The Illinois GOP can do better than this

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When a suburban state lawmaker stepped down this summer, disgraced by a nude photo controversy, the Republican officials responsible for replacing him in the House and on the ballot began taking applications. The election is Nov. 6. Clock, ticking.

You might assume they would select someone safe — a principled, vetted Republican without baggage. The incumbent was Rep. Nick Sauer, who resigned Aug. 2 after an ex-girlfriend accused him of posting unauthorized pictures of her naked on an Instagram account. Chicago police and the Lake County state’s attorney are investigating.

That was a mess. Move beyond it? Not exactly. Judicious is not how they roll in Lake County.

Mark Shaw, Lake County GOP chairman and co-chair of the Illinois Republican Party, and Chris Geissler, Barrington Township GOP committeeman, interviewed nine candidates to replace Sauer, according to Shaw. They selected Helene Miller Walsh. She is now the representative of the 51st District and faces Democrat Mary Edly-Allen on the ballot.

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August 27, 2018 at 06:21PM

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