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There is, says the preacher, a time to break down and a time to build up, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.... But somehow the Cook County Republican Party has only been doing the first part of these for a loooong time.
Let's put it this way: Are you interested in being the party's nominee for, say, Cook County Circuit Court clerk? How about recorder of deeds? Water reclamation district commissioner? Board of review?
Here's what you get when you go to the party's Web site:
We are pleased to announce that our Slating Committee is prepared to go to work under the leadership of Barrington Township Committeeman Eugene Dawson. This Committee will focus on finding credible and experienced Republicans to form a slate of countywide candidates. Offices that are up for nomination on the February 5, 2008 primary include:
Recorder of Deeds
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Board of Review - District 2
Board of Review - District 3
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (3 Commissioners)
If you wish to submit your credentials for consideration of the Slating Committee, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, with attention to Hon. Eugene Dawson.
Obviously, the site is out of date--we're way past the primary. But the only one of these offices with a primary candidate was state's attorney, which Tony Peraica has basically been running for since he lost the bitter 2006 contest for county board president. And from what I've heard from Republican committeemen, the party's about as together as this looks. As one of them put it: "Of course it's got no energy or organization."
But it does have Hawk Harrelson.