Governor Quinn Steals McSweeney’s Idea – McSweeney Role Model for McHenry County Sheriff’s Race

PRRv2The Northwest Herald is reporting that Governor Quinn stole David McSweeney’s (R-Barrington) idea to halt lawmaker salaries until the $100 million dollar pension problem has a workable solution.  Moreover, the paper says that it was the right decision.  Read it for yourself.

When McSweeney was running against Dee Beaubian (I D – Barrington) for state representative there was never a doubt in my mind who would win – David McSweeney.  However, there were a few Republicans who told me directly, privately, that Dave was just “too conservative” for the district, I disagreed… and we all know how that turned out.

We all need to take a moment and realize what McSweeney is doing.  What makes McSweeney so special?  Why does McSweeney run circles, laps, marathons, around other Republicans?  The answer is really quite simple:

State Representative David McSweeney

State Representative David McSweeney

No one elected in the state of Illinois is articulating conservatism like David McSweeney.

Dave believes in conservative principles that made, keyword made, the Republican party great.  He is not a “moderate” or a “progressive conservative”.   He can explain conservative principles in a way that makes the majority, THE MAJORITY, agree with him.  Dare I say Reaganesque?

When you can articulate conservatism really well you end up with Republicans, traditional Democrats, independents, and even some moderates all agreeing with you.  Its just common sense.  Its not easy in fact it is incredibly difficult – its why there are so many democrats – its just easier.

Dave called for the suspension of lawmaker’s pay long before Quinn ever decided to do it (or build up the courage to do so)… and that is called leadership.  Dave is leading when no one else is.  Let us all hope it doesn’t go unnoticed.

We are in a very dark time in Illinois.  We know there is corruption in Illinois and corruption here in McHenry County.  If you want to stand and fight we have a champion who will stand and fight for liberty, freedom, and common sense… his name is David McSweeney.  If you want to keep the status quo, the unscrupulous policies that make headlines when they are finally uncovered, and or are enjoying the benefits of crony capitalism that has infected this state and county – you know who to support in the sheriff’s race.


Governor Quinn – HuffPo

And before you come off half-cocked about mixing apples and fingers holding up roofs hear me out.  It takes courage to lead.  It is incredibly difficult to be out there all alone taking the spears from the Democrats and some “Republicans”.  It takes integrity to do what is right!  McSweeney is doing just that – leading and doing what is right.

Quinn would have never taken the action he did without David McSweeney.  Heck – lets have some intellectual honesty here:

Could Quinn even come up with this idea by himself?


Candidate for Sheriff Bill Prim speaks with a constituent.

The same can be said about the local sheriff’s race.  Its hard to be out there alone calling out people.  It is downright frightening going up against people who have enormous power… too much power.  So should we just “sit down and shut up” or should we say what is right?

If McSweeney can stand up to the powers that be in Springfield surely I can do the same here in McHenry County.

That is why I, Andrew Gasser, will walk for David McSweeney and that is why I will walk for Bill Prim.  Feel free to join me.


Wonderful Parade Weather

Compared to last year – the weather for parades has been absolutely wonderful.  I had the chance to participate in two parades this year.  The Barrington Parade was an absolute blast.  In the Barrington Parade I had the distinct privilege of walking with State Representative David McSweeney.

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Team McSweeney in the Barrington Parade.
Credit: Larry Emery

Dave is doing a magnificent job for us downstate tackling the tough issues a lot of people would rather not talk about.  Issues like pension reform, spending, and taxation.  Coming back home so many people think that this is just how it is… but I assure you as someone who grew up in Illinois, joined the military and traveled around the United States, and then returned home, taxation in Illinois is NOT NORMAL.

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Local activist Chris Yaeger, Algonquin Township Trustee Larry Emery, and Republican Precinct Committeeman Andrew Gasser.

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I finally got to meet Nick Sauer. What an awesome leader. He is doing the tough business in Lake County and providing invaluable leadership.


Margaret Thatcher Sauer

Annual Right to Life Pig Roast

Every year Mrs. Irene Napier (Crystal Lake) opens her home to those who believe that life is a divine gift.  The divine gift that is life.


Bill Prim and Irene Napier.

