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*** UPDATED x1 - Another one *** Unclear on the “our party” concept

Thursday, Mar 21, 2019

* Bernie

AARON MERREIGHN of Riverton, who ran for lieutenant governor last year under the Conservative Party banner, says he’ll run as a Republican next year for state representative in the 87th House District, now represented by Rep. TIM BUTLER, R-Springfield.

“Our Republican Party’s still falling apart,” said Merreighn, 36, who works in human resources for the Illinois Department of Revenue. […]

Butler said Merreighn “needs to make up his mind on which party he wants to be in.”

Merreighn said he “left the Republican Party last year” when he became running mate to then-state Sen. SAM McCANN. Their ticket got 4.2 percent of the statewide vote in November.

Merreighn ran as a Democrat for precinct committeeman in 2014 and was listed on a Libertarian Party of Illinois news release when he ran for Riverton village trustee in 2015. He was not elected in either race.

If he loses maybe he’ll run on the Green Party’s ticket.

*** UPDATE *** Democrat, Libertarian, Conservative, Republican and… the Veterans Party? Yep…

And, yes, it’s a thing.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

18 Comments
  1. - Honeybear - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 3:13 pm:

    Cut him some slack. He’s tryin every way he knows how.


  2. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 3:15 pm:

    If he even gets on the ballot, Butler will destroy him. Tim works his district very hard and is an experienced campaigner.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 3:17 pm:

    He seems like the life of any party he joins…


  4. - Cubs in '16 - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 3:20 pm:

    ‘Merreighn, party of one’


  5. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 3:24 pm:

    What’s next? Is he going to ruin someone’s Black Panther Party?


  6. - thoughts matter - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 3:38 pm:

    The party switching concerns me. On the other hand- I’m in this district and I’ve never met Mr. Butler. He’s never responded to any concerns I’ve sent to him. I’m pretty sure he could care less about those concerns since I’m a state employee. So I’ll at least check this guy out. I think every race should be contested in order to elect the best person possible.


  7. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 3:58 pm:

    If he keeps it up, he might accidently run against himself.


  8. - Demoralized - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 4:00 pm:

    He could simply create his own party and call it the Sybil Party. It suits him.


  9. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 4:16 pm:

    ===If he keeps it up, he might accidently run against himself.===

    Thumbs up on this comment!


  10. - wordslinger - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 4:26 pm:

    Crash the party crasher.

    He’s running out of political parties. Crash will be crashing quinceaneras and bar mitzvahs pretty soon.


  11. - Reserved - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 4:33 pm:

    ==What’s next? Is he going to ruin someone’s Black Panther Party?==

    This has to be in the running for best comment of the year.


  12. - RNUG - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 4:58 pm:

    I can’t get upset on his bailing on the IL GOP last year; it was actually the Raunerite party. If he were to not stay around now and help rebuild the IL GOP … then I could get upset.


  13. - Flowing Comb Over - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 5:01 pm:

    In a world without Rauner, will Butler get a run for his money (Doesn’t have much) since the cash is gonna dry up?


  14. - FormerParatrooper - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 5:02 pm:

    Never heard of the Veterans Party. He is all over the political map, pick a party already.


  15. - Mr. Chairman - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 5:29 pm:

    He’ll be the best fundraiser Tim Butler can find.


  16. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 6:34 pm:

    ==I can’t get upset on his bailing on the IL GOP last year==

    You can’t bail on something you never boarded


  17. - lakeside - Thursday, Mar 21, 19 @ 10:18 pm:

    He’ll have the last laugh when he gets that full set of steak knives.


  18. - NorthsideNoMore - Friday, Mar 22, 19 @ 12:21 pm:

    The guy has an identity issue. Please figure out who you are before you say what you’ll do. jeez


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