March 17 Morning Edition

— Former Chicago Police Department Superintendent McCarthy to run for mayor – Craig Wall (DIERSEN: Emanuel fired McCarthy blaming him for Chicago’s crime problems. My Democrat GAO superiors forced me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old blaming me for GAO’s Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion problems.)


— Ives Appears to Gain Surge of Support Days Before Election – Brendan Pedersen
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Abortion promoters promote Newman.
— Pritzker Keeps Distance From Media Ahead of Primary Election – Mary Ann Ahern (DIERSEN: Who keeps their distance from you? The following keep their distance from me: those who a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid and those who are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Hazing Victim Sues Wheaton College – Dana Kozlov


— Wheaton College, football players sued in alleged attack of teammate – AP


— These 2 Republicans want to replace Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan – TAHMAN BRADLEY


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Rauner supporters call Ives “right-wing” because she defends/advances the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and the rest of the planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform. Rauner supporters refuse/fail to defend/advance the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and other planks in the IRP platform.
— Flaps, flubs and funds — Dem gov primary flush with all of it – Tina Sfondeles
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot promoters promote Bridget Degnen for Cook County Board.


— State senator Chris Nybo says tollway officials need to listen to Hinsdale, Western Springs concerns on Tri-State widening – Kimberly Fornek (DIERSEN: What are your concerns? Which officials listen to your concerns and say that other officials need to listen to your concerns? I should write a book about officials who represent me in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who not only do not listen to my concerns, they belittle/badmouth my concerns and paint me as being a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot, and even worse things.)
— Leave the gun. Take the cannoli: Let ‘The Godfather’ guide you through the Illinois primaries. – John Kass
— FRONT PAGE: Illinois lieutenant governor candidate Litesa Wallace linked to harassment complaint on list compiled by Speaker Madigan – Stacy St. Clair, Christy Gutowski and Ray Long
— OUTSTANDING: More than 900 high school students marked truant in Hinsdale District 86 after national walkout – Kimberly Fornek
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote Democrat marchers.
— Silverstein in tough primary fight following sexual harassment allegations – Kim Geiger


— FRONT PAGE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote Democrat marchers.
— Youth (Marko Sukovic) versus experience (Karen Feldman) for Republican candidates in 59th District – Mick Zawislak (DIERSEN: What is Sukovic’s position on age discrimination? Does he agree with the federal government’s policy of wasting the careers of and getting rid of its non-veteran White male employees who do not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40?)
— College of DuPage raises tuition by $1 per credit hour – Robert Sanchez
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: To promote diversity is to get rid of those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.


— When legislators become pot ‘pushers’ – Ralph E. Whitfield, Farmington


— Rauner, in Champaign, says Democrats trying to help his GOP opponent – Tom Kacich


— The candidates and Madigan’s gerrymandering
— Ives, Marter are the true conservatives – Robert A. Baker, Princeton
— ‘Time to end establishment politics as usual’ – James T. Marter. Oswego


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote Democrats who want to unseat Hultgren.