Many people were there and it was a really good time.  From my vantage point there were more people here this year than last.  You can read about the event over at Cal Skinner’s McHenry County Blog – but I wanted to add some of my own photos:


The event was catered by Billy’s BBQ of Spring Grove. The pig was delicious.

The pig was absolutely delicious.  The event was catered by the fine folks at Billy’s BBQ in Spring Grove.  Yes I am shamelessly plugging this fantastic local eatery and yes it is that good.

There were many local folks there as well as public figures.  All for Republican candidates for governor were there.

    • State Senator Bill Brady
    • State Senator Kirk Dillard
    • State Treasurer Dan Rutherford
    • Businessman Bruce Rauner

Also in attendance was Bill Prim who is running to be your next sheriff in McHenry County.  You can visit his website at and he also has a Facebook page that I recommend you all take a look at as well.


Candidate for McHenry County Sheriff and myself.

On a personal note, it was so incredibly humbling to be recognized by Illinois State Representative David McSweeney.  Dave is doing just an amazing job representing us all here in the 52nd State Representative District.  For him to take 30 seconds and speak about me personally, point me out in the crowd, and watch everyone look at me was like nothing I have experienced before.  It was just amazing and completely unexpected.

David McSweeney and Bruce Rauner conversed. In the background, barely recognizable without his cowboy hat, is Andrew Gasser. – Courtesy of McHenry County Blog.

In this final photo Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Sanchez is seen with Bill Prim and Ms. Patti Wuich.


Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Sanchez poses for a photo with Bill Prim and Patti Wuich.



In Her Own Words – Donna Kurtz

mc-mental-healthThere has been a lot of information floating around about the McHenry County Mental Health Board (MHB) and some of it critics.  Often times, they get painted in a light that is less than favorable.  Criticism is is part of the job description as a member of the county board… it just comes with the territory.

Above is Donna Kurtz’s (Crystal Lake) comments before the McHenry County Board from last week. They are unedited and cannot be taken out of context. I challenge everyone to listen to the comments of everyone who has come before the county board and make your own determination on who is really fighting for those who want good government and those who wants to maintain the status quo.

I think it is self evident.

Defining Administration Costs Before the Board

At the county board meeting on June 4th Mrs. Virginia Peschke addressed the board members about what administrative costs were.  I respectfully disagree with everything Mrs. Peschke said.  I also wanted to respond with the facts and be able to back them up with sourced data that you can verify.

Mrs. Pescke said:

The McHenry Mental Health Board said they speant six percent on administration and that they were talking about salaries and benefits. And we all know that is the big expenditure and that is what most people think of as administration…

This is her quote taken verbatim and is not out of context.  I would like to supply you with the definition college students around the United States learn when they take accounting.  The textbook is called Introduction to Managerial Accounting and it is published by McGraw-Hill.

The definition of Administrative Costs is located in Chapter One, page 23 and it reads as follows:

Administrative Costs include all costs associated with general management of an organization and not the manufacturing and selling (of a product or service).

There is so much more to administrative costs than just salaries and benefits.  We have building costs and upkeep, the electric bill, water and sewer, computer costs, telecommunications.  The list is long.

I believe Board Member Ken Koehler when he says it is important to know what the facts are… and I really wanted to clarify this statement to the board.

On a personal note, it was really a wonderful experience to stand before and speak to our elected leaders.  It was a very moving moment for me to speak – thank you for the opportunity.

Dan Duffy Marches in Libertyville Parade

I received a call last week from one of the leaders at the Dan Duffy Team asking if I would march in the parade with Dan… of course I would. I was joined by Algonquin Township Trustee and committeeman Larry Emery of Crystal Lake. While the day started off rainy by the time we kicked off the parade it was cool, overcast, and not an ounce of humidity.

Senator Duffy speaks with one of his constituents.

Senator Duffy speaks with one of his constituents before the parade kicked off.

Many of you may not know that each state senator represents two state representatives. In Dan’s case, he works closely with State Representatives David McSweeney and Ed Sullivan.

State Senator Dan Duffy and State Representative Ed Sullivan before the parade.

State Senator Dan Duffy and State Representative Ed Sullivan before the parade.

The parade route was packed and it was really nice to see the response both of these gentlemen had from the crowd.