Oh no she di’int!
Look! Larry and I take Left, Right and You seriously, but we don’t put all that much stock in ourselves because well…nobody else does. But whenever a guest comes on the show and answers our questions in a thoughtful and direct manner, we take that very seriously.
So when 66th District State Rep candidate Carolyn Schofield ripped an Allen Skillicorn Left, Right and You answer completely out of context, Larry and I were not amused.
For purposes of full disclosure, not only is Allen also a 66th District State Rep contender, but he toiled as the right half of Left, Right and You for a number of years. With that caveat issued, anyone who listened to the show back then can tell you just how contentious our relationship can be.
But back to the matter at hand.
Schofield sent out a mailer claiming that, in response to a question about Rauner possibly having to go along with a tax increase, Allen said, “That’s a time when I need to sit on my hands.” That quote may technically be true, but it’s not nearly the whole story.
The question actually was, “What three things should any State Rep always keep in mind.” The point being that the direction the candidate takes is equally as important as the answer itself. To my surprise, the man I once considered to be quite the political ideologue, answered it perfectly.
Allen said that his tenure as Kane County Deputy Republican Chairman taught him that there are times you need to shout from the rafters, there are times you need to move the process along, and there are times when you need sit on your hands.
So I added something to the effect of, “To resolve the current budget impasse, some Republicans are probably going to have to go along with some sort of tax increase.” That’s when Allen talked about sitting on his hands.
But what he clearly meant was, there times you press your point, there are times you go with the flow, AND THERE ARE TIMES YOU NEED TO COMPROMISE, a concept which is often lost on even veteran politicians. Please consider Springfield for the perfect example.
In no way did Allen hint, imply, or suggest he wouldn’t fight a tax increase as Ms. Schofield’s mailer would have you believe. He simply noted that the only way to get to that political promised land is through a series of well-crafted compromises. And if enduring a short-term tax hike was part of that equation, then so be it.
And that is absolutely the correct answer to that question.
We will talk much more about Ms. Schofield’s mendacious ways on today’s (3/10) Left, Right and You, but I do find it particularly egregious when a politician turns a good answer into something nefarious. It clearly speaks to character and the capacity to govern, or the lack thereof
I’m still wondering how she’s going to turn the State around after accepting over $50,000 in union campaign contributions. Vote for Allen folks, he’s clearly the better choice.