To the Editor:
I feel it is important to express my view that the new leadership of the McHenry County Republican Party is a giant step backward for common-sense, conservative policies, and a bad sign for the long-term viability of the party.
Diane Evertsen, the new party secretary, as a founder of the Midwest Minutemen, is a leader of an anti-immigrant, vigilante organization. Even if you do not share this view of the group, her elevation to a position of authority hardly sends the message of inclusiveness that the party needs to project if it ever hopes to win a state-wide or national election again.
Andrew Gasser, the newly elected vice chair, is equally enmeshed with tea party organizations whose influence will only continue to drive the GOP further into the wilderness.
Steve Reick, the Republican candidate for state representative, is another radical example of the GOP’s orientation, as he believes in lowering the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour.
Unless they radically change tact, the election of Evertsen and Gasser and the candidacy of Reick will have a devastating effect on the McHenry County GOP.