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posted: 1/15/2010 12:01 AM

Abdicating one's responsibilities

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I find is stunning that any conservative in Illinois would endorse state Sen. Kirk Dillard for governor.

During the Iowa caucuses of the 2008 general election, Mr. Dillard, a sitting GOP county chairman in DuPage County, allowed himself to be filmed endorsing a Democratic presidential candidate in Barack Obama. He stated that he worked with him on legislation and found him willing to work across the aisle.

We now know that Mr. Obama voted "present" more often than not during his tenure in Springfield and is, in fact, one of the most liberal politicians ever to be produced by the state of Illinois, a member of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

That a sitting GOP county chairman would abdicate the responsibility of his position - to advance the candidacies and causes, policies and agendas of the Republican Party - to endorse a Democrat presidential candidate demonstrates particularly poor judgment and puts into question any loyalty he would have to those he would serve as governor.

I may not have selected who I will back in the Republican gubernatorial primary, but I have ruled out Mr. Dillard as a choice because I can't trust him to be loyal his constituency given his support of Mr. Obama while installed as a GOP leader.

Frank Salvato

GOP precinct committeeman

Downers Grove Township