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  Lake sheriff switches parties; GOP slams Dems
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Last EditedRBH  Dec 26, 2008 11:53am
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News DateMonday, December 15, 2008 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
Description Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran's announcement that he is switching from the Democratic to the Republican Party also served as a convenient stage today for prominent Republicans to criticize beleaguered Gov. Rod Blagojevich and other Democrats.

Among those taking a swipe was former Illinois Atty. Gen. Jim Ryan, who lost to Blagojevich in 2002. But Ryan had plenty of company, including a congressman.

The head of the Illinois Republican Party even tossed in a critical statement read by a surrogate.
"We need leaders who are authentic, not counterfeit leaders like this governor," Ryan said.
Ryan, who is no relation to former Gov. George Ryan, a Republican serving time on corruption charges, was quick to add that political labels don't amount to much in Illinois when it comes to wrongdoing.

"Sleaze, in this state unfortunately, has been bipartisan," he said.

In a statement read at Curran's news conference Monday, state Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna said the GOP welcomed all Democrats who believe too much power in the hands of one political party breeds corruption.

"The state is in crisis, caused by the Democratic Party, which controls every aspect of state government," McKenna said in the statement, which also highlighted support for GOP calls to hold a special election for the vacant U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President-elect Barack Obama.
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