January 17, 2006

Rock Island County Sheriff's race

I was provided the address for Rock Island County Sheriff candidate Mike Huff today, and it's available in the candidate area of the sidebar.

A fundraiser reception for incumbent Mike Grchan is to be held Sunday, January 29th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Blue Ribbon Steak House, 1601 River Drive, Moline.

Any thoughts on this candidates and/or this race?

21 Comments:

At 1/17/2006 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very nice of you to place invites to fundraiser on this page. I am a big Grchan fan and am happy to find out about the event as I will be attending.

Thanks!!

 
At 1/18/2006 12:12 AM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

The incumbent, Mike Grchan, garnered less than 50% of the vote the last time around with three or four opponents in the race. Conventional wisdom then, back in 2002, was that he would lose if he were in a two-candidate race.

Now he has it, but my money is still on this incumbent. He's fairly popular, has a loyal network of supporters, and let's face facts: how many times are incumbents upset.

Huff may be a good and qualified candidate, but the incumbent has the edge.

 
At 1/18/2006 3:47 AM, Anonymous Mike fan said...

I have nothing to do with Grchen's campaign and I'm not in law enforcement or the legal system, but I'll admit up front that I can't be objective about this race.

I don't know anything about Huff, but I've been aquianted with Mike Grchen for years and I just like the guy a lot.

He is a decent, conscientious guy, not flawless, of course, but a very decent, nice man. He works hard, he's managed the department well and served during the planning, construction, and opening of the new jail/court building. I've not heard anything which would convince me he's not doing a good job as sheriff.

As the commenter above said, for all I know Huff is a great guy and might make a good sheriff, but I know Mike Grchan and I think far too much of him to ever vote for anyone else.

I hope YoungDem's prediction is right.

 
At 1/18/2006 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Mr. Grchan has out stayed his welcome. It's time for a change.

 
At 1/18/2006 5:30 PM, Blogger EMDEMO said...

It is quite evident that if you do not know of Grchan's Labor Law violations (actual convictions), and anti Union tactics that is regularly employed at his department you would think he is a good guy. In fact he is not. Or unless you are not concerned with union members rights. Grchan has wasted hundreds of thousands of taxpayers dollars in fighting labor. He only claims to be a union man when he wants your money. I have viewed the actual cases on Mike Huff's website. WWW.VoteHuff.com.. If you cared about the publics and your own safety, then you would relize that Grchan has to go. A low moral work place breeds contempt. I don't think is in the best interest of us citizens to have a bunch of police officers (supposed to serve and protect) doing a subpar job when it comes to our saftey and wellbeing because of a union hating Sheriff. Do you?

 
At 1/18/2006 5:41 PM, Blogger rico dem said...

In 1998 Mike Grchan only won by 500 votes, in a two man race.
In 2002 he only received 38 % of the vote.
It is 2006 and he is in another two man race. Over the years he has lost alot of support. I feel his days are over. I am supporting the winning candidate Mike Huff.
Mike Grchan you are the weakest link! BYE

 
At 1/19/2006 11:41 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I have no doubt that he's not a nice guy to you. Who could blame him. Usually when someone has it out for you, you're not real chummy with them.

There's a lot about your comment which really doesn't hold water.
If this is the best you can do, then thanks. I'll vote for Grchen.

Nothing in your comment is any rational reason to suppose Huff would do any better. Not a word about what Huff brings to the table, and nothing but dubious claims, likely utterly false, about Grchen.

First of all, you assume that someone else could just waltz into the office and accomodate the union 100%. It's pretty shallow thinking to imagine that Grchan is "anti-union" as you put it, out of some twisted desire to screw his workers just for the hell of it.

Do you think that perhaps there's a reason behind it? Like perhaps having to operate within a budget?

Is this Huff guy going to just throw the budget out the window and give the unions all they want? Will he cut money out of the budget which is devoted to maintenence of prisoners and other vital areas?
Will he make conditions unliveable in the jail in order to give employees ever more money and benefits, thus making it more dangerous and brutal for jail workers?

I've been there and the place isn't a country club. It's running on bare bones as it is.

Morale is important, but you're in dreamland if you think simply giving well-paid employees even more money is going to keep them happy for long. Grchen could give them money and benefits and everything else, but would that then make you support him? Ha! I doubt it.

