CHICAGO – Sources inside the loop are telling Illinois Review that Governor Rauner's pick to succeed retiring State Senator Matt Murphy is Rolling Meadows' Mayor Tom Rooney.
The Daily Herald is reporting that State Rep. David Harris dropped out of the six-person competition, leaving Rooney, State Rep. Tom Morrison, Palatine Township Republican Committeeman Aaron Del Mar, Palatine Township Supervisor Sharon Langlotz-Johnson and Arlington Heights Trustee Joe Farwell as those who are still in the running.
Rep. Morrison told Illinois Review Tuesday evening that he recommended support for Rooney.
"I was interested in the Murphy seat, but given the current political landscape, I also want to help ensure conservative representation in both the House and Senate," Morrison said.
The final decision will be made by district GOP committeeman – one of which is Aaron Del Mar, who from Palatine Township, has 41 percent of the weighted vote. Second is Wheeling Township's Ruth O'Connell who preferred Harris, but said she would support Rooney or Morrison.
The deciding vote is likely to be made by Art Niewiardowski of the Elk Grove Township. The other two remaining townships make up two percent or less of the vote.
More to come …
IF AARON DEL MAR DOES NOT GET THIS SEAT, THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY WILL NEVER SUPPORT A REPUBLICAN AGAIN. DEL MAR IS THE REAL CONSERVATIVE, LIKE JOHN KASICH
Who gives a rip who “Rauner’s pick” is? Why was he and his people even allowed to interview those candidates?
These township committeemen need to read the election code and realize that the law is very clear about the process and nowhere does it say that the Governor gets a vote in this! Committeemen, start representing your voters and not the checkbook. Start talking to your constituents – who do THEY want???
Was that before or after Del Mar was a huge Hillary Clinton supporter in 2008?
Anybody but Del Mar.