ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— IL GOP Chairman Tim Schneider Needs To Resign
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The current IL GOP chairman, Tim Schneider, has divided the Party and for the following reasons should be asked to step down:
- Tim Schneider tolerated years of lying by Bruce Rauner. When Rauner announced his candidacy for Governor, Tim Schneider was recruited to lead the IL GOP. He was Rauner’s faithful supporter from the beginning. Schneider stood behind Rauner as he lied about his support for HB 40 and then lied daily about the record of Jeanne Ives during the primary election. Finally, Schneider knew Rauner did not want to run for a second term, but remained silent about this during the fall election season while countless volunteers and donors were working their precincts.
- Tim Schneider has done nothing to defend the IL GOP Platform. He remained supportive of Rauner while Rauner supported government funding of abortion, an income tax hike without pension reform, transgender birth certificates and a sanctuary state bill, just to name a few.
- Tim Schneider doesn’t learn from his mistakes. At the December meeting of the Republican Party, Tim thanked Rauner for his contributions to the IL GOP, especially his financial contributions which have not left the Party more financially sound. No mention was made of the division Rauner created in the Party by his blatant lies and deception, or his disloyalty to our platform causing distrust and disrespect among Republican voters. Tim offered no solutions for uniting the Party other than surveying Republicans on issues of concern to them.)
— Fred Floreth, Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee (SCC) Member for the 13th Congressional District, has responded to Illinois Family Action (see below). Mark Shaw, IRP Co-Chairman, Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association President, and IRP SCC Member for the 10th Congressional District has advised me that he concurs with Mr. Floreth. – Dave Diersen
(THE RESPONSE: Thank you for sending to me the below e-mail. I appreciate being on your mailing list and all you do to advance conservative causes in Illinois.
To borrow a phrase often used by Mark Levin, I am not a, “special pleader,” for Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider, but I do believe in fairness. In that spirit, I make the following observations about your three reasons Chairman Schneider should step down:
1. On September 28, 2017, Chairman Schneider issued a press release expressing his disappointment with then-Governor Rauner’s decision to sign HB 40.
Also, you state Chairman Schneider, “knew,” Rauner did not want to run for a second term. When the story became public, I personally asked the Chairman if he knew Rauner had asked people – including Illinois National Committeeman Richard Porter – to replace Rauner as our candidate for Illinois Governor. Chairman Schneider told me he did not know about these requests or Rauner’s lack of enthusiasm for re-election. I take Chairman Schneider at his word, because – to the best of my knowledge – he has always been truthful with me.
2. Chairman Schneider’s press release to which I linked above references, without mentioning the word, “platform,” the Illinois Republican Party’s opposition to taxpayer-funded abortion.
Also, I think you are being a little unfair to Governor Rauner when you wrote he supported, “an income tax hike without pension reform.” Recall Governor Rauner ultimately vetoed the income tax hike, but had his veto over-ridden with some Republican votes.
3. I have no problem with Chairman Schneider’s thanking Governor Rauner at our last meeting. The man was our Governor for four years and he did spend a LOT of time, money and energy trying to reform our state. Could Rauner have done better? Of course, but it would have been the epitome of ungratefulness – if not rudeness – not to publically thank Bruce Rauner for his efforts and contributions to our Party and the state at the first Republican State Central Committee meeting after the election.
Nowhere did you mention Chairman Schneider’s unwavering support of President Trump, which support may well have cost Schneider his seat on the Cook, “County Board.” I was at the Cleveland Convention with Chairman Schneider and can report he did everything he could to support then-candidate Trump. I have never heard Chairman Schneider speak ill of the President. Schneider was in an almost impossible position, trying to get Bruce Rauner re-elected while being faithful to the President.
Finally, assuming Chairman Schneider does not voluntarily resign, you should know that by the Illinois Republican Party By-Laws, removing the State Party Chairman requires 60% of the weighted vote of the State Central Committee. Unless something has drastically changed recently, I do not think there is anywhere near that sentiment among the 18 members of the Republican State Central Committee.
Having said the above, I have no problem with you raising the issue or with you publishing my home e-mail address and office phone number. I am always willing to hear from Republicans, especially from those who live in my Congressional District. It has been an honor to serve as the Republican State Central Committeeman from the 13th CD these past years.
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