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April 20, 2006

A new chairman, an old chairman...

County political parties in Illinois held their biennial conventions last night.

In Rock Island County, the Republicans picked Susie Carpentier as their new chairman, to replace Tom Getz who announced several weeks ago he would not seek another term.

John Gianulis was re-elected Dem chairman, a post he's held for well more than 30 years. He told the D/A's Kurt Allemeier this morning that he'll be appointing people to fill 41 vacant precinct committeeman slots sometime soon. The appointees may or may not get to vote on naming someone to replace Lane Evans as the party's congressional candidate, depending on the outcome of various legal questions.

The new Republican central committee officials named Lt. Kraig Schwigen as the party's candidate for Rock Island County sheriff. No one sought the GOP nomination in the March primary, leaving an open slot the new central committee is entitled to fill.

Schwigen will face Mike Huff in the general election. Huff, also a long-time sheriff's deputy, defeated incumbent Mike Grchan in the Dem primary.

Please share any tidbits from the conventions, if you attended one of them.

Posted by jcb at April 20, 2006 10:28 AM


John, the RI County Dem meeting was pretty straight forward. After a little bit of nostalgiac reflections on his past, John Gianulis accepted the unanimous yes vote to serve another two years as county chairman.
I think Doug House and Arthur Winstein seconded the motions. Gianulis stressed the need to work toward party unity between now and November. Then the meeting broke up into an informal punch and cookie reception.

Posted by: anonymous at April 20, 2006 03:11 PM

schwigen said he did not get on the republican ballot in December because he was too busy at Christmas. PLEASE. He could not even look up when saying it, it was such B. S.

Posted by: me at April 20, 2006 04:09 PM

Schwigen was not on the ballot because he is a smart man. Why let his interest be known, if not necessary? By doing this he allowed Huff/ Grtchen to beat each other up, spend a lot of money and be (possibly) a little more depleted for the general election. Seems to be a wise move.

Posted by: havinfun at April 21, 2006 08:50 AM

How much would he have spent unopposed on the republican ballot? Grchan and Huff conducted a clean race and both would have spent what it takes to win the primary, because the victor of every democratic primary, county wide, wins the general. Caucusing instead of petitioning is a method used by people who wait to see who wins. Schwigen was not on either ballot because Grchan and he are close. Schwigen is a democratic voter in all primaries.

Posted by: Political geek at April 21, 2006 11:19 PM

Sorry to break it to you geek, but Huff ran a very negative campaign propelled by AFSCME's attack letters and misrepresentations.

Posted by: PatSimons at April 22, 2006 10:33 AM

Political geek,

1. It is not what Shwigen would have spent on a primary, but at the same time - why spend anything if it is not necessary? It is a matter of not tipping his hand to the opponent if not necessary - and it was not necessary.

2. Close to Grchan - are you kidding? Grchan busted him of everything when he found out Schwigen was going to run.

It was politically wise to not be known early on.

Posted by: havinfun at April 25, 2006 08:27 AM

I guess if you call telling the truth about someone and it is not good, negative, then I guess you could call that a negative campaign.

There was nothing made up, just truths. Sometimes truths hurt. The public needed to know.

Mr. Schwigen has many skeletons in his closet as well. I'm sure that these also will be made known.

Posted by: Anonymous at April 28, 2006 08:19 AM

You can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear! Huff ran a highly negative campaign. He will pay for it come the general elction!

Posted by: JUDGESTAR at April 28, 2006 09:07 AM

What proof do you people have that Huff ran a negative campaign. Thats kind of funny, because both men (Grchan and Huff) where complimented on how much of a clean campaign both parties ran.

Sounds like a bunch of retaric by someone close to Schwidgen. Don't just say it, I dare you to prove it. You can't.

Schwidgen's credability will soon enter the picture. He says to the Republicans, that he is a solid Republican and that there has never been anyone worth voting for in the primary as a Republican. Wow, thats a kick in the pants! He has always voted Dem., except for this last primary. Only because he had to, to be eligable to run as a Republican. His campaign manager is a Democrat. He is sorrounding himself with Democrats. I think he lied when he said he is a Republican. I think already being decietful this early is not a good thing.

This man (Schwidgen) has already shown that he is a liar and will do anything to further advance himself. Sounds a lot like George W. the President. Lie, cheat, and steel all for his personal agenda.

Posted by: Anonymous at April 29, 2006 08:24 AM

Hey jstar, I bet you and the few R. I. Co. republicans lose every election this fall in our area, and the governor's race. This is not a year for R's, if there ever is one. You cound not have a worst group. And the CATASTROPHIC EMBARRASSMENT goes to: Schwigen and his sidekick jstar. Zinga will get to watch her fellow "monitor readers," read her doom.

Posted by: Winner's team at April 29, 2006 04:45 PM

anon 8:24 a.m. -- Whatever the tone of Huff's campaign, you seem determined to be as negative as possible -- "This man (Schwidgen) has already shown that he is a liar and will do anything to further advance himself."

A bit negative, that, wouldn't you say?

Posted by: jcb at April 29, 2006 06:50 PM