In a surprising display of bi-partisan cooperation in Republican-dominated DuPage County, State Board of Elections records show one Republican wouldn’t have been re-elected if not for his district’s Democrats.
In the contentious 81st House District primary, GOP incumbent State Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove (photo right) was challenged by high school teacher Keith Matune. The race was expensive and pitted the House Republican Organization (HRO) against various conservative groups, including conservative commentator Dan Proft's Liberty Principles PAC.
HRO supported Sandack, GOP conservatives backed Matune. When the election dust settled, Sandack had defeated Matune 6,771 to 6,617 - a mere 154 votes.
Records filed this month with the Illinois State Board of Elections (HERE) show that Democrat State Senator Dan Kotowski (photo right) made robo calls on Sandack’s behalf and declared them as an in kind contribution to Sandack’s campaign.
Kotowski, who has a reputation as a left-wing lawmaker especially interested in gun control, urged Democrats in the 81st House District to pull Republican ballots and vote for Sandack.
In fact, records show 705 individuals who voted Democrat in 2012 pulled a Republican ballot in the 2014 Primary for the 81st House District. Of those 705 who pulled a GOP ballot in 2014, 459 of them voted Democrat in 2012 and 2010.
Apparently, State Rep. Sandack has 81st House District Democrats - and State Senator Kotowski - to thank for re-election.