Before we get started, let’s do the whole caveat thing first. When you run for county chair on an anti-cronyism platform as Chris Lauzen did, you set yourself up for all kinds of heartache when you hire a friend to work in animal control.
Though Rob Sauceda is eminently qualified for the job, it’s not the choice I’d have made if for no other reason than it gave the typical whiners a reason to justify their utterly meaningless existence.
With those stipulations boldly issued, County Board Member Mike Kenyon’s “editorial” in today’s Chronicle was so far beyond the pale that I barely know where to begin. Thankfully, that’s never stopped me before.
It’s so bad that the standard pot and kettle analogy doesn’t begin to do it justice. How Kenyon could write the words, “Never, at any time, has my family, or myself, attempted to gain influence from my position on the Kane County Board,” without immediately bursting into flames is beyond me.
In an apparent effort to defend himself against the “scurrilous” accusations of one Chris Lauzen, Kenyon went on to describe how he and his utterly altruistic family have “donated” vast tracts of land to U-46 and the County for a mere pittance of $300.
Perhaps we should nominate Mike for sainthood.
But the land deal he conveniently forgot to mention in his propaganda is Peck Road. You see, I regularly run right through some of Mr. Kenyon’s former farmland.
And despite sitting right there on the committee that considered that transaction, not filing the required letter to the county, nor disclosing his interest in the deal, Kane County purchased some or all of that land between Keslinger Rd. and Rt. 38 for a purported right-of-way.
Meanwhile, Kenyon continues to farm those acres. I wonder if he pays any rent?
Despite some concerned folks’ best efforts to determine exactly what the county bought and exactly what they paid a SITTING BOARD MEMBER for it, former Chairman McConnaughay stonewalled them at every turn. If you recall, when she wasn’t soliciting contributions from county contractors, turning down FOIA requests was her favorite pastime.
When you consider his tenure as Kane County Republican Chairman, his ongoing South Elgin antics, and his time on the County Board, it would be easier to list the instances in which Mike has not benefited from his political position than to cite the times he did.
And all this self-enrichment came at a time when he presided over the now almost inevitable demise of the Kane County Republican Party. Kenyon’s election track record was so abysmal he couldn’t even put a quality candidate like Steve Rauschenberger over the top of a self-destructive lunatic like Elgin State Senator Mike Noland.
Kenyon also had the nerve to write, “…the issue in question was whether a certain person should be hired, based on his/her personal association with the Chairman.”
Mike! How can you even say something like that when “cronyism” is your fricken’ middle name? Your South Elgin exploits are legendary (and about to become very public) and folks like you and Board Member Mark Davoust insisted upon huddling with Chairman McConnaughay while she hired and appointed generally unqualified FOKS (friends of Karen) like:
- Mary Lawrie
- Phil Bus
- Chris Dudley
- Andy Raucci
- Jan Carlson
- Caryl Van Overmeiren
- Paul Greviskes
- Jim Hansen
- Pat Jaeger
- Paul Kuehnert
- Ken Cameron
- Mitchell Radman
- Tracy McDonald-Ramsey
And I could go on for days!
For freakin’ god sakes, former County Development Director Phil Bus’ $110, 000 annual pension is more than two times Sauceda’s salary! And Kenyon suddenly has cohones to complain about it now?
Ain’t it amazing how some folks suddenly get political religion when they’re no longer on the inside.
And lastly, Kenyon actually had the temerity to say this, “Character assassinations should never become a substitute for discussing any issue, based on its merits. As leaders, we cannot allow this type of behavior to continue.”
Mike, I clearly remember the video gaming ban repeal board meeting because I was sitting right there. And where was that altruistic sentiment when you, Bill Wyatt, Gerry Jones, John Fahy and Cathy Hurlbut unleashed the kind of verbal assault on Bonnie Kunkel, Barb Wojnicki and Drew Frasz that made an ultimate fighting cage match seem mild by comparison?
As far as character assassination goes Mike, you have nothing to worry about. You have no character left to kill.