February 14, 2008

Longtime R.I. County Democratic Chairman Gianulis to resign

John Gianulis, chairman of the R.I. County Democratic Central Committee for over 40 years, has announced his resignation of the post due to health concerns.

Gianulis has led the county party to a remarkable run of electoral success over the years, ensuring that Democratic candidates have dominated the area at county, state, and national levels for decades.

Now in his early 80's, Gianulis continued to retain his seemingly boundless energy and focus but has decided to step down due to health issues.

Best wishes to John G. and gratitude for his very long and successful efforts in behalf of the Democratic party and candidates.

One of the very first posts on this blog almost exactly three years ago posed the question of who should take the reigns as county chair after Gianulis.

It would be impossible to fill Gianulis' shoes, but who would be the best to succeed him as county chair? Aside from who would be best, who likely will?

And feel free to offer your thoughts on the legendary John G.


At 2/15/2008 1:02 AM, Anonymous nooncat said...

Sad to hear John has to step down. He's been a boon to the party locally. As well as a long-standing asset to his church. (I can vouch for that 'cause he and I belong to the same congregation.)

At 2/15/2008 8:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy your retirement John! Mary Jane will happy to have you around! Congrats!

At 2/15/2008 11:27 AM, Blogger UMRBlog said...

John is a special and longstanding friend of the UMRBlog family. In statewide politics, his greatest asset was his ability to get people who didn't much like each other or who were rivals for some goodie or other to work together for the greater good. When you worked with John, you worked hard but always had fun.

Be Well, Dear Friend.

At 2/20/2008 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's about time somebody took out the trash.

John G is a symbol of what's wrong with the Democratic party. John stands for patronage and backroom deals.

John had no faith in the voter's themselves, and helped to perfect the art of appointments to "elected" positions like Mike Jacobs inheriting his father's job.

It's time to end the RICo politboro and bring a new era of real democracy to Rock Island County.


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