April 24, 2006

Getz out, Carpentier, Gianulis in, Schwigen annouces he'll announce.

A piece in Friday's D/A notes that Tom Getz will be stepping down as Republican County Chair to be replaced by township assessor and member of yet another local political dynasty, Sue Carpetier, and Kraig Schwigen announcing that he'll formally announce as Republican candidate for R.I. County Sheriff.

And in something which seems straight out of the movie "Groundhog Day", John Gianulis was elected unanimously to be R.I. County Democratic chair for the 473rd time. Guess you don't mess with success.
After six years at the helm of the Rock Island County Republican party, chairman Tom Getz stepped down at the GOP's caucus Wednesday.

Susan Carpentier, South Rock Island Township assessor, was elected to replace Mr. Getz. She served as the party's chairwoman under Mr. Getz.

The party also selected Kraig Schwigen, a lieutenant with the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department, as its candidate for sheriff in the November race.

Rock Island County Democrats also met Wednesday night, unanimously re-electing John Gianulis as county chairman.

Mr. Getz, 78, stepped down to focus more time on business interests and the ongoing rehabilitation for his wife, Karen, who was injured in a January 2004 auto accident.

"I agreed I would do it for two years, and now it has been six," Mr. Getz said. "The time has come to turn it over. I don't feel I can give the chairmanship the time it needs."

He leaves the party in good shape, he said.

"I think we were able to strengthen the organization with a good group of volunteers," he said. "We opened a new office in downtown Moline that was more centralized, and I left the organization in better shape financially."

One area where he finds disappointment is failing to unseat 12-term U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, D-Rock Island. Rep. Evans announced last month he will retire at the end of the year.
Ms. Carpentier comes from a line of Republicans who served the people of Illinois. Her grandfather, Charles Carpentier, was secretary of state, and her father, Donald Carpentier, served as state senator.

"You could say I was born into this," she said. "I am excited about the energy this fall, with the congressional district being wide open, the sheriff's race and the governor's race."

She says she inherits a strong organization.
Mr. Schwigen, a 20-year veteran of the sheriff's department, filed his candidacy papers Thursday. He will make a formal announcement next week. Democrat Mike Huff, a sergeant at the sheriff's department, beat incumbent Mike Grchan in last month's primary.
Mr. Gianulis said he will appoint committeemen to the 41 vacant Democratic precincts soon, but said he didn't know when that would be.

Democrats in the 17th Congressional District are uncertain whether appointed committeemen will be allowed to vote in the nominating process to replace Rep. Evans.

Several county chairmen have said they would appoint precinct committeemen to the vacant precincts in case they will be allowed to vote in the weighted election that is part of the replacement process.


At 4/24/2006 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Fridays QCTimes, "Meantime, Gianulis said he expects the new committeemen will be allowed to vote, and he is appointing them only if they promise their vote to Hare."

At 4/24/2006 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good to see Susy Carpentier take over the local Republican Party. Suzy is a great friend and someone everyone can support. Good luck Susy!

At 4/24/2006 10:42 PM, Anonymous Political geek said...

This job is thankless. There are only 23 committeemen out of 120 possible. There is only one republican county board member out of 24. There is not now, and has not been for nearly thirty years, a republican Rock Island County Office holder. Our congressman, our state senator, both our state representatives and our governor are all democrats. Our president is a republican, but is suffering record low approval ratings, and with the recent conviction of Ryan, this is once again not likely a republican's year. The counties surrounding Rock Island County are much the opposite and there does not appear to be any recent trend to change. The contrary is true. Republicans who want republican leadership in their home area are migrating to other counties. Democrates who are unhappy with the republican leadership are moving to Rock Island County. Those people who are unhappy with the state's politics are moving out. Labor's hub is in R.I.C. and this is responsible for some of the effects. All in all, the R.I.C. Republican Chair is likely to lose some of her excitement on November 7th.

At 4/25/2006 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't there a Carpentier Jacobs relationship somewhere.

At 4/25/2006 12:27 PM, Anonymous Dogboy said...

Contrary geek, Susy Carpentier could well be celebrating a crucial victory against state Rep. Mike Boland. New polling shows that Boland issuffering from running for two offices at once. As well the Republican Elect Comittee in the House has named Boland their number on target.

Look for the House Republicans to pour money into this race.

Last time these two men met Harring actually won Whiteside, Carroll and darn near won Henry County.

Now that Boland has outraged the Evans' campaign and severed his ties with Illinois Senator Mike Jacobs' Camp, together these folks could well dump Boland in the General Election!

As well, so distrurbing financial news is working it's way out of the South Moline Township which M. Boland runs!

At 4/25/2006 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, yes. Carpentier and Jacobs are cousins.

These two families are very interested in public service!

At 4/25/2006 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"public service" That's funny.

Two nepotistic political families, and they even intermarried, kind of like Sen. Mike marrying the daughter of a Republican mayor of Moline.

Seems like they're either trying to perpetuate some dynasty or that love knows no ideology.

And neither, probably, do the politicians involved. It's all about money and power. Dem, Republican, it makes no difference to them, just a choice of which horse to ride. They'd switch parties tomorrow if they thought it would give them an advantage.

At 4/25/2006 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, yes, the Jacobs-Carpentier alliance is alive and well.

At 4/26/2006 12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that a good thing? How can we trust a Jacobs to fight a very tough fight against local Republicans when he's related to their damn county chair?

At 4/26/2006 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Jacobs and Carpentiers have no blood relationship at all. Think they are several generations removed to being step cousins.

At 4/26/2006 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike's grandpa (Emil Caprentier) and Suzy's grandpa, Charles Carpentier were borthers.

At 4/26/2006 9:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah just cousins. Don't you worrie. They are hardly related at all. Go back to your orriginal broadcasts.

At 4/27/2006 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, maybe that explains why on occasion the Jacobs have backed Republicans, like Randy Thomas over Don Whooten back in 1980?

At 4/27/2006 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're nuts anon 13:18.
I am a life long dem and my husband is republican.
Does that mean I am swayed by the republican husband?
Not on your life mister!
So what if people are related and on opposite sides of the fence.
Happens all the time.
You people on this blog just love to say crap about the Jacobs family.
I guess they draw comments to the blog.

At 4/27/2006 5:09 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You're really mixed up.

People don't comment here to try to draw traffic to the blog. They comment here to say what they want to say.

Please get that straight.

At 4/27/2006 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No it better explains why the Jacobs' Family does so well in General Elections.

At 4/27/2006 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are thinking of Mike Boland when he publically endorsed Bud Ford the republican against Denny Jacobs after Jacobs beat Boland for the Senate seat.

At 4/27/2006 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Jacobs backed Thomas, the Republican, against Whooten, and Boland backed Ford, the Republican, against Jacobs.

Maybe the Bolands and the Jacobs deserve each other after all!

At 4/28/2006 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting theory. I highly doubt that Ms. Carpentier is out working for anyone named Jacobs. She works for the republican party and to get the vote out for republicans. Congrats Susy!

At 4/28/2006 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can bury your head in the sand, but the Jacobs and Carpentiers have always been close. In fact, Jacobs is close with many Republicans, but unlike Mike Boland, neither Mike or Denny Jacopbs have ever publicly endorsed a Republican over a Democrat. That distinction is left to turncoat Mike Boland! How fun!

Only Boland endorsed a Republican over a Democrat for high office.

At 4/28/2006 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do you people get your information about Denny Jacobs backing Thomas since it's not even remotely true.

At 4/28/2006 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is not so. Phil Hare endorsed Randy Thomas, the Republican, against Whooten. You people weren't even paying attention to this issue.


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