INTERVIEW - In the last of a 4-part series, Illinois Review asks more about a topic touched on in Part 3: Why exactly is there such a spirited Republican primary over who sits in the GOP seat designed for a Republican-aligned Board of Review participant?
In this last segment, Palos Park businessman Sean Morrison gets to the heart of why he's running in the GOP primary for Cook County BOR. He says he's disappointed with promises made and impressions left during recent Cook County GOP campaigns.
Morrison, who's given money to Democrats at times throughout the years, defends his admiration for Cook County Commissioner Liz Gorman and his scorn for the inter-party struggles going on in the Cook County GOP:
And then Morrison points to what he says is the heart of the county party's problem: Wheeling Township GOP Committeeman Ruth O'Connell supported a Republican that challenged Orland Park's Liz Gorman for her GOP Commissioner seat in 2008. Then Morrison says he's the best candidate because his opponent, Board of Review Dan Patlak, has his own vulnerabilities.
IR: It appears to us this race is coming down to a payback campaign ...
And, Morrison says, O'Connell's bid for Cook County GOP chairman shows she's interested in dividing the county party.
IR: So you are running for Cook County Board of Review because you're concerned about Republicans retaining the seat in 2012 and you think Patlak can't hold the office?
IR: So are you saying you will not back Patlak in the General Election?
Morrison then speaks frankly, calling Patlak "disingenuous."
IR: So what would be your message to Cook County voters - why they should vote for you in the Cook County GOP primary?
Morrison says, "I'm sure this is one of the edgiest interviews you'll have ...
Listen to IR interviews Sean Morrison, GOP candidate for Cook County BOR Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. A link on Illinois Review's right hand column will provide access to the whole interview with Sean Morrison, GOP candidate for Cook County Board of Review.