MAINE TOWNSHIP - The job of township party committeeman is more often than not a thankless one, but still a job that is key in determining the success and direction of a local party organization. Next Tuesday, party primaries will include picking a township GOP committeeman just north of the O'Hare Airport area in Maine Township, where a bloody tug-of-war between the party's Left and Right is breaking out.
Photos of a mailing about to emerge in Maine Township attacking Republican challenger Char Foss-Eggemann and promoting veteran Maine Township Supervisor Carol Teschky were released by the Foss-Eggemann campaign Wednesday afternoon. The flyers are expected to hit Maine Township Republican mailboxes Friday or Saturday.
The controversial mailers review former GOP candidate Susan Sweeney's 2012 effort to fill then-retiring State Rep. Rosemary Mulligan's seat, and blame Foss-Eggemann for Republicans losing in the House. That year, instead of supporting the Republican candidate Sweeney, Mulligan double-crossed the Maine Township GOP and threw her political might behind a Democrat that went on to win the seat, State Rep. Marty Moylan (D-Park Ridge).
The assertions on the Teschky mailer drew Sweeney out Wednesday to defend Foss-Eggeman against claims that Foss-Eggemann effectively helped Madigan in 2012.
“Two years ago Carol Teschky’s political mentors supported Marty Moylan. On the other hand, Char fought with me each and every day to defeat Marty Moylan and Mike Madigan,” said Sweeney. “To state that Char did anything to help Madigan or Moylan is an outright lie."
Sweeney called for Teschky to cut off the mailing before it's sent to township party faithful.
"Carol Teschky needs to stop that mail immediately, as it defames Char and me, and I will take every step I can to ensure that every Republican in Maine Township is aware of this false and slanderous attack.”
Foss-Eggemann pointed to polling that says she's polling over 20 points ahead of the Teschky in the race.
“Recently the Illinois Review posted polling results showing me with a commanding lead, up 40-19 among all Republicans, and up 79-13 amongst those who know both me and the career politician I am running against,” said Foss-Eggemann. “History shows that when a career politician is in danger of losing their power, they lash out in a panic and will say whatever will help them hold a death grip on patronage and contracts.”
Currently the mail piece in question is at a mail house, and has not yet been addressed, but could hit mailboxes late in the week. The Foss-Eggeman campaign urges voters to call Carol Teschky (847) 724-8324 and voice their displeasure over her last minute false attacks.