In the News – Northwest Herald

crossposted from the Northwest Herald:

Objections filed to petitions for local House, Senate districts
By KEVIN P. CRAVER – Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Candidates in both of McHenry County’s contested GOP primaries for the General Assembly are facing objections to their petitions.

David McSweeney, running for the 52nd House District against Rep. Kent Gaffney and Danielle Rowe, filed challenges Monday with the Illinois State Board of Elections to disqualify their petitions. Chad Koppie, who dropped out of the race for the 33rd Senate District, challenged the candidacy of Craig Powers.

McSweeney’s challenge alleges that Gaffney, R-Lake Barrington, illegally used state government staff to circulate petitions, and that the true identities of the circulators were masked, making any signatures they collected ineligible, McSweeney, of Barrington Hills, said in a news release.

He alleges that many of Rowe’s signatures came from outside the 52nd District, and therefore don’t count.

“I have taken this step in order to sustain the
integrity of the petition process and to respect the high ethical standards that the people of the 52nd should expect from candidates and elected officials,” McSweeney wrote.

Gaffney’s campaign declined comment because they had not yet been served with a copy of the objection.

Rowe, of Island Lake, could not be reached for comment.

Republican leadership selected Gaffney earlier this year to fill the remaining term of Mark Beaubien, who died in June.

Under post-census redistricting, the 52nd House District covers parts of McHenry, Lake, Cook and Kane counties, including parts of Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Cary, Wauconda and Hoffman Estates…(read full)

McCain to help McSweeney

For Immediate Release
November 3, 2011

Senator John McCain to headline event for David McSweeney

Barrington Township: David McSweeney, candidate for State Representative in the 52nd District, is announcing an event to be headlined by former Republican Presidential nominee and Senator from Arizona John McCain. Senator McCain will be the featured guest at an event to be held in early 2012. Details of the event are pending and will be released when they become available.

“I am proud to have Senator McCain headline my event for my campaign for Republican nominee for State Representative in the 52nd District. Senator McCain is a true American hero having served in the United States Navy, the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. Senator McCain and I share the belief that government at all levels needs to balance their budgets” said McSweeney.

“Illinois’ budget mess has become a national story mirroring the failed policies of the Federal government. Tax increases, debt and deficits have resulted in a 9.1% national jobless rate and Illinois now stands at 10% unemployed. Since the huge tax increases were levied in Illinois our unemployment rate has gone up. We need to cut taxes and roll back regulations on business so that we can grow our businesses and increase job opportunities. Senator McCain has been a proponent of reining in spending nationally and I look forward to engaging in that battle right here in Illinois”, said McSweeney.

John McCain served as a naval aviator in Vietnam. His plane was shot down in 1967 and he was held captive until 1973. He was elected to the US House in 1982 and then the US Senate in 1986. In 2008 he was the Republican nominee for President. He continues to serve in the Senate and is a leading advocate of conservative principles.