"Ms Gerson was removed from leadership for many reasons. First, she has not participated as a member of leadership, having missed all but 1 of the past 5 leadership meetings. Second, she frequently publicly attacks her fellow Republicans, conduct that is unbecoming of a member of Republican leadership. Third, to date not a single one of her attacks have been anything but personal and slanderous, which is not the type of behavior or leadership that I expect from members of my leadership team at the Cook County Republican Party.
If Ms Gerson had substantive information about Mr Curry she would have come forward long ago, rather than a few weeks before an election in an obvious attempt to hurt his campaign."
CHICAGO - Cook County GOP chairman Aaron Del Mar has fired vice-chairman Eloise Gerson after she publicly accused Judicial candidate John Curry of being unfit.
In a February 26 email to Curry and several Cook County GOP leaders, Gerson demanded he [Curry] withdraw from the race for the 13th Judicial Sub-Circuit of Cook County. Thirty minutes later, Del Mar informed Gerson she had been removed from her position as vice-chairman of the Cook County GOP.
"I appreciate your service to the party but your services are no longer needed," Del Mar wrote.
Gerson's accusations against Curry were specific. She explained her call for him to get off the primary ballot, writing:
"I write to demand that you withdraw ... for reasons we both know, namely your vicious and loutish conduct towards me and other Republicans, and your collusion with the Chicago Democrat Machine. A person of your angry, malevolent and devious temperament has no business acting as a Judge, where such a temperament can do great harm to the lives of innocent people."
Gerson alleged that from 2004 to 2012, she had often endured Curry's "inability" to control his anger, as well as his "vilification" of her at specific political and non-political events.
"From a Republican standpoint, your actions over the past ten years have frequently demonstrated a purpose of creating dissention within the Chicago Republican Party, such as your vitriolic verbal outbursts at fellow Republicans at Republican Central Committee meetings, one of which was so bad it caused a fellow Committeeman who barely knew you to stand and confront you on your hateful conduct," Gerson wrote.
Gerson alleged that ten years ago, in the 2004 32nd Ward Republican Committeeman election, Curry was removed from the ballot due to a challenge filed by his opponent, Richard J. Daniels.
"Once you were lawfully knocked off the ballot on ground of insufficient valid signatures, you put out a mailer to the Republican voters of your Ward falsely claiming that 'Recently, The Chicago Democratic Machine pulled out all the stops and got me kicked off of the ballot.' This was an outright lie to the voters. Your false conduct leaves you unfit to be a judge at all, and certainly not a Republican candidate for Cook County Circuit Court Judge," Gerson emailed Curry.
Curry had no comment when asked about the email and Gerson's accusations.
Gerson, who was appointed vice-chairman by Del Mar in 2012, told Illinois Review, "It is a sad day when the messenger of the truth is discarded while the perpetrator of despicable deeds is permitted to carry on with with his facade of 'Mr. Nice Guy.'"
Curry is running against Gary W. Seyring of Schaumburg in GOP primary.