-By Warner Todd Huston
One has to wonder why the Chairman of the Illinois State GOP is involving himself in the race for Kane County Party Chairman this year?
Illinois is at the bottom of nearly every measurement of the nation’s successful states. Illinois has some of the worst unemployment, is counted as the worst in business and lawsuit climates, is losing jobs and business every where, and has some of the worst corruption in the country. Illinois is also one to the few states completely controlled by the Democrats. Save for the bright spot of the 2010 midterms that sent 5 Republicans to Congress, Republicans are on the outs all across the state.
With that dire situation for the GOP one would think that Ill. GOP Party Chairman Pat Brady would have his hands full trying to beat back the Democrats and finding people to face down Democrats in the quickly coming 2012 elections.
This week, Burns announced that Pat Brady will be his campaign chairman.
In a press release, Burns said, “I am honored that Pat Brady has signed on to my campaign team. His leadership, guidance and friendship are wonderful assets, and I look forward to working with chairman Brady as our campaign moves forward.”
It should not be completely shocking that Brady would align himself against Republican State Senator Chris Lauzen, I suppose. Lauzen has definitely stood against the state party often enough in the past. Of course, the state party has also not been a paragon of conservative virtue, either! Hence Lauzen’s obstreperousness.
Still, regardless of the situation on the ground in Kane County, I can’t help but feel that Brady’s decision to play around in a mere party chair race when the GOP is flaming out statewide is a bad decision. Brady should be paying more attention to building the state party from one end of the Land of Lincoln to the other, not satisfying a vendetta against a single party scoffer in a single county.
If the GOP is ever to rebuild itself in Illinois, some big picture ideas are going to have to be floated. Drilling down to one county chair races does not seem to be a big picture issue.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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