Illinois GOP Follies: Establishment vs Reform in Champagne County

Illinois is drowning in debt and corruption. The state ranks as the worst state in nearly every category vying only with California for the worst-of rankings. The biggest factor in its downfall is the corrupt Democrat Party. So one would think that the state GOP could make good headway against this corruption. Unfortunately, the establishment GOP is in utter disarray. Worse, the establishment GOP fights to deep six any candidate from its own ranks that might offer reform and we have yet another story illustrating this fact in the 52nd District State Senate race in Champaign County.

The primary race in the 52nd is between the early announced John Bambenek, a long-time reform advocate, and establishment GOP candidate Alan Nudo, both of Champaign.

Bambenek is a well-known reform advocate and even wrote a book titled, “Illinois Deserves Better.”

For his part, Mr. Nudo, a 63-year-old Champaign County Board member, has in the past supported local tax hikes. He also was keen on securing stimulus spending for big government-style construction projects in his district.

But that isn’t all. Mr. Nudo has also had a hand in donating the single largest non-PAC donation to the incumbent Democrat Senator in the 52nd District!

In 2007 Triple R Development — a real estate developing company managed by Nudo’s Robeson’s Inc — donated $5,000 to Democrat Mike Frerichs. (See screen shot of Sec. of States records HERE)

It must be noted that Frerichs only beat GOP challenger Judith Meyers by a handful of votes in 2008, so if reputed Republican Nudo had donated that $5,000 to the Republican instead of to the Democrat, perhaps we’d already have a GOP incumbent in the 52nd District.

So, what is the deal here? Why is the establishment GOP putting up a tax-hiking, Democrat-supporting, big government-seeking moderate against a well-known reformer in a political climate where reform is exactly what voters want and the state needs?

Unfortunately, that is the state GOP in a nutshell.

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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