Ford County GOP endorses Santorum, Cultra

Ford County GOP endorses Santorum, Cultra

PAXTON — Ford County's Republican Party is on record as supporting Rick Santorum for president and Shane Cultra for a full term as state senator.

Eric Thompson, chairman of the 22-member central committee, said the vote earlier this month was "a blowout" for Santorum, and Cultra, who is being challenged by state Rep. Jason Barickman, R-Champaign, in the new 53rd Senate District, "won handily."

The committeemen could not, however, make an endorsement in the 106th House District race where Ford County resident Tom Bennett is among five Republicans vying for an open seat.

"It was pretty well split," although "Bennett received a substantial number of the votes," Thompson said. The other candidates in the race, which will be decided at the March 20 primary election, are Scott McCoy of Pontiac, Josh Harms of Watseka, Richard Thomas of Dwight and Brian Gabor of Pontiac.

Thompson declined to disclose vote totals but said he was surprised by the level of support for Santorum, adding that he thought "(Mitt) Romney would garner a lot more votes than he did."

The Ford County endorsement vote was made the night of Feb. 7, the same night Santorum won caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado and a nonbinding primary in Missouri.

"We were ahead of the curve," Thompson boasted. "He was winning in those other places just as we were voting to endorse him."

The party also voted to support Doug Wallace for coroner and county board members Gene May, David Hastings, Richard Hewerdine, Cindy Ihrke, Patricia Haskins, Ann Ihrke and Robert Lindgren. All have contested primaries.

Not only can the endorsed candidates promote the party's backing in their own campaign literature, but the party also will be mailing about 5,000 sample ballots listing the endorsements to Ford County voters.

"A lot of central committees don't endorse," Thompson said, "but it's our belief that if we don't take a stand on a candidate then what do we stand for?"

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spangwurfelt wrote on February 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Dear GOP: if you can't nominate Newt Gingrich, please nominate Rick Santorum.

Signed, every Democrat in the nation.

JeffCarroll wrote on February 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Ford County Republicans should be ashamed to support such an archaic, angry, hateful candidate. This is Rick Santorum from Ave Maria University in Florida in 2008. Hopefully none of you are smart or Protestant (or a woman), because this candidate doesn't think much of you.

"This is not a political war at all. This is not a cultural war. This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country - the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age? There is no one else to go after other than the United States and that has been the case now for almost two hundred years, once America's preeminence was sown by our great Founding Fathers…. The place where he was, in my mind, the most successful and first successful was in academia. He understood pride of smart people. He attacked them at their weakest, that they were, in fact, smarter than everybody else and could come up with something new and different. Pursue new truths, deny the existence of truth, play with it because they're smart. And so academia, a long time ago, fell…. [O]once the colleges fell and those who were being education in our institutions, the next was the church. Now you’d say, ‘wait, the Catholic Church’? No. We all know that this country was founded on a Judeo-Christian ethic but the Judeo-Christian ethic was a Protestant Judeo-Christian ethic, sure the Catholics had some influence, but this was a Protestant country and the Protestant ethic, mainstream, mainline Protestantism, and of course we look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity."

Mark Taylor wrote on February 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Santorum is right. He should make an aspirin bottle his campaign symbol because that was a funny joke his donor told. Here's another good one I heard: a young couple just married but not ready yet for kids asked their doctor for advice on a full proof way to avoid getting preggers. The doctor shot back "have an apple". The couple looked at each other stunned look on their faces. "Before or after?" the man asked? "Instead" the doctor said. 

Hehe. Sex is for procreation! Why can't liberals understand this simple fact of nature? You shouldn't be doing it if your not willing to accept the consequences. Heck, I'd even support government supplied free aspirin for everyone under 50 if it would help people keep their libidos in check. The Prince of Lies loves it every time you give into sinful temptation. STAND UP FOR MORALITY and just say no to sex unless your trying to make a baby. All contraception - from "the morning after pill" to condoms are murder. No reputable store should sell them. Maybe we should all agreed to boycott the stores that do sell them until they stop. Who's with me?

lim glad the the men of the local Republican party support Santorum. We need men like Santorum in national, state and local office. He's on record supporting states outlawing contraception. If we elect local and state Republicans to office, they can do what Santorum says and work to ban contraception in this Illinois. And then, because of the tenth amendment, Obama the communist in chief won't be able to do anything about it. 

 

Sid Saltfork wrote on February 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Gee.. I can only hope that Santorum is the GOP candidate.  If Romney cannot buy the candidate job, Santorum should get it.  Santorum would make a great GOP candidate.

Dudesickle wrote on February 18, 2012 at 7:02 pm

       I love the way people use the guise of "religious beliefs" to try to dictate and control every aspect of other peoples lives. It seems to me this happened during the Spanish Inquisition also.

Sid Saltfork wrote on February 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Like John McCain said: "This is not a good year to be a Republican".  Pandering to the right-wingers will require some great transformation after becoming the candidate in order to pander to all of the voters in the Presidential Election.  The GOP convention should make for some great news coverage if news coverage is allowed.  Bibles, guns, and aspirins seems to be the platform.

pushpin1 wrote on February 19, 2012 at 6:02 am

In a review of a new Thomas Frank book, Michael Kinsley refers to TF's What's The Matter with Kansas? writing that Frank claims working people continue to be duped into supporting measures manifestly against their own self-interest.

"Frank attributes this to a clever bait-and-switch by conservatives, who appeal to middle and lower-class voters on the basis of social issues like abortion and gay rights in the military, and values like patriotism and religion. And then they govern on the agenda of traditional Republican groups like businessmen and bankers."

 

 

jh82 wrote on February 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm

The Ford county gop just snowballed the public to support their own guy Bennet in the state rep race!

The chairman Thompson talks about how Bennett got a substantial number of votes but that is a lie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He is not telling you that Scott Mccoy from Pontiac actually WON the vote and he doesn't want that made public! Yup MCCOY WON beating thier own establishment candidate Bennett.

The gop around here is just as corrupt as all other political parties and politicians. They tell us what to believe and the paper prints it.

Thompson is keeping the public in the dark to support his guy Bennett. The ethics of these guys just keeps showing! NG you better figure this out! and others on the committee who are allowing this to happen are just as much to blame.

mac14 wrote on February 22, 2012 at 9:02 pm

It seems as though you are a part of the McCoy campaign and/or huge supporter and are using your post to help push your candidate ahead in the race, but I think you have done more to hurt McCoy than the Chairman with your comment.  You may wish you consider removing your post before more harm is done.  Although at this point, you may have reached a point of no return.  You may want to gather some FACTS instead of just assuming and jumping to conclusions before you go on a public forum to critize someone and call them a liar.