“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

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Moving From Campaigning to Representing

State SealI’ve waited to discuss the outcome of the election, not because I didn’t feel that I owed you a comment, but to allow it to sink in. The days since November 8 have been a whirlwind, but now the dust has settled.

First and foremost, I want to thank my wife Deb for her support and understanding during all these months of solitary dinners and neglected household chores. Throughout the campaign she was my gracious silence, and my rock.

To those who supported me with their votes, I simply say that I will do my best to justify your confidence. For those who didn’t, I ask that you give me the opportunity to show you that I am representing you as well. To all the citizens of the 63rd District, I want you to know that your interests will always come before mine or those of anyone else.

On election night I received a very gracious phone call from John Bartman congratulating me on my win. He’s to be commended for standing up and taking on the challenge of running for this office, and I wish him nothing but the best.

Much has been said about the amount of money spent on this race, and it’s something that I cannot leave without comment.

This is the first time in my recollection that there has been anything like this in McHenry County. We’ve seen other races where millions have been spent, but we never thought it would happen here. But it did.

At the outset, I insisted that my campaign maintain a positive message, that it focus on the issues that confront us all: property taxes, business-friendly reforms and jobs. For the most part, that became the theme of the campaign and I’m proud of that. Both sides threw some elbows, but I insisted that this race would not become personal, and it didn’t. To his credit, John’s campaign held to the high ground as well. That can’t be said for most of the other races in this State.

The thing that embarrasses me is the sheer volume of mail pieces, radio ads and other media that blanketed the District. I know that name recognition is key to anyone getting elected to public office. But I also know that there’s a point of diminishing returns, and that point was reached weeks ago. The fact that there were millions of dollars available to spend doesn’t mean that they needed to be spent. While I was the beneficiary of many of those dollars, in no way does that make it any less disturbing. On behalf of those who thought that more was better, I apologize.

Finally, to those who’ll say that my election was bought and paid for, let me say this: I’m not so naïve as to not know where the bulk of my funding came from. But while the money might have been theirs, the message was mine. I’m going to Springfield with that message and will work to move the needle toward lower property taxes, less regulation and more opportunity for the people of the 63rd District and for the State of Illinois. My loyalty is to you and to those principles, and no other. McHenry County voters have long insisted upon independence from their representatives; I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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If You See Something, Say Something

Hanging ChadWith everything that’s at stake tomorrow, we will have an attorney available at our campaign office all day to field calls from voting locations throughout the 63rd District. If you see anything that looks out of the ordinary, or have any questions about voting procedures, please call (815) 236-9624.

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Last Minute Desperation from the Bartman Campaign

It’s one thing to exaggerate or twist what someone says to make it sound like something else, but when a campaign resorts to bald-faced lies, you know that they know that the end is near.

We’re mere days from the November election (thank God!), and this piece of drivel showed up in the mailbox yesterday:

Retirement Tax

The piece references the candidate questionnaire printed by the Woodstock Independent on March 5, 2014 to prove its point. Trouble is, it’s pretty easy to check those things in this internet age. Here’s that questionnaire:

Wdstk Independent March 5 2014Nowhere does it talk about taxing retirement income. If there’s anything I’ve been consistent on, it’s that I will not, under any circumstances, support the taxation of retirement income. That includes pensions, IRA distributions and social security income. I’ve written about it here and here.

It’s sad that someone who bills himself as being “one of our own” will resort to lying to his own just to get elected. I don’t know what’s worse: people who lie or people who think I’m stupid enough to believe the lie.

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An Open Letter to Parents, Taxpayers and Teachers

With the ridiculous number of pieces showing up in everyone’s mailboxes, I can’t blame you if you’re past the point of looking to see who’s sending them and what they say. However, there are some particular lies that are being spread about me by my opponent’s camp that cannot go unanswered. I’ve decided to answer them here rather than rush out and clutter your mailbox with a response to this drivel. If you take the time to read this, I thank you.

Open Letter

 

 

 

 

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The Abortion Industry is Pulling Out All the Stops

Personal PPay for AbortionAC must have a lot of money burning a hole in its pocket because it’s sure been busy sending mailers into the district. I just got the second, which says that I said in their 2016 candidate questionnaire that I would defund Planned Parenthood.

I have called for the state to stop funding Planned Parenthood, but I certainly didn’t waste any of my time saying so on Personal PAC’s questionnaire.  Given the indefensible practices of Planned Parenthood selling body parts of aborted babies it just didn’t seem to be worth the effort. I was never going to get their endorsement, even if I had sought it.

The mailer goes on to say that my opponent supports the “important” work of an abortion mill that cloaks its true mission by shouting about providing other services that can be obtained in any health clinic or hospital. The piece also says that my opponent respects women.

Left unsaid is how much he respects life.

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