You write:
"If you cared about the public's and your own safety, then you would relize that Grchan has to go."

That is a sugestion with absolutely no evidence to back it up.

There's no reason to believe that the public's safety, (or even mine) is any more in danger because of who's sheriff, much less because of Grchen. Where in the hell did you get that? What's your evidence?

So if I care about public safety, that would make me realize Grchan has to go? How? Because Mike didn't cave in to the union we're all not safe? That's preposterous.

You write:
"A low moral work place breeds contempt. I don't think is in the best interest of us citizens to have a bunch of police officers (supposed to serve and protect) doing a subpar job when it comes to our saftey and well being"

OK, let's stop right there. I think that's a point we can agree on. No one thinks it's good having cops refusing to do their sworn duty and doing a rotten job.

But then you make this enormous leap when you continue...."because of a union hating Sheriff."

You know what that says to me? It says that if these sheriffs are such wussys that they'd do a rotten job because they don't love their boss and because their union isn't getting all their demands met, then they all ought to be thrown out on the cans! Good Lord!

If everyone that didn't like their boss and didn't think they were getting enough money thought they could just start doing a crappy job, not to mention putting people's lives and property at risk as in this case, then society would grind to a halt!

If you have a whine about union demands, I suggest you take it up with the press, the union, the sheriff, and do a better job of negotiating.

But don't try to make it into some sort of crap suggesting we're all at risk because the union cops aren't getting what they want.

That's just plain goofy, as is the attempt to suggest that it's all Grchen's fault.

Nice try... but no sale.

If you can't get your union demands met, mounting a campaign against the sitting sheriff for no other purpose is not that noble.

I'm not sure this union complaint is really gonna get it done for you guys.

 
At 1/19/2006 3:55 PM, Blogger EMDEMO said...

If you think that the public's safety isn't at risk by leaving Grchan (proper spelling) in, then you need to talk to the Doris Hays family. Do you remember that incident? The nice old lady that died along side the road because of NO response to her accident by the Rock Island County Sheriff's Dept.. Hmmm. I question if so, then you must not have an objective opinion on this race. This is only one of many instinces. As of Grchan's anti union tactics, all you have to do is search his name on the internet. Also Huff's website. These are not things of opinion, they are facts and actual arbitration and legal court decisions. I am strictly fact based sir. I would love nothing more than to see these two men have an open forum debate publicly. I think we would find out a lot.

Talking about a budget. On one case, Grchan hired his own attorney, on top of the one the county already had provided without the county's permision or authority and then gave them (county board)a $50,000.00 bill for the attorney fees. That doesn't seem to responsible.

Lets make informed decisions, not blind ones.

 
At 1/19/2006 4:39 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I'm not denying that there's been suits over labor trouble or whatever. I trust your word on that. I'll have to check into it on Huff's site.

But please tell us how the lack of response to this poor woman's accident is directly related to the fact that Mike Grchen was sheriff at the time.
And if you say that is only one of many instances, then wouldn't it be just as reasonable to hold the deputies accountable for poor performance? Why is this all Grchan's fault? Was he on patrol in that area that night?

Or are you suggesting that the deputies responded slowly because they were so demoralized by the fact that Grchan didn't go along with their union's demands?

Bush puts in some incompetent bumbler as head of FEMA and many people died, yet if anyone tries to blame Bush, people scream it's unfair.
Why is Grchan being blamed for the sins of deputies? I know the buck stops with the guy at the top, but what did Grchan do exactly to cause these unnamed incidents you point to?

The attorney thing sounds pretty hinky on the face of it, but again, I'm not aware of all the facts.

Just keeping things real here. I'd do the same if someone was attacking Huff in a similar way.

You may be surprised that anyone actually supports Grchan and isn't as outraged as you are, but I imagine there's lots of people like that out there.

And if you're going to pursuede them, you better make a good case and provide facts and reasons why Grchan should be held accountable for all these bad things you allude to.

 
At 1/19/2006 9:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am happy you are attacking Huff and are for Grchen. He is the best and so are you Dope. Go get him.

 
At 1/20/2006 4:09 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I'd point out that I have NOT attacked Huff in any way shape or form.

I do favor Grchan however.

 
At 1/20/2006 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grchan supporters are among the few now days. Hopefully no ones feelings are hurt when the sixteen year incumbent is beaten.

