While I was out last week, apparently the torch was passed from the current Democratic party leadership in the county to a new slate of candidates, led by the inimitable Jim Birch Society president himself.
The torch is, indeed, passed, as there were no objections presented and no other candidates nominated for the party offices.
This is quite interesting on a number of fronts, as Birch was quoted after forming his own party organization two years ago, that it would be less formal than the county's central committee. My understanding of party structure is that every countywide party organization is chartered under the state party org, which requires "formalities" such as the use of Robert's Rules of Order, which stipulates adherance to such "formalities" as having a quorum, recognizing voices from the floor, etc.
Another silly formality is the process of assuring the survival of the organization, itself.
Now that Birch effectively controls both party organizations in the nation's third fastest growing county, it remains to be seen what approach either organization will take.
Consider this, however: The entire party will now be controlled by one person. Not good. Interesting that that was the complaint the Birchers had the past few years about the Flowers organization, which is closely tied to the Illinois House Speaker.
And consider this: The Birchers have no such support from any party official outside of Kendall county. What a quaint little island the county will make.
Over the past few months, since the January petition challenges, I have learned that a number of the Birchers (some now nominees to head the local party) have only provided lip service to the Blagojevich campaign. In fact, more than one of the slated Kendall county party nominees have openly criticized Gov. Blagojevich, saying they hope Topinka runs him out of office in November because she'll be easier to work with.
Fact: This is the political equivalent of the sin of blasphemy.
Also consider that a number of the Kendall County Progressives actively supported Republican States Attorney candidate Eric Weis, and engineered the crossover vote to prevent another Ingemunson from gaining elected office. By anyone's estimation, that was a terrible move that will cost Kendall Dems dearly. Daddy Ingemunson won't let that one slide.
Whatever you think of Dallas Ingemunson, know one thing: a man who raises nearly a quarter of a million dollars for his son's election to a local office doesn't like losing. Not with the deals that no doubt were made when the money changed hands.
The local Dem support of Weis was the political equivalent of a murder-suicide. But of course, the suicide victims are not bright enough to realize they've swallowed the poison they themselves mixed into everyone's kool-aid.
Will the Jim Birch Society slate candidates on the countywide ballot? Will they fill the remaining precinct committeeman posts, and tie up their stranglehold on the local party? Will they slate a candidate against Eric Weis in November? Ever?
It's enough to make a girl wonder if the neighboring countywide Dem organizations are even aware of the alliances that have been put in play along the way.
Hello out there? Kane, DuPage, DeKalb, Will and Grundy Democratic party heads? Are you ready to watch the Democratic party in the fastest growing county in the midwest slip down the drain for good?