The decision by Congressman Tim Johnson this week to not seek re-election is another example of how political insiders thwart the will of the voters. Instead of allowing an open primary allowing the voters to choose whom they want to replace Johnson, he ran again, withdrawing after the primary. This allows the political insiders to choose his replacement instead of the voters. In fact, Johnson himself has a preference in choosing his successor.
Johnson prefers Clarke to be his successor, according to a top Illinois Republican source. Clarke currently serves as freshman Rep. Randy Hultgren’s (R-Ill.) chief of staff, and the source said he was one of only a few people Johnson called about his decision before the news broke.
How long is it going to take before the political insiders, especially here in Illinois, that the people are tired of this type of insider politics; tired of the backroom deals; tired of the good ‘ol boys network? When will this end? Unfortunately, insider politics will not end until the people come out in the primaries and start voting all these insiders out of office over and over again until the get the message.
The voters need to stop being frustrated at the process and insider deals. They must get involved to at least learn who is the insiders choice so they can vote against them. Voters need to get informed and they need to vote, especially in the primaries.
On March 20th, less than 1 in 4 registered voters bothered to vote. If the other 75% of people came out and voted, the political insiders would have lost in a landslide. This is what we need. The apathy of the voters is doing nothing but perpetuating the power of the political insiders.
If you like the Illinois corruption, debt and insider politics, continue to stay home. If you want to fix Illinois, vote out the political insiders.