Reading the opinion page editorial March 22, “To succeed, always act in public’s interest,” I think there are a lot bigger fish the paper could have skewered rather than pick on a couple of local sheriffs.
Being a resident of Ogle County, I can’t speak to the reason of discontent residents of Lee County may have had with Sheriff Varga. I can comment on a tea party forum Sheriff Varga and challenger Simonton spoke at where I attended.
A question, presented to both participants, was a reference to the Constitution and how each would handle a law in direct violation to the Constitution. Sheriff Varga, unequivocally, answered he wouldn’t violate the Constitution, where as Simonton waffled around and mumbled something about statute.
I remember a TV ad where Simonton is slinking around in full battle gear with his AR-15 pointed at some imaginary bad guy.
I thought when the people of Lee county see this clownish ad, coupled with his waffling on the Constitutional question, they’ll know who the best candidate for sheriff is. I was wrong.
Sheriff Varga appeared as one who’s more of the people than Simonton. Simonton appears to be more of what we already have too many of – smarmy politicians.
Regarding Sheriff Harn: if the paper is concluding Sheriff Harn was thrown out of office because he didn’t act in the public’s best interest, perhaps, due to the 36 percent to 35 percent margin of difference, the public thinks the newly-elected VanVickle is a mere one percent better.