As the 43rd Disrict turns

As the 43rd Disrict turns

Despite some real effort, no one’s willing to budge on the ongoing Keith Farnham “investigation.” And the reason for those quotes is, whatever tack the Feds are taking, it bears no resemblance to any logic I’ve ever encountered.
To briefly recap, citing health issues, our recently victorious state rep abruptly resigned after ICE seized his home and work computers. The search warrant in question sought “documents in any format or medium pertaining to the possession, receipt, or distribution of child pornography.”
But then those very same federal folks insisted that Farnham wasn’t a suspect and he certainly hasn’t been charged with anything. I suppose the only thing you can be sure of whenever Homeland Security is involved is that you can’t be sure of anything.
Since, like nature, politics abhors a a vacuum, the Democrats started scrambling to find a suitable November replacement. And further eroding my already teetering prophetic track further (it certainly won’t be Governor Rutherford anytime soon), like most of the political spectrum, I had no doubt Elgin Kane County Board Member Cristina Castro would be the anointed one. castromoeller
As Dana Carvey’s stilted John McGlaughlin would automatically exhort, “WRONG!,” because Elgin Alderman Anna Moeller got the nod and I was stunned. It’s not that Anna somehow falls short, it’s just that, given Cristina’s great relationship with Governor Quinn, some things seemed obvious.
Apparently, what really happened is, Cristina’s fiance, Joe McKeown, who toils for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and has some heft with the local Democrats, lobbied a wee bit too hard on his betrothed’s behalf.
Ah! The lengths to which we weak males will go to for the favor of a fair maiden! And by the time we realize the error of our marital ways, it’s far too late. Then our only solace is mastering the phrase, “yes dear!”
So somewhat annoyed with Mr McKeown’s relentless lobbying, Kane County Democrats turned to Ms. Moeller instead.
Again, please let me definitively state that Anna Moeller is no consolation prize. Her socially liberal, yet fiscally conservative stances mirror my own and she will do very well in Springfield if for no other reason than she’s certainly shown the capacity to handle adversity (see the TLC kerfuffle).

Jeff Meyer
Jeff Meyer

To be fair, the promising new leadership team of Hartwell and Skillicorn hasn’t had nearly enough time to make their presence felt, but the Kane County GOP, once again, whiffed on a magical opportunity. Beating Moeller in the fall will be a daunting prospect for any candidate, but instead of coming up with an up and coming Hispanic contender, they’re going with Elgin Attorney Jeff Meyer.
When will Republicans realize that, if they have any hope of retaining relevancy, they better start embracing our Latino brothers and sisters. The really oughtta remember what Ronald Reagan said.
Don’t get me wrong, Jeff’s a good guy. It’s just that he has a peculiar and masochistic tendency of tilting at Democratic windmills. Given her county board constituent care, no Republican is ever gonna unseat Deb Allen and, in the highly Democratic 43rd, a seasoned pro like Anna Moeller will make make mincemeat out of Meyer.
In fact, I’m so sure of this inevitable outcome that, not only did I bet a prominent KC Republican lunch at the Elgin Public House, but I spotted him five points. The other stipulation is he will have to wear a sign reading, “I love liberals like Jeff Ward” for a 24 hour period.
Who said politics can’t be fun!

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