February 11 Evening Edition

— Some who helped Arthur Jones get on the ballot say they didn’t know his politics – Frank Main (DIERSEN: Who are the Republican Precinct Committeemen/Captains in the precincts in which Jones gathered petition signatures? Do the Republican voters in those precincts keep their Republican Precinct Committeemen/Captains posted on what is going on in their precincts? Who are the officers of the Republican township parties in the townships in which Jones gathered petition signatures? Do the Republican Precinct Committeemen/Captains in those townships keep the officers of their Republican township parties posted on what is going on in their precincts? I have been gathering petition signatures in my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton since 1999 for myself and for all the Republican candidates who seek to be on Republican primary ballots in my precinct. I would hope that if a Jones-type candidate sought petition signatures from Republicans in my precinct, they would let me know. I would certainly let the Milton Township Republican Central Committee officers know.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: On an unusually warm afternoon last fall, residents in Bridgeview opened their doors to a stranger. Arthur Jones was going house to house in the southwest suburb on Oct. 5, rounding up signatures for his primary election petition for Congress. Voters signed it after Jones told them he was hoping to run as a Republican against Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski in the 3rd Congressional District. What Jones didn’t say is that he’s an avowed anti-Semite, Holocaust denier and the former leader of the New American Nazi Party. “He seemed like a nice guy,” said Michal Bodyziak, whose wife, Anna, signed her name to the petition. Now Jones is the sole GOP candidate in the 3rd District on the primary ballot March 20, which means he is on track to be the Republican Party nominee in the November general election. On a 10-degree evening last week, residents in Bridgeview opened their doors once again to tell a Chicago Sun-Times reporter how Jones went about collecting some of the 603 signatures he needed. Of the six people who agreed to be interviewed, none had heard of Jones until he rang their doorbells. Jones, 70, of Lyons, is now the subject of national and international news after the Sun-Times reported on Feb. 4 that the he was poised to clinch the nomination. In an interview with the Sun-Times, Jones has said he’s in charge of an organization called the American First Committee, whose membership is limited to “any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent.” But while he was collecting signatures, Jones didn’t mention any of that. “He just told us he was all about the people,” Michal Bodyziak said. Bodyziak said he and his wife are immigrants from Poland. Jones didn’t say that he denies there was a Holocaust in which 6 million Jews died, many of them in Poland. “No, he said none of that,” Anna Bodyziak said. According to her husband, Jones said he “wanted to help the state make everything better, lower taxes and that. Yes, it was very positive.” When a reporter showed the couple video snippets of Jones’ controversial statements on Jews, they winced. They said they could never support Jones for Congress after seeing that. A neighbor down the block also gave Jones his signature. The man said he’d never heard of Jones, either, but he agreed to sign the petition “because I want people to run for office. If I knew he stood for any of that, I wouldn’t have signed.” About a mile away, Medardo Elizalde was sitting on his couch when his son opened the door to a reporter. The son said his father mostly speaks Spanish and translated for him. He asked his dad if he remembered signing Jones’ petition. Jones had said people wanted to keep him off the ballot, Elizalde recalled. Elizalde said he gave his signature so Jones would go away. Jones managed to collect 834 signatures in Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Chicago Ridge, Countryside, Hickory Hills, Homer Glen, Justice, La Grange, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Palos Hills, Stickney, Summit and Worth — but none in Chicago. “I waited on the last day, Dec. 4, to file my signatures. I turned them in, fully expecting for an objection or that there would be a candidate that they’re putting up against me,” he has told the Sun-Times. Though GOP officials in his own party have now repudiated Jones and his candidacy, he still thinks he’s got a shot even though the district is overwhelmingly Democratic. Lipinski, of Western Springs, faces Marie Newman, of LaGrange, in the Democratic primary. Said Jones, “Listen, I don’t go to all this damn trouble if I didn’t believe I had a chance to win.”)
— 2 Cook County commissioners missed over 40 percent of Forest Preserve meetings – Rachel Hinton and Dan Mihalopoulos (DIERSEN: Since 1999, I have the best record by far for attending Milton Township Republican Central Committee monthly meetings and fundraisers.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Fox News Channel.
— GOP candidate for attorney general: Gary Grasso
— GOP candidate for attorney general: Erika Harold


— McCarthy offers campaign preview during fundraiser: Emanuel’s Chicago ‘a mess’ – Bill Ruthhart and John Byrne
— Real estate market unfazed by changes to tax law – Kenneth R. Harney (DIERSEN: My wife and I have paid the marriage penalty big time since we got married in 1978. Under the new Republican tax law, if there was no marriage penalty, instead of $10,000, the SALT cap would be $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
— Yes, you: Lawmakers, put the remap amendment on the ballot – Editorial
— Waukegan approves new video gambling regulations – Emily K. Coleman


— DuPage GOP candidates tout experience in county board District 3 race – Robert Sanchez
— What the Porter accusations say about the White House – Kathleen Parker


— Democratic Candidates Attend Church Services to Shore Up African-American Support – Mary Ann Ahern (DIERSEN: Do you attend church services? I do not. Should I write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who viciously demonize me, who viciously denigrate me, who viciously condemn me because I am not a member of any church, because I do not attend church services, and because I do not give money to a church? The aforesaid not only paint themselves as being far superior to you and I, they focus on destroying those like me who do not glorify and praise them, who do not pander to them, who do not serve as their operatives or dupes, and who do not give them money.)


