After their candidate Jeb Boy Bush withdrew, the so called “Republican establishment” had to find another candidate. They did not have to look far. Marco Rubio was ready and willing to accept their support. Only one problem, the voters in Florida knew the records of Bush and Rubio and rejected both of them. Mitt Romney, the Republican loser in 2012, endorsed Kasich. When does the endorsement by a pathetic candidate like Romney mean anything? Not much since Kasich has won only one state! Now Senator Lindsay Graham, who gave up his run for the presidency, has made a reluctant endorsement of Ted Cruz. One thing for sure, the Republican establishment knows what is best for America. It’s too bad the “establishment” is afraid to let the American people decide. Oh well, in 2007 the American people lost trillions in wealth as a result of the greed of the “establishment” and their friends on Wall Street. Trump may not be the right person to lead this country, but one thing for sure – let the American people decide. Not a few people on Wall Street!
On the Republican primary ballot there two races that are particularly important to voters in Stephenson County. Carl Larson should be retained as State’s Attorney. He has demonstrated by his exemplary conduct of the office that he should be given a full term. John Vogt, his Republican predecessor in this office, has unequivocally endorsed him. The voters of Stephenson County should do the same, and elect Carl Larson State’s Attorney.
The other important race is for Circuit Judge, and James Hauser should be retained as a judge in Stephenson County. Andrew Smith in the Illinois State Bar Association poll received a NOT recommended rating. James Hauser in the same Bar Poll received a recommended rating. In contrast two former, retired Stephenson County Circuit Judges, Barry Anderson and Theresa Ursen, have recommended James Hauser for Circuit Judge. Again, the voters of Stephenson County should do the same, and elect James Hauser Circuit Judge.
Candidates to be recommended must receive a 65% “yes” response to the question regarding Meets Requirements of Office in order to be recommended. Current Judge James M. Hauser received a 92.68% “yes” response, and Mr. Smith received a 51.85% “yes” response. Obviously, Mr. Smith’s colleagues do not have any confidence in his abilities.
To see the full bar poll go to https://www.isba.org/sites/default/files/judicialevaluations/2016primary/15circuit.pdf