— Davidsmeyer facing GOP primary challenge from Petty – Doug Wilson


— Taking aim at elections – Rich Miller


— Let’s get rid of all the political consultants – Jim Nowlan (DIERSEN: I have been a member of the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) ( since 2001. I served on the board of AAPC’s Midwest Chapter 2001-2004. I have always complied with AAPC’s Code of Ethics ( There are extremely few Republican AAPC members in Illinois. I am one of them. I should write a book about those in Illinois who claim to be Republican political consultants, who are not AAPC members, who reject AAPC’s Code of Ethics, who viciously demonize, denigrate, and condemn me, and who bring disgrace at all political consultants.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Recently, on the same day, I received five over-size, glossy political postcards from Gov. Bruce Rauner. The cards told the most outrageous, bald-faced lies about an opponent that I have ever read. As I digested the messages, I became sick to my stomach. Rauner is being challenged by state Rep. Jeanne Ives for the GOP nomination for governor, at the March 20 Republican primary election. I do not favor either candidate. Ives is too conservative for me, and Rauner is, well, a bald-faced liar. And, apparently, not embarrassed or shamed a whit about his lying to the voters. The messages say that Ives, among other dastardly deeds: Is the lackey of Democratic Speaker of the Illinois House Mike Madigan Wants to keep the recent increase in the income tax and Opposes cutting property taxes Thee anti-Ives statements are “supported” by citations of roll call votes and quotations found in newspapers. Shamefully, the above claims by Rauner represent lying by the ploy of excerpting snippets from larger statements to reverse the meaning. For example, in Henry IV, Shakespeare has Dick the Butcher declare: ”The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Sounds like an attack on lawyers. Yet, in the full context, Butcher thought if he disturbed law and order, he could become king. Thus, Shakespeare meant the famous line as a compliment to attorneys and judges who instill justice in society. That is what Rauner and his consultants have done. Reverse the meaning. Red becomes green; night, day. Indeed, Ives is as anti-Madigan, anti-tax (of any kind) as they come. Respected publications, such as Crain’s Chicago Business, columnist Scott Reeder and others, already have called out Rauner for his lying. We also must note Democrat Madigan, Rauner’s nemesis, has been using misleading attack ads against GOP opponents for years. I still stifle a rueful chuckle when I recall an ad in which Madigan minions charged a GOP opponent for consorting with sex perverts. This was so because the Republican rented an apartment to someone who had years earlier been convicted of some sex crime. Political campaigning has been rough and tumble since the early days of the Republic, when Federalists passed the Alien and Sedition Act. The law allowed President John Adams to jail to newspaper editors and others who criticized him, which he did with gusto. Today, billionaires flaunt limitless campaign spending as they assault untutored voters with lies and misleading half-truths that are laughable to insiders. Why do they do this? Because it works. In my day, half a century ago, candidates generally stuck to making positive statements about themselves, leaving their opponents alone. Not today, obviously. I blame the political consultants. They are paid to win, period. Not to win fairly, honestly, nor with substantive arguments. But simply to win. Win-at-any-cost consultants disgust me. They lurk in the background of campaigns, holding in contempt the voters they deceive. Consultants have found that voters — their cynicism probably ingrained by endless attack ads courtesy of those same consultants — tend to believe the worst about candidates today. Of course, candidates don’t have to accept the advice from consultants that they mislead the public about their opponents. Yet, too many candidates want to win so badly they accept the “wisdom” of their consultants, and thus often spend most of their money on the attack. Legitimate criticism of an opponent is fair game, of course, and helpful to voters. But outright lying? Come on. If we — you and I — don’t call out bald-faced lying, things will only get worse, if such is possible. At the national level, PolitiFact uses volunteers and donations to call out misrepresentation and lies. I propose at the state and local level in Illinois we create a simple Code of Ethics for Political Campaigns: “I will neither lie nor mislead voters about my opponents.” Then we ask all candidates to sign the pledge. Those who fail to sign the pledge, or break it, would be publicly rebuked. Those who sign and keep to the pledge would be publicly commended. The ideal group to implement a Code of Ethics would be the nonprofit Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. But they would need lots of volunteer help. Pollyannaish? Sure, but we could use some Jimmy Stewart (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) politics in our democracy. So, to be charitable, let’s not kill all the political consultants, appealing as the thought might be. Instead, let’s call out those consultants and candidates who lie and mislead.)


— As lawmakers pursue bump stock ban, Illinois online retailer can’t keep enough in stock – Robert Channick


— The corrupt state GOP – ART HAVENHILL, Leader, La Salle County Tea Party
— Pro-Kinzinger mailer sparks controversy – David Giuliani
— Voters should do the vetting in primaries – Editorial (DIERSEN: How much do voters know about the candidates? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes focus on stopping voters and everyone else from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)


— Governor Rauner stops in Champaign ahead of the election


— Black Voters Need More Convincing From Democrats In 2018 – ASMA KHALID (DIERSEN: Democrats shout at Blacks that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things. Since the Civil War, Democrats have shouted at Blacks that Republicans have caused all the problems that Blacks have had, are having, and will have.)
— Trump’s Attorney Seeks $20 Million In Damages From Porn Star – RICHARD GONZALES


— As primary approaches, Ives ramps up attacks on Rauner – Howard Packowitz (DIERSEN: What about Rauner’s attacks on Ives? Who attacks you and why? I should write a book about those who attack me and why they do it.)




