Scott Lietzow, backed by Cook County GOP Chairman Aaron Del Mar, is challenging Art Niewiardowski, who was picked by current Elk Grove Township GOP Committeeman Mike Sweeney's to succeed him. And the competition is intensifying as the March 18th GOP primary nears.
Sweeney sent out the following presser Wednesday morning, entitled "Response to Scott Lietzow"
One of our speakers at our December meeting was Scott Lietzow, a candidate for Elk Grove Township Republican Committeeman. During the April 2013 election he was also the campaign manager for Carl Arriaza, a candidate for Mount Prospect Trustee. At our meeting, Mr. Lietzow stated that I pulled my endorsement of Carl Arriaza which caused him to lose that election. In deference to our other guests, I refrained from responding to that outrageous statement. However, after many individuals contacted me with questions about his remark, and since Mr. Lietzow didn't tell the whole story, I believe I need to set the record straight.
During the 2013 consolidated election, Carl Arriaza asked for my support. I told him I would give him my endorsement under one condition, that he run a clean campaign. Mr. Arriaza agreed so I publicly endorsed him. However, in the period leading up to that election, Scott Lietzow and Carl Arriaza issued a patently deceitful press release. In that release, they labeled duly elected trustees “appointed trustees” in an effort to mislead our voters. I refuse to have my name associated with a campaign or candidate who purposely lies to the electorate. After reading this news release I contacted the campaign and when they declined to retract their deceptive comments I was forced to pull my endorsement.
I have been both an appointed official and an elected official. I was honored to be appointed by colleagues, but absolutely humbled to be elected by voters. To label a duly elected official "appointed" in an effort to diminish their legitimate standing is not only dishonest, but it shows utter disdain for the electoral process and disrespect to those individuals who take the time to engage in the democratic process.
I thought you should know the whole truth.
Elk Grove Township