Morrison re-elected as Cook County GOP Chairman

Morrison re-elected as Cook County GOP Chairman

Morrison re-elected as Cook County GOP Chairman

Pro-taxpayer champion and 17th District Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison re-elected as leader of the Cook County Republican Organization. Morrison led the drive to block the oppressive soda and sweetened drink tax imposed by former Chicago Machine alderman and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Sean Morrison, the Cook County Commissioner from the 17th District and Republican Committeeman of Palos Township was re-elected by members of the Cook County Republican organization as chairman of the Cook County Republican Central Committee for another term.

The election was held on Wednesday, April 19, 2018. The Cook County Republican Central Committee met to hold its County Convention, voting unanimously to re-elect Morrison as Chairman.

After the vote was taken, Chairman Morrison thanked his colleagues for their unanimous support and stressed the importance of ending one party rule and fighting for fiscal reform.

County Commissioner Sean Morrison pictured as board votes to repeal Toni Preckwinkle's soda tax Oct. 10, 2017

County Commissioner Sean Morrison pictured as board votes to repeal Toni Preckwinkle’s soda tax Oct. 10, 2017

“I want to thank all of my colleagues for their support tonight. I am pleased to serve a second term as Chairman of the Cook County Republican Party, and I pledge to use this term to help end one party rule and fight for fiscal reform throughout Cook County and Illinois,” Morrison said after the vote.

Morrison is a champion of taxpayer rights, continuing the tradition set in the suburban Cook County 17th District by his predecessor Elizabeth “Liz” Doody-Gorman. Morrison was instrumental in revoking the one center per ounce sales tax on sweetened drinks and soda pop sponsored by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the former Chicago Machine alderman.

Despite attacks from Preckwinkle, Morrison received unanimous praise and also is expected to easily win re-election as County Commissioner in November.

“The choice of Sean Morrison to represent Cook County’s Republican party demonstrates how much respect he continues to have not just in the local GOP among party leaders and constituents, but also respect for his work in standing up to unfair taxing policies,” one political activists remarked.

“Right now, he is one of the only remaining roadblocks to tax-and-spend officials in Chicago who milk suburban taxpayers to underwrite failing systems in Chicago like the CTA, the public school system, and in fighting crime. Too often Chicago squeezes the suburbs for money to pay for their failures. Morrison has been a commonsense voice against that unfair practice.”

Two other Cook County Commissioners who stood up to Preckwinkle joining the fight against the oppressive Preckwinkle soda tax, John Fritchey and Richard Boykin, lost their re-election bids in part because of Preckwinkle’s opposition critics decried as often being “vicious and personal.”

Fritchey was the only elected official in the country who is of Moroccan Arab American heritage. Preckwinkle’s assault against Fritchey was a devastating blow to Arab American empowerment in Cook County and the country.

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