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posted: 3/11/2010 12:01 AM

Call for upheaval and reform of GOP

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I deeply appreciate the landslide support that voters in the Republican Feb. 2 primary provided for me and our volunteers.

The clear message, at least in our Republican Primary, was: Tell people the truth. Serve constituents, not the powerful political potentates. Shrink government and restore our pride in traditional American values. Bring our jobs back. Stop the behind-the-scenes manipulation and coercion.

I call for an upheaval and reformation of the Republican Party based upon the clear message from our voters. Actions that can be taken immediately include: 1. Return the power of directly voting for party leadership to "the People." 2. Anyone, at any level of government, who is found enriching himself, his family or friends beyond his statutory pay should immediately be fired and prosecuted. Zero tolerance for self-serving corruption is our standard. 3. Pat Brady, the Illinois Republican Chairman, should resign for interfering and taking sides in this Republican primary and for doing nothing to effectively stop his predecessor from spending $5 million to attack his opponents (after having promised to monitor and enforce clean campaigning standards).

4. The Kane County Republican Chairman should resign so that we can credibly begin the work of reconstructing a reformed Republican-led coalition of Republicans, Independents, and disillusioned Reagan Democrats. "Less Government, More Individual Freedom" will be our objective and slogan. 5. The current Aurora Republican Chairman is already stepping down. The new elected chairman should work hard to rally the Reform Coalition around recruiting and supporting candidates who will practice honest competence. 6. Dennis Hastert should return to the U.S. Treasury the $500,000 per year that he is receiving, as former Speaker of the House, to employ three staff members whom he pays over $100,000 per year each and $6,300 per month rent, and a taxpayer-paid SUV for his use.

Chris Lauzen


state senator, 25th Legislative District