Alan Nudo Quits Race for 52nd District State Senate Seat

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Republican primary for the 52nd District is down to one. Champaign County Board member Alan Nudo, 63, has announced he’s withdrawing from the race, leaving reformer John Bambenek as the lone Republican in the primary.

I wrote about Nudo on January 13 when I reported that in 2006 and 2007 he was involved in a company that made several large campaign donations to the Democrat he would have ostensibly faced this November. I received images of canceled checks from Triple R Development, LLC made out to Democrat State Senator Mike Frerichs when he was first running for office starting in 2006. Nudo’s signature appeared on those checks.

Senator Frerichs further claimed that Nudo personally handed him one of those checks during that campaign. Via email Frerichs told me that he felt that Nudo was a strong supporter and expressed surprise when Nudo announced last year that he intended to run for the Senator’s seat.

At first, Nudo claimed he had no part in the donations. He did admit he signed the checks as a principal of Robesons’s Inc., the company he owns that does the accounting for Triple R Development.

“I sign every check there is for Triple R Development because our company does their accounting. Our company handles all the day-to-day operations. But what does any of this have to do with this race,” Nudo told the News Gazette.

On his Statement of Economic Interests, Alan Nudo did list Triple R Development as his “business entity.”

As an aside, in that News Gazette story I link above, Nudo charged that I was “working together” with Democrat Mike Frerichs. This is something I simply have to address as it is a charge leveled directly at me.

I contacted Senator Frerichs about the donations because on Frerichs finance page on the Illinois Secretary of States office, Triple R is listed as having donated to him. Knowing that Nudo is part of Triple R I contacted the Senator to see what he remembered of these donations.

We exchanged about five emails. My first asking him about it. His replying he’d look into it. Mine thanking him. His then sending me the info. Mine thanking him again.

If writing an email asking the Senator if he had ever gotten donations from someone and if he had proof of the same is “working together,” then I guess I was. But that was the extent of my “working together” with Democrat Frerichs. I asked a question of an elected official and he responded. That was that. I didn’t even talk to the Senator on the phone!

My integrity was also attacked by a surrogate of Nudo’s over this whole incident. One Eric Bussell of Champaign attacked me on his own blog for reporting about this race. Amusingly, he never addressed Senator Frerichs’s claim that Nudo handed him one of the checks personally whilst expressing his hearty support. Bussell just glossed right over that part of the story in his criticism of me (his commenters even take him to task for it in the comments section). It should be noted that I am not holding Nudo to account for what someone else said, but I just needed to address the criticism of me before I put this all to bed.

Anyway, after all that, Nudo decided that he doesn’t want to be involved in a “vitriolic campaign” for the legislature.

“I just came to the conclusion that this early in the game, with the kind of comments that started even after I announced, and continued like a drumbeat, that I would have to change myself to respond to it,” Nudo said.

Oddly, Nudo also resigned from the Champaign County Board to which he was elected in 2008. His reason was as follows: “I don’t think I can be effective. People will look at me in a jaundiced way and I don’t want to do that.”

I have to say, we can applaud Mr. Nudo’s desire to avoid such a fight. I’m not so sure there was any “vitriol” in this race as from what I’ve seen in the press and from what I personally posted it was issue oriented not personal but it is still admirable that Alan Nudo wanted to spare the voting public any angst.

The Illinois Republican Party needs all the unity it can get and it is good that Nudo is, this far out, giving the public only one Republican to focus on in the race against Democrat Frerichs in November.

We certainly wish Mr. Nudo all the best in his future endeavors

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 BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. Warner is also the editor of the Midwest Editor for RedCounty.com. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com "The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson
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3 Responses to Alan Nudo Quits Race for 52nd District State Senate Seat

  1. Janet says:

    I find your aggressive nature against Mr. Nudo uncalled for. Did it ever occur to you that last go round he thought that Mr. Frierchs was the better person for Champaign County. After giving him a chance to be just that he now sees that Champaign county needs a different choice. A better choice and going after this ridiculous donation issue has cost us a good candidate that would have been good for the county. Instead we will be stuck with more of the same. This is so similar of what is happening on the national stage and we will have the same result is trvial issues over shadow those that really matter. Our economy, jobs, equality, etc. Mr. B. who is now the lone candidate is just what Mr. Frierchs wanted. A much weaker candidate that will not present the challenge that Mr. Nudo would have mounted.. Thanks for nothing……………..

  2. Warner Todd Huston says:

    As a rule I would not support a Democrat with my vote. And when I find Republicans that donate to Democrats that makes them suspect in my view. That is why I wrote these stories in the first place. Further, a primary is for picking the candidate whose ideas you support. The second you start worrying more about “who can win” instead of who has the right policy ideas, that is the second you throw away principles and you end up with Rod Blagojevich. So thank YOU, Janet, for giving us Rod Blagojevich.

  3. Terra Patient says:

    Good luck selling that one to the good people of Champaign County Mr. Huston.

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