meeting Erickson tried to avoid her. Another attendee brought to Chuck’s attention that Sue was waiting to talk to him. She finally got a few minutes of his time, he was defensive the entire time.
Maybe Chuck hasn’t noticed that both Bloomington and Normal are run by Democrats. Maybe Chuck didn’t see Tari Renner’s name on the Democrat website for the supposed non-partisan election. Maybe Chuck didn’t notice Republicans lost big in Normal Township last April. I wonder if Chuck attended the $1500 going away party Normal threw for Cheryl Gaines? Has he seen the $300+ plaque? https://blnnews.com/2017/06/18/normals-fleecing-continues/
If you refuse to stand up to the vocal leftist minority, they will soon dominate. I suggest not listening to your vice-chair either since he supported Democrats. Local elections are never non-partisan, quit acting like they are.
McLean County is already purple under Chuck’s leadership. Unless he is replaced it will be blue – that will bring the disastrous politics we see running Illinois. We already see it in Bloomington and Normal.
If Chuck wants to pretend the GOP members of the County Board are the GOP Party, they will all go down together. Erickson and company are offering no reason to vote GOP. He is making it easy for Democrats to win.