Sunday, October 4, 2009

Ant Simonian Bugs Out
of Republican Federation

There is no truth to the rumor that with the addition of an exterminator, Bob Dold, to the list of Republican candidates for the 10th Congressional District, Ant Simonian was compelled to resign from her Republican Federation post.

Antonietta "Ant" Simonian resigned this week from her post as Lake County Republican Federation Executive Director. The Republican Federation is the fundraising arm of the Lake County Republican Party. Simonian is known for booking South Carolina Governor Mark "don't cry for me Argentina" Sanford last April to keynote the Lake County Republican's annual fundraising dinner.

According to the Daily Herald, Simonian resigned to spend more time with her family. LakeCountyEye readers will know that when someone resigns for family reasons, they were either (1) thrown under the political bus or (2) they told someone to take this job and shove it. The abrupt and unexpected circumstances of Simonian's departure does nothing to quell these suspicions.

Simonian will be succeeded by Chelsey Stanley. Stanley is 23 and is from Kenosha.

If politics is show business, then fundraising is the job of standing behind the elephants with a broom. Given the undesirability of doing political fundraising, and given the fact that Simonian's replacement is an intern who lives in Wisconsin, your LakeCountyEye strongly suspects that (2) someone was instructed to take this job and shove it.

Your LakeCountyEye wishes Stanley the best in her new endeavor.


Bystander said...

So ... Republican fundraising in Lake County is so difficult that they couldn't find anyone in the county or even the state to do it? They're in more trouble than I thought! And I did hear a hint that Ant's departure might have been more influenced by reason number 1 than number 2, but who knows?

Barney Baxter said...

If the fundraiser's job is -- in so many words -- to stand behind the elephants with a broom, I don't suppose it matters all that much whether it is number one or number two?