The leader of Republicans in the state House isn’t happy with the tactics of primary challengers that targeted legislators who had voted for same-sex marriage. Of the three state representatives who voted in favor of that bill, two won the nomination for re-election to their seats-State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) and State Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein).
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Another, State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego), won the party’s nomination for state treasurer. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) says they survived despite attacks from well-funded political action committees.
“The money that was spent in at least two of our races is something we don’t even spend in the general election,” Durkin said. “I’m in the minority. Should we put some checks and balances in there? I’d love to see it. I think there needs to be more transparency from those groups—where they receive their money and actually who’s running them, as well.”
Durkin says even the close victories by those lawmakers show that the Republican Party is moving in the right direction by having more diversity when it comes to opinions on social issues.