Letter to the Editor: Sheriff Joe Poor Choice for Speaker

Letter writer Corey Johnson criticizes the Kendall County Republican Central Committee's choice for its annual family picnic.

This week the Kendall County Republican Central Committee .  Instead of inviting a speaker that unifies and motivates, they have instead chosen a speaker that is notable mainly for garnering a large amount of negative headlines.

Joe Arpaio is no one special; he is just another low life trying to cash in on his “15 minutes” of infamy. Like event organizers that tastelessly promoted a Casey Anthony dunking booth at a Kentucky Fair this summer, Sheriff Joe is taking his brand of snake oil on the road and trying to score a few bucks off the rubes at the fairgrounds too.  

What is most disappointing is that after a run that distinguished Kendall County as home to both the U.S. Speaker of the House and the Illinois General Assembly Minority Leader, the leadership of the KCRCC has devolved to such a state that they believe they need a circus stunt to draw attention.  Additionally disconcerting is that at a time when Republican strongholds in Illinois have been carved into virtual irrelevance through redistricting, the KCRCC has chosen to promote an event that divides our community, and alienates many residents of our County as opposed to an event that promotes unity and inclusion for all who call Kendall County home. 

While the KCRCC leadership is committed to the type of sensationalist garbage that sells tabloids they will fail to attract the caliber of individuals who will strengthen the organization and provide for its future vitality, and instead they will attract individuals that are motivated by radicalism, and divisive beliefs, rather than those who would have a desire to participate in a healthy discussion about how to create a better future for all residents of our County, our State, and our Nation.

Corey Johnson
Laborer's Local 149 and Yorkville resident


Letters to the Editor should be e-mailed to Yorkville Patch Editor Jillian Duchnowski at jillian.duchnowski@patch.com. They should be no more than 500 words, and please include your full name and a telephone number so Duchnowski can confirm the sender's identity.

JG August 25, 2011 at 02:02 AM
With the GOP's presence in Illinois being little more than the answer to a trivia question, I say " no harm no foul". The unions have put Quinn, Madigan and the rest of the state politicians in place and now we live with the reputation of being the most corrupt and financially inept state in the union. I don't accept the democrats right to judge the GOP for their choice of guest at a picnic when we have to live with the democrat control of Illinois 365 days a year.
J August 25, 2011 at 03:22 AM
To the author: if you want credibility as a voice, don't use ad hominems. Not good form.
Kendall Watch August 27, 2011 at 03:53 AM
"Sheriff Joe is no one special" yet you feel the need to write about him. Why dont you talk about how the democrats have completely failed the people of the State of Illinois. They raised our income taxes 66% and now are raising our tolls 87% while business is fleeing the state. Good work, lets vote for some more democrats.
JG August 30, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Maybe the "racial profiling" accusation was a little overstated. At least the Judge felt that way. http://ktar.com/category/local-news-articles/20110829/Judge:-No-racial-profiling-in-MCSO-raid/


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