Archive for September 2010
On wednesday we were in the north central part of Illinois over in Lasalle County. We had dinner with the leaders of the Lasalle and Bureau Counties Tea Parties, Art Havenhill and Chris Arndt. Thank you Art and Chris for a wonderful meal. After dinner I spoke at the Tea Party event. A good crowd was in hand as I spoke of the issues we are all concerned with…fiscal responsibility, corruption and State interests.
I also had the opportunity to speak to the media including WLPO radio, WCMY 1430, Ottawa Delivered and NewsTribune.
It is still parade season as I walked the Grundy County Cornfest Parade on Sunday. There were around 25000 people at the parade and the Republicans had a good showing with myself, Congressional candidate Adam Kinzinger and State Rep. Candidate Sue Rezin. Thank you to John Hanson and Don Hansen from the Grundy County Republicans for making the arrangements for us to walk.
The newly formed Indian American Republican organization hosted their first event at our campaign office. They invited five Indian American media outlets such as Hi India, India Tribune, Asia TV, Desai Talk Radio, Voice of Asia for a meet the candidates event. Roger Keats, Joel Pollack, Robert Enriquez and myself had an opportunity to discuss our platform to the Indian American voters. Thank you to Namrita Nelson and Ashvin Lad for organizing the event. Also my greatest admiration and thanks to Ajai and Sanhita Agnihtori for allowing our campaign to use their office.
We had a very busy Saturday. We started out early in the morning at my own local township, Northfield Township where I served as Trustee with the current committeman Jill Brickman. Jill and State Rep. Rosemary Mulligan of Maine Township hosted a candidates breakfast. It was great to see old friends and also made some new ones.
After Northfield, I spoke at the Lyons Township Republican (ROLT) monthly meeting. Commissioner Tony Peraica does a great job leading the organization.
We then headed to two picnics, one in Kane County for their annual candidates roundup. A Chicago Tribune reporter was there taking pictures for a story on our race. Mike Kenyon, who leads the county Republicans hosted a festive event with good food and entertainment. Bill Brady also attended the event.
After Kane, we drove north to the Nunda Township picnic in Crystal Lake.
After changing to a suit in the car, we attended the Illinois Municipal League’s reception. Matt Davidson of IML was gracious to take me around to meet the Mayors and city and village representatives. It was good to hear that the municipalities are working hard to bring industry back into Illinois…and also attract investment from overseas firms.
The evening ended at the Samahan Filipino American event in Oak Lawn. Congratulations to Marcela Perez for being crowned Ms. Samahan Sabarrio.
On Friday, I had the honor and privilege of meeting with former Presidential candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney. What an incredible speaker. He has substantive plans to get the economy back in order. Bringing back private sector jobs..rather than simply growing the government (since Obama has been elected over 180000 additional government jobs have been created while at the same period we have lost more than 2.8 million private sector positions). Governor Romney met with all of his Illinois delegates and alternate delegates in the 2008 election. Thank you Senator Rutherford for organizing the meeting at the Chicago Club.
I had an opportunity to meet Governor Romney twice on Friday when he was the guest speaker at the Lake County Republican Federation Dinner. Over 500 dedicated Republicans were in attendance to support the federation, which was founded by Ambassador Robert Stuart and now is led by his son Alexander Stuart. Ambassador Stuart is 94 years old but still active in Republican politics and was at the dinner. Thank you Ambassador for all you have done for the party and the country.
We ended the night at a Filipino American event where I had a chance to speak to a great group of home health care professionals.
The weekend will be busy. Saturday we start out in Glenview, then off to LaGrange, a picnic in St. Charles, the Nunda Township Ribfest in Crystal Lake, the Illinois Municipal League in Chicago and we will end the night at a south suburban Filipino American event.
Sunday we are off to central Illinois where we will be speaking at the Sauk Valley candidates forum in Dixon and walking in the Grundy County Cornfest parade.
Thursday the campaign attended three candidates forums. Lewis University in Romeoville held a non partisan candidates forum. It was exciting to see so many college students interested in the political process.
We also attended the United Hellenic Organization candidates endorsement session. I was able to relate well with this Greek American organization as many Greek Americans came to the United States with minimal funds, worked hard and saved and opened up small businesses. Many are very successful now. A very familiar story that all immigrants share.
Lastly, I spoke at the Green Haven Seniors Association candidates forum. I was the final one to speak at almost 10pm and the entire place was still packed. There is so much interest and excitement surrounding our campaign and this election season.
On Tuesday the campaign headed to western Illinois…we stopped over at the Know County Republican Women Ice Cream Social in Galesburg. It was raining hard but the dedicated women and some men of Know County showed their support for our candidates. Rep. Moffitt was serving the ice cream. It was great to see Know County Chairman Marc Jacobs and Bobby Schilling, our candidate for Congress against Phil Hare.
After Galesburg we went down to Peoria to the Peoria Medical Society’s candidate forum. There were Republicans and Democrats and even a Green Party candidate at the event. I stated my support for comprehensive medical malpractice reforms. I think it is ridiculous that there are no brain surgeons in southern Illinois and that there are no OB GYN doctors in 28 counties in central Illinois. If you go to Kenosha, Wisconsin you can see doctors offices literally on top of each other. We need to bring back jobs into Illinois…including those in the medical profession.
The campaign started Sunday with a visit to beautiful Jo Daviess County where Galena is located. Chairman Andy Blackenbaker hosted a luncheon. Congressman Don Manzullo, Senator Tim Bivins and other county leaders were in attendance. For those who haven’t read it, take a look at Congressman Manzullo’s jobs agenda. It really gives practical solutions to the country’s unemployment woes.
After lunch we headed to the Adobo fest in Chicago where hundreds of Filipino Americans were in attendance celebrating one of the most delicious and traditional foods in the Phillipine cuisine: The Adobo.
We then headed to the New Trier picnic in Northfield where NTRO Committeeman and Mayor of Kenilworth Tolbert Chisum hosted over a hundred NTRO friends to hear from candidates. It was great to see the excitement in the room.
What an awesome event! Our Dancing with the Stars event was an amazing success. We had over 200 people attend this fundraiser that included dancers from Russia, fashion models from the Phillipines, Korea and China and singers from Chicago. I would like to thank Rey and Tina Nonato and Rolando Salinda for all their hard work in setting up the event. The Filipino American community was crucial in making the event successful-especially the home healthcare professionals.
What a unique event! There was dancing and singing until midnight. Robert Dold, our 10th district nominee for Congress, Roger Keats, candidate for Cook County Board President, Angel Garcia, candidate for Cook County Clerk and Fredrick Collins, candidate for Cook County Sheriff were all in attendance.
Check out the youtube videos and pictures that will be up on our website and facebook shortly.
On Friday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was in town hosting an event for Senate Candidate Mark Kirk in St. Charles. It was an honor to attend the event at the historic St. Charles Country Club. It was exciting to see many young Republicans attending the event including Kendall County YR Chair Scott Snyder and Matthew Mursewick. Thanks to Brad Urhausen, who helps coordinate Mark Kirk’s activities in Kane County for arranging our campaign to be at the event.
After St. Charles, we headed to McHenry County where the McHenry County Republicans had a grand opening of their new headquarters. We got there late but it was great to meet up with Vice Chairman Kathleen Kuchta and Vice Chairman John McCroay. Congratulations to State Rep. Mike Tryon, who is also the chairman of the McHenry County Republican Organization for creating the energy and excitement in McHenry County for our candidates on November 2nd. I can’t wait to be back in McHenry County next Saturday for the Nunda Township picnic and the literature drop.