The machine has broken. The poor man only recieved 38% of the vote last time. For some reason he has burnt many bridges with some of his closest supporters. I believe he will be lucky to break 30% this time. Doesn't matter who would be running against him. With a one on one race, he is done.

But good luck anyway.

 
At 1/20/2006 7:01 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I am puzzled about why private information on employees would be on Huff's web site? Huh??

Isn't that stuff that is negotiated and discussed in private and only the employee and union rep know outside management? Sounds screwy to me.

 
At 1/21/2006 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to maybesomeday:

Some times the truth just realy hurts! That is what he is afraid of. The truth to come out about him (Grchan).

 
At 1/22/2006 8:08 AM, Blogger EMDEMO said...

In response to Grchan's anti union tactics:

I am not talking about him or the county giving in to any union demands. Giving more money is not the issue. I am talking about how employee's get desparitively treated when they do exercise there union rights. Simple things like filing grievences.

One employee was terminated for simply filing a grievence. How crazy is that? This is backed up by the actual arbitration document on Huff's website.

I would never had known or believed any of this had I not seen it there myself.

I am a strong union employee of this area and I find these kind of tactics horrifying. Verry demoralizing.

 
At 2/03/2006 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's going on with Grchan? Isn't he running for Sheriff? Looking for some Grchan signs but all I see are Huff signs.

 
At 2/10/2006 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope your readers are aware of the fact that Sheriff Grchan is a strong union supporter and is a charter member of the FOP Lodge 61. I also hope they are aware that disgruntled and poor workers hide behind their union shields, jump from behind that protection, take unwarranted potshots at good people in management positions, jump back behind cover, and tell anyone that will listen what great union workers they are! What has Huff really accomplished. I have yet to see it.

 
At 2/11/2006 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a disgruntled middle management person wrote this. This person obviously does not know Mr. Grchan very well. Unless that is how this person got to where they are at there. Hmmm.

 
At 2/11/2006 4:52 PM, Blogger EMDEMO said...

I am sure that the readers of this blog also know the difference between fact and rhetoric. The person who posted the last one is talking pure rhetoric.

This is quite apperant, because a good union person does't get convicted, and I say again convicted, of two unfair labor practices. This is an illegal labor action for those of you who don't know.

For the record, Mr. Grchan is not a member of the FOP Lodge 61 bargaining unit. He is not a union member. He is a Fraternal Lodge member. It has nothing to do with the union.

This person must be ignorant to that fact, or is fabricating things. Not sure which? Mr. Grchan is such a good friend to labor, (not really) that AFSCME (the union that represents the majority of the County's employees)has endorsed Mike Huff for Sheriff of Rock Island County. Not Grchan. Must be a problem there. But that is for the voters to decide.

Again, just the facts here. I wish someone would show me what makes Mr. Grchan such a good friend and supporter of the unions. Other than just saying he is. Mr. Huff on the other hand has been a long standing union representative for the bargaining unit (FOP Lodge 61). Quite frequently has stood up for his members. Time and time again.

Also this person talks about someone hiding behind shields to hide disgruntledness. Why is this posted as anonymous? Hmmm.

The proof is in the facts folks. Nothing else.

 
At 2/12/2006 2:10 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

A commenter just left a comment which I'll paraphrase as the comment was very long and, for who knows what reason, typed in all caps. This is considered the online equivelent of shouting, is not necessary, and a good way to get a comment dumped.

The commenter maintains that in invitations to a Grchan fundraiser, R.I. County States Attorney Jeff Terronez and state Senator Mike Jacobs were listed or it was suggested that they supported Grchan for re-election.

The commenter said that he'd "been in contact with someone who has contacted both men and they are extremely upset that Grchan used there (sic) names."

The commenter who left this, to their credit, said that this was all hearsay, and readers should take it as they may.

I thought that at least the commenter's charge should be put out here so that anyone who sees this has a chance to respond.

 
At 8/21/2007 1:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

huff fans just wait. if you give the man enough rope he will hang himself...just wait. you are going to eat your own words as well when this dumbass falls on his face. this man is a complete coward. FACTS AND ALL. sounds like a personal opinion huh. yeah well how personal shall we get...lets just ask the two men he "jokingly" pulled a gun on...FACT...THE TRUTH HURTS NOW HUH???

 

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