Bernard Schoenburg Political Writer @bschoenburg
State Sen. Sam McCann on Tuesday said he’s endorsing challenger Jonas Petty of Pittsfield over incumbent Rep. C.D. David Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville, in the Republican primary in the 100th House District.
McCann had said would be making a “very important announcement regarding the upcoming election” at the American Legion in Pittsfield, and it turned out to be about Petty.
“I have nothing personally against Representative Davidsmeyer,” McCann said. “I think he’s a good man. I think Mr. Petty’s a good man.”
“What I have a problem with is, ever since Governor Rauner came to power, Representative Davidsmeyer is one of those people who just totally went along with him,” McCann said. “I’m trying to figure out why the people of the 100th District should send C.D. Davidsmeyer back here just to be a rubber stamp for the Rauner administration.”
Davidsmeyer did vote with Democrats to pass a budget including a tax increase last summer, but then said talks with constituents convinced him that was the wrong vote, and he backed Rauner in opposing an override. Enough Republicans stayed with Democrats to enact that budget over the governor’s objection.
“I think that underscores the fact that once he did finally stand up to the governor, he eventually backed down,” McCann said of Davidsmeyer’s change of heart.
As for Petty, McCann said, “He has impressed upon me that he is the kind of man who will be resolute in carrying the message of the people to Springfield.”
McCann, who defeated a Rauner-backed challenger in the 2016 primary, did not file to run for re-election as a Republican this year. He said he will reveal his own political plans no later than mid-April.
Davidsmeyer and Petty could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday evening.