In a letter dated March 22, 2014, Bill Bloom announced his candidacy for Chairman of the Rock Island County Republican Party, saying the party must “prioritize the campaigns and issues which hit closest to home”.
While saying it was important to take back the 17th CD and win the governor’s race, the county board was where the real damage was done to residents of RICO and that they—and therefore the board should be the priority.
Stressing that Kinney must be removed from the County Clerk’s office, there was this bit of news I had never heard:
“Like you, I was shocked by the results of the last election and by the sudden swing in leads when the absentee ballots were thrown in.”
It is well known that this is how most voter fraud happens—by absentee ballot, but why wasn’t this made public? Why wasn’t local media informed? Who decided it was best to just shut up about it, rather than scream for a recount or examination of the absentees? Also, which races were affected by this. This is really amazing information.
Bloom continues by stressing the importance of giving the heave-ho to Smiddy, Jacobs and Verschoore and especially loosening the death grip Mike Madigan has on the House, but so far it seems it isn’t important enough to have a candidate for the 72nd at this late date. What’s up with that?
At the end he offers a word of reconciliation and olive branch:
“Finally, we have fractures in our party which we must heal. We have to draw on every resource. If you support me, I will do my best to unite everyone. Nobody will be left out.”
I have no idea what Mike Steffen is proposing, except more sermons, but I have to agree with Bloom that the major focus of the RICO GOP should be Rock Island County. For too long the RICO GOP has mostly been a social club, rather than a muscular political force. It can’t happen overnight because it took decades to destroy, but rebuilding needs to begin at the county level.
Rauner and Schilling all have big $$$$ behind them; Rock Island Republicans only have the RICO GOP.