A primary challenge challenge

A primary challenge challenge

Posted by Kerry Lester on Tue, 12/13/2011 - 15:25

Up in the Barrington area, David McSweeney of Barrington Hills is trying to clear out his competition in the GOP primary for the Illinois House by challenging the petition signatures turned in by his two opponents, incumbent state Rep. Kent Gaffney of Lake Barrington and Danielle Rowe of Island Lake.

McSweeney sent out a statement that said, among other things...

I have taken this step in order to sustain the integrity of the petition process and to respect the high ethical standards that the people of the 52nd should expect from candidates and elected officials. I believe that the Illinois State Board of Elections will determine that both of my opponents will not qualify to be on the ballot.

As it turns out, McSweeney's petitions have been challenged as well.

A call to Gaffney wasn't returned yesterday, but we did catch up with Danielle Rowe, who called McSweeney's charges "frivolous."

Rowe says she's aware politics is "a full contact sport" and "understands that there's a way to be agressive."

But she believes McSweeney is acting like a "bully."

"Bullying is unacceptable. We teach our children not to do it. There's a line. Where do you draw the line?" she asked.

Challenges are considered by the State Board of Elections in the coming weeks, and they'll decide whether petition signatures are legit and if a candidate should get to stay on the ballot.

In the meantime, this is just more evidence that the 52nd district race should be among the hottest in the suburbs this primary.

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