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Blame state GOP, too

Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I am writing to draw attention to the glaring inconsistency between the image and reality of state Rep. Mike Tryon.

Tryon is the chairman of the McHenry County Republican Party and regularly presents himself as a fiscally conservative steward of our state’s scarce resources. His voting record, however, does not line up with this image.

Tryon has voted against comprehensive, public-sector pension reform at every opportunity this year. He also gets thousands of dollars from teachers unions to fund his campaigns. It is impossible for me to square the notion of a representative voting against fixing our state’s nearly $100 billion pension crisis with someone who in the same breath refers to himself as “fiscally conservative.” Most Republicans in the Illinois House are actually not conservative at all. As a whole, less than half voted for any type of pension reform.

I truly wish the media would drill drown beyond Mike Madigan and expose that Republicans such as Tryon are equally responsible for the mess our state finds itself in. They are not interested in making tough choices if it may result in losing an election down the road.

Apparently, one does not have to be a Chicago Democrat to be addicted to holding public office and eating from the public trough.

Tom Ganka

Wonder Lake

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