Lake County Democrats released the following statement regarding Lake County Clerk Robin O’Connor Switching Political Party:
Lake County Democrats will continue to fight for good government, fair elections, and voter protections, and we believe the county would be best served by a County Clerk who prioritizes these values.
Lake County Clerk Robin O’Connor made it clear this week that she does not believe in these values when she announced that she is switching parties to run for re-election as a Republican. Nationally and locally, Republicans have demonstrated that they will not protect our fundamental right to vote. The Party that called the January 6th insurrection “legitimate political discourse” now wants to control the mechanisms of voting in Lake County. Clerk O’Connor’s tenure has been marked by poor performance and wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars, including a half-million dollar ($500,000!!!) payout of taxpayer money to settle a lawsuit against her regarding her wrongful termination of two whistleblower employees.
Democrats made clear that they would not support her re-election as a Democrat, so, in desperation, she switched her allegiance to the party of Trump. O’Connor’s “party shopping” is just one more way that she has betrayed the voters who elected her. We look forward to nominating a strong Democratic candidate this summer and electing a County Clerk we can be proud of in November.