By: Diane Benjamin
Local GOP leadership:
Remember when this group voted FOR a Candidate Assessment and Accountability Review Committee? https://blnnews.com/2022/02/08/gop-accountability-your-questions-are-needed/
That new committee was flooded with volunteers because grassroot Republicans are tired of democrats running as Republicans. See the ILGOP, at a Lincoln dinner in Sangamon County the only representative allowed to speak was Richard Irvin’s guy – Irvin voted in Democrat Party primaries for years. All of the others running for governor were present or had representatives present but were not allowed to speak. https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2022/04/weyermuller-did-sangamon-county-gop-snub-5-republican-governor-candidates-at-lincoln-day-dinner-2022.html
Even though the CAAR committee was approved and the only item on the GOP agenda concerning this committee was approving members, George Wendt decided to make a motion to abolish it. Leadership had around 40 people to pick 7 from, all the newly volunteered Republicans got thrown under the bus.
This is the actual wording of what was passed:
“To separate the CAAR committee from the McLean County Republican Central Committee by rescinding the vote of Jan 10, 2022. This does not disband the committee or their mission. They may still function as an independent entity from the McLean County Republican Central Committee and Party.”
Some of the leadership abstained from voting (chicken), Connie Beard and Jim Fisher voted against abolishing it, Scott Preston of course didn’t agree and voted with Wendt.
I guess the majority of leadership doesn’t agree with what’s on their own Facebook page:
The ILGOP leadership did nothing to stop the destruction in Illinois, of course they want Irvin and Preston in Springfield! ILGOP votes are immaterial – they don’t even have to show up! They like it that way.
The CAAR committee can still exist, just not as a part of the GOP. That all can change in July when the Precinct Committeemen get to vote for leadership. To avoid an embarrassing defeat in July, those who voted with George Wendt need to resign before the convention. Illinois needs Republican fighters to take on the blatant abuse of Illinois taxpayers by Democrats who let Madigan and then Pritzker do whatever they wanted. Illinois needs Ron Desantis types, not the weak-kneed ILGOP we have now.
Candidates like Scott Preston will make sure the Republicans stay in the super-minority, just the way Democrats want it.
One more note: When Jim Fisher decided to run against Scott Preston he called Jamey Odom who holds some position with the House Republicans in Springfield. She told him they already picked Scott Preston and hung up on him.
No, the Illinois GOP doesn’t believe citizens should have a voice in who represents them. Not voting in the primary this June isn’t an option. Send Jamey a message – vote Jim Fisher.
I hope CAAR meets and exposes people who are pretending to be Republicans. Illinois and McLean County need you.