Republican Demons

Over on Cal Skinner’s McHenry County Blog he has an article on Michael Walkup’s opponent Jack Franks.  I am supporting Michael Walkup and I hope you will too.  I am re-posting my comments here.

We have demons in our closet some wish not to disclose. As long as we continue to cover up transgressions from prior regimes of the Republican Party we are susceptible to these kinds of charges.

Alg-Twp-GOP-Nepotism-lit-backWe need to be honest with our nepotism. We need to be honest with the deals that were cut in the past. We have to be honest about our “Republican” board members, state representatives, and mayors who talk a good Republican game but vote and enact some of the most liberal policies around that make Cook County jealous.

The sad truth is the people, the taxpayers, of McHenry County are crying for tax relief and we are not leading. They don’t want Randall Road – the defeated politicians want it… and they got it. Jack Franks shouldn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning – but he does.

As board members we should be ripping all of the local taxing bodies that raise their levies every year while the McHenry County Board holds the levy flat or reduces the levy… As a board we do a very good job… but our good job isn’t good enough.

Randall-D1-mailing-frontTaxRate62 is dead on balls accurate calibrated by a rocket economist. Why can’t the school districts, the park districts, the villages, the fire protection districts, and all the other 110+ taxing bodies in McHenry County Illinois cut their budgets as well?

It is not until we start exposing the Democrats inside our party, who donate to democrats and the democrat party, that things have a chance of getting better. The taxpayers and voters are not stupid. They are fiscally conservative. Think about it:

Incumbent Anna May Miller – Chairman of Transportation – Lost re-election to Tom Wilbeck and Yvonne Barnes.
Incumbent Sue Draffkorn – Chairman of Law and Justice – Lost re-election to Col (Ret) Craig Wilcox and Kay Bates.
Incumbent Carolyn Schofield – Chairman of Planning and Development – Lost election to State Representative to Allen Skillicorn.
Incumbent Tina Hill – Chairman of Management Services – Did not run for county board but lost election to Joe Tirio.

I kept my promise to improve transparency on the McHenry County Board.

I kept my promise to improve transparency on the McHenry County Board.

This isn’t personal – this is just the reality of the situation inside our Republican Party in McHenry County. This isn’t hate speech. This isn’t evil. It is simply the truth. It would be a fair assessment to say that all of these women are much more liberal and fiscally loose than myself. Why did they lose? Nepotism? Philosophy? Last name? I simply, and respectfully, disagree with the way they vote as I am quite certain they disagree with me. It is fine – we can respectfully disagree.

To that end we need to start controlling what we can control. We need to elect LOCAL people who just do not talk a good game but vote the right way on the big ticket items. We need to elect LOCAL people who are not afraid to say the politically incorrect things that make other elected officials “uncomfortable”. We need to elect people with integrity who just don’t make good speeches but show up and vote the right way.

In the space community we have a term: DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION.

A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leaders and alliances.

We need more disruptive innovation in our LOCAL REPUBLICAN PARTY. We need LOCAL disruptors inside the Republican Party who are simply going to say who are not afraid to say what needs to be said. So many local politicians have their deals, their networks, their alliances… but its all built on a house of cards. We cannot continue to keep on keeping on like we are doing in McHenry County.

I will be voting for Michael Walkup and I hope all Republicans do as well.

I can no longer continue to carry the water of some of you – and I won’t.

Andrew Gasser
McHenry County Board, District 1
Algonquin Township Precinct Committeeman

When I ran for office you elected me because I made promises to you.  I promised I wouldn’t take the healthcare.  I promised I wouldn’t take the pension.  I promised I would term limit myself.  I am keeping my promises to you.


*Edit thank you to Cal Skinner.  I did mis-identify Mrs. Carolyn’s race.  It was for state representative and not re-election.  My apologies.