-By Doug Ibendahl
There they go again. The usual suspects continue to display their small mindedness in an apparent effort to see how much they can shrink the GOP in Illinois. Ironically, while these usual suspects are getting up there in years, their political tantrums are what one would expect from a small child.
Bernie Schoenburg of The State Journal-Register reports that at last week’s Sangamon County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, Erika Harold was not only prevented from speaking, she wasn’t even introduced from the podium at the event.
Meanwhile, incumbent Rodney Davis – who didn’t even attend the event – was allowed to deliver a video welcome from Washington, D.C.
Erika Harold spoke to a national audience as a primetime speaker at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. But she can’t speak to a Lincoln Day audience in her own district in Springfield, Illinois? It’s ridiculous. And even if she wasn’t running for Congress, any intelligent host anywhere would be thrilled to recognize a former Miss America in attendance. Our GOP here is an embarrassing outlier.
Harold and Davis are squaring off in the March 18 GOP Primary for the U.S. Congressional seat for Illinois’ 13th District. A third Republican, Michael Firsching, is also in the race.
Sangamon County GOP Chair Rosemarie Long is an open supporter of Rodney Davis. That’s fine. But it’s quite shameful how she’s misusing her official party position to try and keep the Republican voters she supposedly represents from having the opportunity to vet all of the GOP candidates.
Ms. Long doesn’t seem to understand that here in America we have elections, not coronations…
See the rest at Republican Newswatch.