Rep. Gaffney: McSweeney’s Charges ‘Phony’

-By Warner Todd Huston

We are now beginning to hear from State Rep. Kent Gaffney on the serious charges leveled against him by challenger David McSweeney.

Last week after candidate petitions were turned in to the Sec. of State, David McSweeney, who is running to unseat incumbent Republican Kent Gaffney, announced that he was going to challenge the petitions of both Gaffney and the third Republican candidate in the 52nd District, Danielle Rowe.

McSweeney made some pretty hefty charges and, backed up by heavy hitting attorney Richard Means, stands to be either proven correct or shown to be a bit of a knave, I have to say.

The charges McSweeney made are that Gaffney used state workers who were on the clock to pass around his petitions. Then, when it came time to sign the name of the person that actually passed the petition, Gaffney had other people claim they were the operatives that did that work. If this is all true it is a crime under Illinois election laws.

As I said in my previous report, this would have to be arrogance or stupidity on Gaffney’s part if he actually did this. And if GOP House leader Tom Cross knew about it — Cross is Gaffney’s close sponsor — then we have quite a scandal, here.

One of the things that amazed me about this was that Gaffney had yet to make a statement about the accusation even though it has been out there several days. I’ve talked to a few well placed insiders and they say that this whole thing is a joke, that McSweeney really has no evidence at all. We haven’t seen any, anyway. Just McSweeney’s announcement that he has some.

In any case I am in receipt of a statement from Gaffney on this business. It’s a full denial, of course.

“This is a phony objection by the McSweeney campaign that lacks any supporting evidence. These reckless allegations are made without any supporting affidavits or statements.”

“I am confident that the Illinois State Board of Elections will find no merit in these reckless claims.”

So, the gauntlet is thrown down, now. McSweeney has either to fully prove his charges or find his reputation seriously damaged, I think.

About Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.
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2 Responses to Rep. Gaffney: McSweeney’s Charges ‘Phony’

  1. Phil Collins says:

    If those state employees are guilty, nothing will happen to them. Two years ago, when I ran for state rep., in the 17th Dist., Kevin Artl, an aide to State Rep. Tom Cross, copied my petitions. He should have been working for the state, at that time, but he did campaign work. He violated a state law, but he wasn’t punished.

    David McSweeney is probably afraid of competition. He must think that he can win the primary, only if he doesn’t have any primary opponents.