New Committeeman to Exercise Influence on Butler's Successor
Thompson, Don, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Don Thompson Daily Herald State Government Writer
As predicted from the day state Sen. Marty Butler died, William Darr was named Friday to succeed him as Maine Township committeeman and to help pick his Senate successor.
It was a natural succession, said Cook County Republican Chairman Manny Hoffman, but not because it was engineered by Gov.-elect George Ryan and Senate President James "Pate" Philip of Wood Dale.
Rather, Hoffman contended Darr, 49, of Park Ridge, was the logical choice because he was president of the Maine Township GOP organization.
Nor does fellow Ryan employee David Sullivan, 33, of Park Ridge, have a lock on Butler's Senate seat, said Darr. Darr is Ryan's director of senior and community services and a former campaign aide; Sullivan was a Ryan political director and special assistant for intergovernmental affairs.
"You've got to remember, Darr was the president of the organization," said Hoffman. "It probably would have been a slap in the face if he was the president and we would have picked somebody else."
The swiftness and sureness of Darr's selection within hours of Butler's Dec. 1 death, and his ratification Friday, left some Republican officials in the district upset.
But Hoffman and Darr said they went out of their way to poll more than 160 Maine Township precinct captains on their choice for committeeman. …