— State Rep. Morrison: Vote for Jeanne Ives and Help Spread the Word! – John Biver (DIERSEN: What discourages you from helping elect candidates? I am discouraged from helping elect candidates because of the success that my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have had in a) viciously demonizing, denigrating, and condemning my judgment and b) getting candidates and everyone else to blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all their past, present, and future problems. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that I am no longer a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, GAO employee, etc. They stress those activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois a) who state that they are conservative and/or Republican, b) who could/should have come to my defense, but c) did not come to my defense.)


— McCann, barred from Senate GOP caucus meeting, claims Rauner threatened to “destroy you and your family” (DIERSEN: I should write a book about adverse actions that my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have taken against me.)


— Calling America ‘Land of Opportunity’ Is a ‘Microaggression’ Says University of California – THOMAS D. WILLIAMS (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes belittle/badmouth my accomplishments and they hint/imply/argue/shout that I would not have accomplished anything were it not for a) my parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and the rest of my ancestors being undeservedly filthy rich, b) my benefiting from their racism, c) my benefiting from their sexism, d) my benefiting from their bigotry, e) my avoiding the draft, f) my being grossly overpaid by the federal government, g) my wife and I giving up trying to have children, our not adopting, and our not becoming foster parents, h) etc.)


— Trump’s Lawyers Claim Stormy Daniels Violated Confidentiality Agreement at Least 20 Times – Jim Rutenberg and Maggie Haberman


— Andrew McCabe, Trump’s foil at the FBI, is fired hours before he could retire – Matt Zapotosky (DIERSEN: According to this article, “The move will likely cost McCabe a significant portion of his retirement benefits, though it is possible he could bring a legal challenge.” My Democrat GAO superiors’ success in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old a) has cost me a tremendous amount of money and b) resulted in my attorney Walter T. Charlton filing Diersen v. GAO in 1998. SEE: So far, at a minimum, in today’s dollars, my Democrat GAO superiors have cost me $1,505,950 ($2,569,162 lost salary minus $1,063,212 pension payments).)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night fired former FBI deputy director Andrew Mc­Cabe, a little more than 24 hours before McCabe was set to retire — a move that McCabe alleged was an attempt to slander him and undermine the ongoing special counsel investigation into the Trump campaign. Sessions announced the decision in a statement just before 10 p.m., noting that both the Justice Department inspector general and the FBI office that handles discipline had found “that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.” He said based on those findings and the recommendation of the department’s senior career official, “I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.” The move will likely cost McCabe a significant portion of his retirement benefits, though it is possible he could bring a legal challenge. He responded on Friday night with a lengthy statement, claiming he was being targeted because he was a witness in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and asserting that his actions were appropriate. He also alleged former FBI Director James B. Comey knew about the media disclosure about which the inspector general has raised questions. “This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally,” McCabe said. “It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.” Trump tweeted early Saturday morning, “Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!” An email notifying McCabe of the move was sent to his work account and his lawyers just minutes before Sessions’s statement was made public, though McCabe learned of the firing from press accounts, his spokeswoman said. McCabe has been fighting vigorously to keep his job, and on Thursday, he spent nearly four hours inside the Justice Department pleading his case.)


— Truth Isn’t the Problem—We Are Politics has warped facts since the days of Pericles, but our ‘post-truth’ era offers a destructive new twist: defying facts as a badge of tribal allegiance. – Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all news is fake except for the news that they put out or bless.)
— You Can’t Work Your Way Through College Anymore – Richard R. West (DIERSEN: Where did the money come from to pay for your college expenses? My outstanding parents provided me with room and board in their home in Crete a) 1966-1968 while I was a student at UIC, b) weekends during my first semester at NIU in 1969, and c) the summer of 1969. The money to pay for tuition, books, a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442 in 1967, a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE in 1968, and room and board at NIU 1969-1970 (three semesters at University Plaza Dormitory ( and then a summer session at Lincolnshire West Apartments ( ) came from my part-time Park Forest Post Office job 1966-1969 that paid $15.85-$16.91 an hour in today’s dollars and my part-time jobs working on a Chrysler automobile assembly line in Belvidere ( and as a security guard at the University Plaza Dormitory in 1970. The aforesaid enabled me to graduate debt-free from NIU in August of 1970 owning a 1969 Dodge Charger SE.)

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.