Over at Illinois Review they have some questions for Andy McKenna, you know I am not Andy McKenna but I figured it might be fun to offer up some answers....
I originally had answers for all of the questions, put pulled the ones related to RINOs since I know what RINO stands for but have never heard two people give the same definition of what one is...
-- What are you doing to prompt Illinois Republican Party (IRP) National Committeeman Bob Kjellander to comply with the IRP State Central Committee's (SCC) motion calling for him to resign?
Bob is aware of the IRP's opinion, any additional action will likely just encourage him to remain.
-- What do you say to those Illinois Republicans who want the SCC to immediately rescind the action it took against the Republican Assembly of Lake County and to apologize?
I would suggest that if they are not comfortable with the decision of the SCC, the process of electing state central committeemen is set up so that individual elected committeemen vote on who their state central committeeman is. If you do not like the decisions made by the SCC the power to replace those members who disagree with you is in your hands.
-- What do you say to those Illinois Republicans who want to return to direct election of SCC members? By their actions, virtually all the SCC members have made it clear that they oppose returning to direct election of SCC members. Why do they oppose returning to direct election of SCC members?
You would have to ask them, I suspect it might be in part the challenges they would face running against well funded candidates in a primary.
-- What do you say to those Illinois Republicans who want the IRP to hold a special convention ASAP?
We have regularly scheduled conventions, unless the proper process is followed to compel a special convention (if any such process exists) calling special conventions outside of that process will just lead a precedent that we may end up regretting.
-- Are you encouraging Republican elected officials in Illinois whose offices will be on February 5, 2008 primary ballots who are running again to announce that ASAP?
They are adults and they have their own tactical, logistical and personal reasons for making decisions and/or announcing those decisions on running again. I would encourage all candidates to do it sooner or later, however I see no method that will not harm the party to compel them to do so.
-- Which incumbent Republican elected officials in Illinois whose offices will be on February 5, 2008 primary ballots are not running again?
Heck if I know
-- What are you doing to encourage Republican candidates to run against Bean and Durbin? Who are all the announced and potential Republican candidates for Durbin's and Bean's seats?
We have a guy now running against Durbin and we are open to suggestions. If a strong Illinois conservative is interested we are all ears.
-- What do you say to those Illinois Republicans who believe that the IRP should remain neutral in primary races?
Heck if I know what the official party position is on this one, but I agree the IRP should remain primary neutral.
-- What is the IRP's financial condition? How much has the IRP raised so far this year? Who were the major donors and how much did each of them donate? How much has the IRP spent this year - how much has the IRP spent on salaries, rent, etc., this year? What are the IRP's financial assets? What are the IRP's financial liabilities? What is the IRP's net worth?
-- What exactly did the IRP get for the $41,360 it paid on March 15, 2007 for a telephone poll?
Useful data hopefully.
-- Do you agree that the IRP Executive Director be someone who has demonstrated his/her ability as the Executive Director of the Republican party in another state and has acquired a national reputation for excellence? What are you doing to recruit such an Executive Director? What salary can the IRP afford to pay him/her?
No, I feel the IRP Executive Director should be the most qualified person we can afford, prior experience as a state party director should not be a hard and fast qualifier.
-- What are you doing to encourage Republican presidential candidates to campaign in Illinois?
Well we can invite them. The calculus of presidential primary cycle this time in unique, each candidate is going to make their own decisions on where to dedicate time and resources. They don't need nor do I suspect do they want pressure from state parties.
Again, everyone is welcomed and encouraged. If it will help I will take them to Sizzler on my dime if they come to town.