WASHINGTON DC - If Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy is voted in Thursday to replace Eric Cantor, who resigned the Majority Leader post last week, Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam is in the running to succeed McCarthy.
Roskam has obtained half of the Illinois Republican delegation's support - but he's failed to grab Aaron Schock, John Shimkus or Adam Kinzinger's thus far. Shock is actively supporting Rep. Steve Scalise for the Majority Whip spot. Shimkus has remained quiet on how he intends to vote because Scalise is one of four that share a DC townhouse during session. Kinzinger is keeping his thoughts to himself until after Thursday's possible vote.
But a local Republican came out Wednesday blasting Roskam for how he handled a district political mess that has outraged transparency advocate Adam Andrzejewski.
"In 2012, Roskam chose to support a corrupt Republican culture in his hometown of Wheaton and Milton Township, rather than clean up the local GOP," Andrzejewski wrote in an email entitled "Think Twice about Peter Roskam" to Open the Books followers.
Remember the investigation of Milton Township in the summer of 2012 by For The Good of Illinois PAC? Andrzejewski wrote. He tore into Roskam, State Rep. Jeanne Ives and Milton Township Chris Heidorn:
With Milton Township's Chris Heidorn as Supervisor, here's a summary:
- up to tens of thousands of dollars spent in undocumented gas purchases
- thousands of dollars spent dining in local restaurants
- taxpayer funded out-of-town travel junkets and fine dining
- alleged use of township assets used over multiple election cycles to help candidates run for office- including State Rep. Jeanie Ives
- video and audio surveillance of employees and residents without any signs or notice
- alleged repeated instances of drinking and driving in township van
- no-bid contracts and contracts let to relatives
- falsification of official budget
"What did Peter Roskam do?" Andrzejewski wrote. "To stop any reform, Roskam issued an early, strong endorsement of the incumbents. Roskam called Heidorn and crew-- men of integrity and good government, fiscal conservatives. Nothing could be further from the truth."
Roskam does not deserve a promotion to Majority Whip, Andrzejewski said. Andrzejewski has been appearing throughout the nation on news reports about his Open the Books data base on the salaries of government officials, and most recently focused on the VA hospital scandal.