I reference your comments made in the March 20 Illinois Review posting on supposedly ‘independent’ campaign contributions. It would seem that in digesting the combined concerns of yourself and Susan Garrett, the arrogance of your displeasure in what you perceive as the need to rein in the spending of independent expenditure groups and their freedom to spend money on elections as they see fit is only exceeded by the naiveté of Garrett’s statement that “… voter turnout is depressed because voters feel disenfranchised because of all of the outside money that is heavily influencing elections."
My sincere request to you is that before you head down a path that advocates the premise that the party is entitled to define and finance candidates more so than independent groups or citizens, that the party ‘establishment’ start recruiting and promoting candidates who best reflect and adhere to the tenets of the party values and principles – not adherence to the self-serving crony politics that permeates the priorities of party insiders.
And as to Susan Garrett’s contention that voters are disenfranchised because of outside money – seriously?! Voters may be disenfranchised, but I will contend that it has nothing to do with campaign contributions and has everything to do with the majority within the political ‘class’ that has an acute hearing deficiency and/or ‘already listening’ when it comes to addressing the needs of voters in a state that is bleeding jobs, citizens, and dollars.
Thank God for people such as Dan Proft and the Liberty Principles PAC, because the type of people they support are those who not only are focused on the true problems of this state, but more importantly, they see and honor their roles as public servants – not self-servants and/or those who pretend to represent what’s best for the Republican Party.
There is much more to the Republican Party than those who play political games, craft careers, and accumulate publically funded pensions. They include those of us who worked hard and walked many miles to defeat many of the party insiders for whom you believe your cronies should have the largest influence in selecting. We are people who are longing for a party that does not compromise what the party purports to represent.
And for the vast majority of voters who succumbed to apathy on Tuesday, I would submit to you that a significant portion of them would become active participants in the political process if the political ‘class’ would reorient their priorities to what best serves this state. Rather than wasting effort on campaign finance reform and whining over your political losses, let’s focus on the fiscal nightmare that this state has put upon the backs of its citizens and come up with public pension reform and fiscal management practices for which true public servants would be proud to claim.
Rick Newton of Wayne, IL