PARK RIDGE - Last week, in a shocking betrayal of the Republican Party, Rosemary Mulligan endorsed Democrat Marty Moylan for the office of State Representative. Mulligan’s stated reasons to the media were twofold: Moylan’s pro-abortion agenda, which she shares, and Mulligan’s vendetta against House Republican Leader Tom Cross.
This week, Mulligan went even further by endorsing Democrat Dan Kotowski for State Senate.
The Republican Women of Park Ridge condemn Mulligan’s actions and call for her immediate resignation as Maine Twp. Republican Committeeman for the following reasons:
First, it is an unfortunate reality that disagreement exists regarding abortion in both political parties. However, despite our differences, Republicans always stand together on many basic questions of principle. Republicans believe that it is the duty of the government to respect and protect the individual as a self-reliant person. Republicans also believe in private enterprise and support free markets. These are the very principles that Illinois Democrats have dispensed of, bringing our state to near ruin.
Maine Township Republican candidates - including 55th District State Representative nominee Susan Sweeney and 28th District State Senate nominee Jim O’Donnell - stand on the front line each day and endure the blows of the Democratic Machine. They do this on our behalf because they stand for the Republican principles outlined above, the only true path for revival of our state. These private citizens’ brave and honorable efforts mean nothing to Mulligan.
Next, it is outrageous that, aside from a single major policy difference with the duly nominated Republican candidates, Mulligan publicly admitted that her endorsement of Moylan was based upon resentment toward Tom Cross. Mulligan, not Cross, is solely responsible for her failure to obtain the signatures required to run in the primary for re-election as State Representative.
Mulligan forgets that she is the elected Republican leader of Maine Township. Republicans elected her to lead based upon her promise to support other Republicans. Mulligan has not been true to her word, and she has failed to lead. True leaders do not dictate by fiat; true leaders respectfully listen to other opinions and then take an honest and principled stance on behalf of the group.
Mulligan stated repeatedly on the record that she would never support Sweeney - only days after Sweeney’s announcement as a write-in candidate and without knowing Sweeney. Still, we had hoped she would rise to her duty as the elected Republican Party leader, as the Maine Twp. Committeeman, and support Sweeney and O’Donnell after being selected by primary voters. It is adolescent to betray these Republican candidates and the voters in Maine Township because of hurt feelings.
More than ever the Republican Women of Park Ridge are gravely concerned about the future of Illinois. We call for true Republican leadership in Maine Township and demand that Rosemary Mulligan step down post-haste from her Committeeman position.
The group’s statement was issued by Charlene Foss-Eggemann, President of Republican Women of Park Ridge. It follows a call last Wednesday by Cook County GOP Chairman Aaron Del Mar for Mulligan’s resignation from her party post.