— Registered sex offender in small Pennsylvania town elected fire chief


— Marter: It’s time to take our money back Congressional candidate talks spending, immigrant and education funding during Dixon visit – BOB TOMASZEWSKI


— Jeanne Ives Targets Illinois ‘Sanctuary State’ Law in Republican Primary – Warner Todd Huston


— New York Times Revels In Chicago Nazi’s GOP Nod, Skips Democrat Hugs of Farrakhan – Tim Graham


— Fast food workers set to protest in push for $15 minimum wage – Matthew Kazin


— Rob Porter Is A National Security Scandal, Too (DIERSEN: If you have ever done anything that subjects you to blackmail, you should not seek or hold any kind of government or political office.)


— The ‘Manly’ Jobs Problem – Susan Chira (DIERSEN: Were the jobs that you held “manly?” I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997. Because very few qualified women or minorities wanted the bad jobs that I had, it was very difficult for my superiors to meet their Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion quotas, goals, and targets.)



— NOVEMBER 27, 2017 MORNING EDITION FLASHBACK: Nominating Petitions

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Since 2000, I have gathered signatures on nominating petitions for all the candidates who seek to be on Republican primary ballots in my precinct. For the March 20, 2018 Republican primary, I gathered 667 signatures from 19 households in my precinct for the following candidates:

U.S. CONGRESS: Peter Roskam
STATE OF ILLINOIS: Bruce Rauner, Governor and Evelyn Sanguinetti, Lieutenant Governor; Jeanne Ives, Governor and Rich Morthland, Lieutenant Governor; William Kelly, Governor and Brian Leggero, Lieutenant Governor; Erika Harold, Attorney General; Jason Helland, Secretary of State; Jim Dodge, Treasurer; and Darlene Senger, Comptroller
ILLINOIS SENATE: Michael Connelly
ILLINOIS HOUSE: Amy Grant, Jeanne Ives, Burt Minor
DUPAGE COUNTY: Dan Cronin, Board Chairman; James Mendrick and Frank Bibbiano, Sheriff; Paul Hinds, Clerk; Gwen Henry, Treasurer; Darlene Ruscitti, Regional Superintendent of Schools
DUPAGE COUNTY BOARD District 4: Ron Almiron, Grant Eckhoff, Amy Grant, Paula McGowen, Thommen Poozhikunnel, Beth Tatro, and Chris Zaruba
CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE: Jeff MacKay, Richard Russo, Karen Wilson)

— OCTOBER 7, 2017 MORNING EDITION FLASHBACK: Nominating Petitions (DIERSEN: Subsequently, I circulated nominating petitions in my precinct for Ives/Morthland, Kelly/Leggero, Dodge & Senger, Helland, Minor, Almiron, MacKay, and Russo.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: So far, from 19 homes in my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton, I have gathered 559 signatures from registered Republican voters on 56 nominating petition sheets for the 19 announced candidates who will be on the March 20, 2018 Republican primary ballot in my precinct. The candidates are: U.S. CONGRESS: Peter Roskam; STATE OF ILLINOIS: Bruce Rauner, Governor and Evelyn Sanguinetti, Lieutenant Governor and Erika Harold, Attorney General; ILLINOIS SENATE: Michael Connelly; ILLINOIS HOUSE: Jeanne Ives; DUPAGE COUNTY: Dan Cronin, Board Chairman; James Mendrick and Frank Bibbiano, Sheriff; Paul Hinds, Clerk; Gwen Henry, Treasurer; Darlene Ruscitti, Regional Superintendent of Schools; DUPAGE COUNTY BOARD District 4: Grant Eckhoff, Amy Grant, Paula McGowen, and Beth Tatro; DUPAGE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE: Joseph Cantore, President; CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE: Richard Russo and Karen Wilson; and REPUBLICAN PRECINCT COMMITTEEMAN: Dave Diersen. Outstandingly, yesterday evening, my State Farm Insurance Agent Mark Prutzman notarized the aforesaid 56 nominating petitions and my Statement of Candidacy, Oath of Registration Officer, and Loyalty Oath. Ever since I was first elected Republican Precinct Committeeman in 2000, my policy has been to gather signatures on nominating petition sheets for all the candidates who will be on Republican primary ballots in my precinct.)

Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.