Sen. Sam McCann, a Republican-in-name-only from Downstate Plainview is running for Illinois governor; he is trying to pass his name off on the ballot as the "Conservative Party" candidate to be Illinois' governor.
I know conservatives. I'm a proud (mostly) conservative. Sam McCann is no conservative.
He's in bed with Democrats, including House Speaker Mike Madigan and organized labor. He's a stalking horse, quietly sponsored by Democrats and organized labor in order to draw disenchanted conservative Republican voters away from Gov. Bruce Rauner to give Democrat J.B. Pritzker a better shot at winning the gubernatorial election. A vote for McCann is a vote for Madigan and the Democrat's vice-like grip on Illinois.
Do not be an enabler.
I know that some of my conservative friends don't like the Chicago Tribune, but its editorial lays out a compelling and complete case against McCann, "The truth about Sam McCann".
Note to Illinois voters: If you think voting for the guy who has Conservative Party next to his name is a vote for conservative values, you’re badly mistaken. You’re being played. Let us tell you the truth about Sam McCann.
The reasons not to vote for him:
- While he won election to the Illinois Senate on the coattails of the Tea Party movement, he has received more than $200,000 in campaign contributions from the powerful International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. Explained the Tribune: "Local 150 almost exclusively endorsed Democrats for the Nov. 6 general election — and had initially endorsed Pritzker for governor. Now the union has endorsed both Pritzker and McCann."
- "He’s also helping Madigan by targeting conservative Republicans with misleading mailers in districts Madigan wants to win. Reps. Tom Morrison, R-Palatine, and Lindsay Parkhurst, R-Kankakee, both have been hit with McCann-sponsored campaign mailers that describe them as Republicans “in name only.'". Morrison and Parkhurst are true conservatives.
- "He votes in lockstep with the state’s largest public employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. McCann has voted against every version of cost-saving pension reform except one, making his record one of the most liberal in the General Assembly. He voted against streamlining government. He voted against allowing voters to consolidate layers of government."As soon as Rauner took office, McCann voted to further empower AFSCME at the bargaining table. At the time, the union was demanding outlandish pay and benefit increases for its next contract with state government."
Another example of the Illinois Way that is fueled voter ignorance. In a Chicago Sun-Times opinion poll last month, 4 percent of the voters interviewed chose McCann. That's far from tossing the election to Pritzker, who is leading Rauner by 22 percentage points. But that Democrats would resort to a slimy tactic that's far from needed says a lot about how far they'd go to win.
Too many conservatives are willing to go down with the ship, either not voting for Rauner because he betrayed some conservative values or voting, in their ignorance, for McCann. Truth is, Rauner, with his faults, is better for the state than J.B. Pritzker. I wonder how McCann can live with himself, knowingly and willingly becoming Madigan's lapdog.
Related: Jeanne Ives, a true conservative, nearly beat Rauner in the Republican primmer, but she's not voting for McCann. Rauner gets her vote.