FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bob Peickert – (630) 421-2405
Operation: Turn DuPage Blue opposes
proposed legislation aimed at
restricting political participation
With a mission not only to elect Democrats in DuPage County but to widen the local political landscape by encouraging grassroots and progressive candidates, Operation: Turn DuPage Blue is strongly advocating the rejection of proposed legislation that would make it much more difficult for such campaigns to get off the ground.
State Senator Dan Cronin (R-21) recently submitted an
amendment to House Bill 1752 that would increase by 300% the number of
signatures required for candidates to appear on
Such legislation would seemingly be at odds with Senator Cronin’s promotion of a strong two-party system of government, as stated in his recent letters to the editor of two publications.
In his June 14, 2007 letter to the Elmhurst Press, Senator Cronin wrote: “It has become imminently clear that one-party rule in the General Assembly does not benefit the people we were elected to represent.” He reiterated his point saying, “This legislative session is a perfect example of why a partisan balance is critical to the legislative process.”
In his August 7, 2007 letter to the Daily Herald, Cronin
again called for a two-party system of governance. Cronin stated that
In challenging not only the particulars of the proposed
amendment, but the motives behind it, Operation Turn DuPage
Blue Chair Bob Peickert asks, “Doesn't Senator Cronin
see the hypocrisy in his proposed amendment? Cronin wants to change
A bit more colloquially, OTDB Executive Director Amy Tauchman adds, “Something smells fishy -- and it's not the Friday special at Curly's.”
Operation Turn DuPage Blue will be making calls and sending e-mails to Democratic legislators encouraging their rejection of this amendment.