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GOP State Central Committee’s Rhonda Belford Attends 109th First Lady’s Luncheon Featuring Jill Biden in September

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By Illinois Review

Just five weeks before the November midterm election, Republican State Central Committee member Rhonda Belford, Dist. 12, was in Washington, DC attending the 109th First Lady’s Luncheon featuring First Lady Jill Biden. Second Gentlemen Douglas Emhoff, husband to Vice President Kamala Harris was also a featured guest.

First Lady Jill Biden at the 109th First Lady’s Luncheon in Washington, DC on September 23, 2022. (Photo credit: Rhonda Belford/Facebook)

The annual bipartisan event was attended by more than 2,000 people, who packed into the Washington Hilton Hotel for the September 23rd event.

Members of the US Military and their families were honored during the luncheon, a recognition that is well deserved, given the sacrifice that so many in our military and their families make every day in service to our country.

The 109th First Lady’s Luncheon featuring First Lady Jill Biden in Washington, DC on September 23, 2022. (Photo credit: Rona Simpson Bramlet/Facebook).

During the December State Central Committee meeting in Bolingbrook, Belford spoke for 20 minutes about the “Red Wave” of Republican victories in Illinois during the November midterm election, highlighting local victories in downstate counties that no one’s heard of before, including many of her fellow SSC members.

“Don’t tell me there wasn’t a red wave,” was a phrase she constantly repeated when rattling off local Republican victories. A point that made many of the grassroot conservatives in attendance laugh because of the absurdity of the suggestion that Illinois Republicans had a good day on November 8th.

But in reality, there wasn’t a red wave in Illinois, and as the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board pointed out in a Nov. 11 editorial,

“Republicans lost every state constitutional office – governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer – and 14 of 17 congressional seats. In the General Assembly, not only did the GOP fail to gain any ground on Democrats’ supermajority, Democrats notched a record number of seats in the Illinois House. And in the Illinois Supreme Court, where Republicans had an opportunity to gain two seats…they came up short. Democrats now have a comfortable 5-2 edge in the state’s high court.”

In May, Belford hosted an event for Republican State Rep. Patrick Windhorst, a friend and ally to House GOP Leader Jim Durkin, who on May 3, 2022, just days before Belford’s event, transferred $10,000 from Citizens for Durkin to Citizens for Patrick Windhorst.

In the last week, Illinois Review has published several articles about Durkin using his political influence to target conservative grassroots candidates during the Illinois Primary.

Sources also confirmed to Illinois Review that the IL GOP is blaming Durkin for the party’s postage discount abuse, where mailers “Paid for by the Republican Party of Illinois” were sent during the primary to viciously attack conservative Republican grassroots candidates that were challenging Durkin’s friends and political allies.

But while Belford attended a bipartisan event in Washington that honors the nation’s First Ladies, the optics of attending an event honoring Jill Biden just months before the November midterm elections, is a bad one. Especially when you are a senior leader of the IL GOP.

The 109th First Lady’s Luncheon featuring First Lady Jill Biden in Washington, DC on September 23, 2022. (Photo credit: Rona Simpson Bramlet/Facebook).

The next State Central Committee meeting is in February, and sources revealed to Illinois Review on Saturday that the meeting is private to prohibit grassroots conservatives from attending.

On Sunday afternoon, during the publication of this article, it was announced that Durkin is resigning his seat after more than 24 years in the Illinois legislature.

Stay tuned to Illinois Review for more updates.

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  1. […] ILLINOIS REVIEW— House GOP Leader Jim Durkin Resigning, Says Trump Republicans, 2nd Amendment and Pro-Life Issues “Dragged” GOP Down in Midterm Election (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Durkin in glorified and praised by hate-filled conservative-hating conservative-haters. I should write a book about how since 2000 the leaders of the following have treated conservatives, that is, how they have mistreated conservatives, that is, how they have dumped conservatives: Illinois House Republicans, Illinois Senate Republicans, Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Organization. Ever-increasingly, Durkin makes it clear that he, like McCain, has always rejected many planks in the Republican Party platform.)https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2023/01/breaking-house-gop-leader-jim-durkin-resigning-says-trump-republicans-2nd-amendment-and-pro-life-issues-dragged-gop-down-in-midterm-election.html(FROM THE ARTICLE: In media interviews after announcing his resignation as House GOP leader, State Rep. Jim Durkin attempted to place all of the blame on the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump. “As long as we continue to say that we are the party of Trump and that we have to abide by the party principles in the platform, 100% we’re gonna continue down this path of losing,” said Durkin. But pointing fingers and blaming others is exactly why Illinois House Republicans are in the super minority – and Durkin has no one else to blame but himself. And blaming the former President does nothing but distract from his own leadership failures. In announcing his resignation on Sunday, Durkin once again began pointing fingers, saying, “I hope that at some point in the near future, and I think we’re getting there, that the party breaks its fever of Donald Trump and understands and learns from the past. Some people will never get there.” But Durkin didn’t just stop there. “So I would just say the sooner that the public realizes that he’s not value added to the Republican Party, we can start looking at what this party used to be about. A party that didn’t insist upon this purity test. A party that is a fiscally conservative first of all, certainly, but we can have a fair and respectful debate within the party on issues related to the Second Amendment, to life and these other social issues, that have been dragging us down in areas that we have to compete in — mainly the suburbs and the collar counties.” To suggest that Second Amendment and pro-life issues are “dragging” the Republican party down is an insult – they are issues that make us Republicans in the first place. In the last week, Illinois Review has published several articles about Durkin using his political influence to target conservative grassroots candidates during the Illinois Primary. Sources also confirmed to Illinois Review that the IL GOP is blaming Durkin for the party’s postage discount abuse, where mailers “Paid for by the Republican Party of Illinois” were sent during the primary to viciously attack conservative Republican grassroots candidates that were challenging Durkin’s friends and political allies. Just a few days ago, Durkin was the only Republican to join the Democrats, voting in favor of the assault weapons ban. The legislation “immediately prohibits the manufacturing, possession, delivery, sales, and purchase of assault weapons” with a few exceptions – if you are a police officer or you are in the military. The Illinois Freedom Caucus sent a late night email urging conservatives to call Democrats and urge them to vote “No,” arguing that the Democrats admitted in committee that they did not consult with gun groups while drafting the legislation – including the Illinois State Rifle Association, who plans on filing a lawsuit when the bill becomes law. Durkin remains a close ally and best friend of IL GOP chairman Don Tracy. During the primary, Durkin was a supporter of Richard Irvin’s Republican campaign for governor, despite Irvin pulling Democratic Primary ballots in 2014, 2016 and 2020.)— GOP State Central Committee’s Rhonda Belford Attends 109th First Lady’s Luncheon Featuring Jill Biden in Septemberhttps://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2023/01/gop-state-central-committees-rhonda-belford-at… […]