Voting “No” for a Federal Lobbyist

Last week we had a vote to ask the McHenry County Taxpayer to fund pay somewhere between $70 and $82 thousand for a federal lobbyist to represent us in Washington. ┬áIt was covered in the Northwest Herald by Kevin Craver. I have received emails and phone calls about my vote. All were supportive but I wanted you to hear my reasoning behind my vote of “No”.

The board approved the resolution and it is signed into law. Those who voted no were:

Diane Evertsen, R-Harvard
John Hammerand, R-Wonder Lake
Donna Kurtz, R-Crystal Lake
Michael Walkup, R-Crystal Lake
Charles Wheeler, R-McHenry
Andrew Gasser, R-Fox River Grove

This is not about me but about you. You asked me to shrink the size of government. You elected me to make sure your interests were served on the county board. I am keeping my promise to you.

  • randy hansen

    Isn’t it the job of Congressmen to represent the interests of their home district? Or are they now outranked by lobbyists?

  • John Berg

    Problem is, the representative has to spend so much hounding for money that they end up doing a not very good job of representing people. McHenry is looking for a specialist to gain the most possible for McHenry via money, and or they do not think the present representatives are doing a good enough job. Since Citizens United, all bets and theater is off, it really is just about the money.

  • John Berg

    Would be ten times more impressed if the message was reaching out to the democrats and people living here as well, but it is very focused and sadly, just a propaganda tool for one party rule.