MCHENRY - Republican candidate for attorney general Paul Schimpf visited with Algonquin Township Republicans this week. McHenry County blogger Cal Skinner reported Schimpf's message had three key points:
- “It’s between me and Lisa Madigan.” On an ideological scale where Michael Moore is a one and Rush Limbaugh a 10, Schimpf said he would be “about a 7.” “I’m a lot closer to the center than Lisa is.” He pointed to a U.S. Supreme Court decision on which Madigan filed a brief that was decided 9-0 for the other side. That meant liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg even disagreed with Madigan.
- The “kind of Attorney General’s Office we’re going to have.” Now, Schimpf said the office is on the “ABC Plan–Anything But Corruption.” Lisa Madigan concentrates on consumer protection, her opponent says. “Fighting corruption will be my number one priority.” He said the Attorney General’s Office for the last twelve years has been “just another cog in the governmental machine.”
- “A referendum on the political system and political family that has failed our state.” Schimpf touted his independence from “the political hacks of either political party.” He said he was not recruited by the Republican Party. “If elected, my loyalty will be to the people of the State of Illinois.”