My county board rep, Rich Morthland was elected in November to be the 71st Dist. representative, and his replacement on the county board will be chosen by Democrat board chair Jim Bohnsack, who is required by law to name another Republican as Morthland’s replacement.
Bohnsack announced there were three candidates for the seat, which he would not name.
However, RICO GOP Chair Susie Carpentier said the GOP recommendation was Chris Filbert, who is also Morthland’s choice.
Carpentier’s reasons for backing Filbert:
1. She’s a “staunch Republican”
2. The other two candidates “are not qualified . . . We reviewed their voting history.”
What to say about this juvenile pettiness?
**The two other candidates are Bruce Peterson and Harrison Wallace—I know both of them
**Peterson was my dentist for decades and was on the Moline school board and the Moline city council—he now lives in Port Byron.
**Wallace ran as the GOP candidate for county clerk, and although he lost, he gave a creditable run against his entrenched Democrat union opponent.
**What the hell is their “voting history”?
I’ve often wondered about this—-what is the benchmark for determining who is a Dem and who is a GOPer?
There is no party “registration” in Illinois; you show up to vote in the primary at your polling place and tell them if you want a Dem or GOP ballot.
Gentle readers, I have voted in the Democrat primary every election but one—-does that mean I’m a “staunch Democrat”?
All these histronics by Carpentier are just petty politics on steroids because as she admits:
“Ms. Filbert is the only Republican candidate to go through the Republican Central Committee to express interest. The two others went directly to Mr. Bohnsack.”
I have no idea what Bohnsack will do, but this nonsense is reason #2500845 why I’m not a member of any political party—or want to be.