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Romney? Santorum? Local GOP Is Split

Republican leaders in the northern Chicago suburbs tell which candidate they're supporting for Republican presidential nominee.

 

With Illinois becoming a battleground for Republican presidential candidates over the next seven days, local GOP leaders are as split as the rest of the nation.

Patch asked local Republican township committeemen who they're supporting and got varied answers. One, however, ventured that any candidate will have his hands full challenging President Obama in the fall.

Maine Township Republicans

The committeeman of the Maine Township Republicans, State Rep. Rosemary Mulligan (Park Ridge), has announced her support for Romney.

"I'm a pro-choice Republican so I wouldn't back Santorum," she said. "I think he's pretty anti-woman as far as I can tell."

In a straw poll of the Maine Township Republican organization endorsement session two weeks ago, Romney received a clear majority of support, she said.

Moraine Township Republicans

Moraine Township Republican Chairman Lou Atsaves of Lake Forest said, “It’s probably Romney. He is the more moderate candidate. He can go all the way.”

New Trier Township

In New Trier Township, the top elected Republican official is Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) who has endorsed Romney.

“I support Governor Romney because he has a record of reaching across the aisle and working in a bipartisan way to get things done,” Dold said. “This is exactly the type of leadership we need to ensure that the Republican Party is an inclusive party, listening to the ideas of everyone and finding common ground on the important issues of the day."

New Trier Township Republican Organization Chairman Bill Cadigan is running as a Romney alternate delegate. 

“He has a favorable message on the economy,” Cadigan said. “He has been a CEO and he ran the Olympics. He has the experience we need right now.”

Niles Township Republicans

Joe Hedrick, the Niles Township Republican Committeeman, is running as a delegate for Santorum, but says the Niles Township Republicans have not endorsed a candidate.

"I don't want to exclude anyone. Several of the people are good people," he said. "After the primary, we want to get together and back whoever the winner is."

West Deerfield Township

Mark Shaw, West Deerfield Township's Committeeman, said, "My feeling is Romney will win because Illinois is a more moderate state. If Romney wins the popular vote it will give him momentum."

Best chance of beating Obama?

Hedrick didn't venture to say which candidate could beat President Obama in November.

"I feel whoever the nominee is; Obama is a very formidable candidate. The polls say it's 50-50--I think he's stronger than that," Hedrick ventured.

The November vote will depend partly on Obama, partly on Congress and partly on how the economy fares, he observed.

"It all boils down to whether you feel you can get a job and whether your neighbor feels he can get a job," Hedrick said.

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Ellie March 14, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Santorum is the best choice. He was the third-ranking Republican in Senate leadership. He succeeded in winning two full terms in the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, a "battleground" state, often going Democratic Santorum made possible the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. Today, he supports cutting in half the corporate tax to make America competitive. With John Kerry, Santorum sponsored the Workplace Religious Freedom Act. And as long ago as 2003, he urged sanctions against Syria. (Interestingly, Santorum's replacement in Pennsylvania, Bob Casey Jr., was just given an ignominous ZERO, by the Club for Growth, which rates all Senators on their votes for economic freedom and growth! Buyer's remorse anyone? Senator Mark Kirk received a very good score of 82 percent - out of 100).
RB March 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM
"local GOP is split"? The national GOP is split between the 14th century, pre 60's social reform and voting rights and pre 08 business as usual. It's a total mess and hopefully the public will wake up to it.
Dan C March 16, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I just can't understand how someone with even minimal brain activity can think Obama has done a good job. His record on the economy and national debt are objectively awful.
Peter March 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM
The only buyer's remorse is that Pat Toomey didn't take Snarlin' Arlen Specter out in 2006, thanks to Santorum's endorsement. We would have had Toomey in the senate in 2006 and it's Santorum's fault that we don't. The North Shore depends on an economy founded in free trade and the limiting of unions, two things Santorum does NOT believe in.
RB March 20, 2012 at 08:43 PM
You're certainly welcome to your own opinion, just not your own facts. President Obama inherited this economy from '43 and the debt issue has been building for decades. If the Republicans spent more time with real solutions other than trickle down economics and social reform, they might stand a chance. Instead, we've got women's rights, contraception, gay rights, war mongering, and English as a fiat language in Puerto Rico talking points. What I don't understand is why anyone with an education would fall for all this social engineering rhetoric coming from these guys. If you're gonna fall for it, at least try to get one of them to also really fix the economy and deal with substantive issues that advance America for ALL American's, not these same backward talking points over and over.

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