The Cook County Republican Party released the following italicized information Wednesday evening.
Earlier this year, the party did not support Mulligan's bid , she said. While she was reeling from the death of a close friend, she relied on the Illinois GOP to circulate and finalize her candidate petitions, and they intentionally did not do so adequately, she charged, because of political differences.
Wednesday's statement from the Cook County Republican Party reads:
Today Cook County Republican Party Chairman Aaron Del Mar called on Rosemary Mulligan to resign as Maine Township Republican Committeeman in light of her public support for Democrat Marty Moylan in the seat she previously held before losing in the primary.
Mulligan sent a letter this week to voters in the 55th House District supporting Democrat Marty Moylan over Republican Susan Sweeney, an action Chairman Del Mar and the Cook County Republican Party consider to be entirely inappropriate. This is on the heels of a letter Mulligan sent to voters in the 52nd District several weeks ago supporting “Independent” Dee Beaubien over Republican David McSweeney.
“I cannot condemn Mulligan for supporting the candidate of her choice, though I strongly believe she’s backed the wrong candidate as Susan Sweeney will make an excellent State Representative and will fight to bring fiscal sanity back to our great state,” explained Chairman Del Mar. “However, if you are elected as Republican Committeeman you have a duty to coordinate the efforts of the Republican Party in your Township, regardless of your personal feelings. Committeeman Mulligan’s action not only stands as gross dereliction of duty, but it calls into question her party allegiance. If she will not perform the duties her office requires and support the candidates the Republican voters in her township have chosen, then she owes it to the voters in her township to step down so that she can be replaced with someone who will work to get Republican candidates elected.”