(This article refers to the blog post found at McHenryCountyBlog.com)
Let me start by saying that I am disappointed in how Drew is running this very early part of the campaign. Disappointed that he is spreading misinformation, half-truths and relying on partisan rhetoric for his message. In the past, I’ve had a number of very pleasant conversations with Drew. In fact, when I heard he was running for the office, I called and left a voicemail for him welcoming him to the race. I had hoped that, together we might elevate the nature of political competition in our race. I had thought that Drew was the kind of person that did his homework. But since he is so wrong in so many ways, he either has no regard or interest in the truth and thus is completely comfortable lying to the people of the County, or simply has no respect for quality and will gladly spew forth politically beneficial, unverified information and pass it along as fact. Neither are acceptable for the man who would like to be County Clerk.
So be it. Let’s take apart some of his assertions.
Eliminating the office of Recorder
Let’s start with the most absurd claim. Per McHenry County Blog: “He contended that it would not be Tirio consolidating the office of Recorder with that of the County Clerk.
“He’s not doing that. We are,” pointing to the question’s being on the March primary ballot.
Is there any question in anyone’s mind that the opportunity to eliminate the office of Recorder (merging it into the Clerk’s office) on the March ballot is my doing? No one else ran on that platform... not even my opponents? In fact, here’s a little secret, had any of my opponents adopted that position, I likely would have gotten out of the race and supported them. It was my election platform, my effort in writing the first draft of the resolution, getting it reviewed by the State’s Attorney’s office, working with Chairman Franks, Clerk McClellan and the County Board to get it placed on the ballot
This is an instance of a familiar tool of bad politics (and bad politicians); the “technically true but conceptually misleading” statement. While it is technically true that it will require the people to vote to eliminate the position, the concept that he is trying to sell is that I had nothing to do with that, which we all know to be, at best, a fairy tale.
While we’re making claims that are technically true but conceptually dubious, I’m writing this note with a cordless pencil on sugarless paper. True, but meaningless.
My opponent is claiming that there is a mandate that is driving the technological changes that I am making. I have challenged him to provide a citation to this mandate. I will publish his response here if/when he replies.
Claim of nepotism
Again, from McHenry County Blog: “...Georgi remarked on Tirio’s slogan, “I won’t hire my wife,” and said, “Mr. Tirio has two mother and daughter teams.”
I have two people working in the Recorder’s office that are Mother and Daughter. I did not hire them, but they are great employees and have no reason to fire them. So here, my opponent is not only factually wrong, but he is trying to pull that political sleight of hand again, as he did before. He is taking a fact (albeit, wrong) and trying to convince you that it proves another concept. Its a bit like asking “Drew, when did you stop beating your wife?”, and it’s poor politics. Plain and simple, he is trying to trick you into voting for him.
Failed Village President
I find it comical that he claims some ownership of the ouster of former Hebron Village President. Seriously? How hard is it to get people to vote out an official arrested on drug charges who allegedly was found unconscious after he was allegedly smoking crack and drinking and after a search warrant found a burnt spoon and syringe? Answer: Not that hard.
What about Drew?
Despite the fact that it flies in the face of every campaign rule, I encourage you to visit Drew’s website. It’s chock full of veiled threats about “them” and about “their current plans”. Who are “they”? It certainly is not me. His site focuses more on political rhetoric and party hobgoblins than on his qualifications and how he is going to address the issues that face our community. Oddly, while he talks a lot about “quality” on his site, it is riddled with grammar and spelling errors, including his own name. Is this really the person you want to run the Clerk’s office? ... to manage our elections, taxes, vital and real estate records? ..to care for our County’s history and future? Of course not.
He makes a big deal about political parties. I’m not afraid of political parties. I have friends in them all, and believe that, for the most part, we want many of the same things and see the same problems. We often differ and how to solve those problems, but I truly believe that it is that diversity in perspectives that makes our country great and challenges us to make it even better.
And while I’m not afraid of political parties, we should all be afraid of politicians who will say anything to get elected.
Better government starts with better people.
As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have questions.
God bless us all.