Running for: IL State Representative – 19th District
Political party affiliation: Republican
Political/civic background: Member of Northwest Side GOP Club – first time political candidate
Occupation: Chicago Police Detective
Education: Bachelors Degree in Finance from the University of Illinois (2000)
Campaign website: NWSGOP.com
The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board sent nominees for the Illinois House of Representatives a list of questions to find out their views on a range of important issues facing the state of Illinois and their districts. Jeff Muehlfelder submitted the following responses:
The COVID-19 pandemic has hammered the finances of Illinois. The state is staring at a $6.2 billion budget shortfall in this fiscal year. What should be done? Please be specific.
First of all, let’s not pretend that the state’s finances would be fine if not for COVID-19. It would be dishonest to blame years of financial mismanagement on a pandemic that’s only been affecting revenues for 4 months. The only way to permanently solve the budget shortfall is to reduce discretionary spending of taxpayers’ money wherever possible while enacting policies that grow the tax base instead of driving it out of the state.
What grade — “A” to “F” — would you give Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic? Please explain. What, if anything, should he have done differently?
F – His overbearing unconstitutional emergency orders have not made Illinoisans any safer. They have ruined more financial lives than the pandemic alone would have while at the same time violating the constitutional rights of individuals. His top medical official Dr. Ngozi Ezike has explained that anyone who has tested positive for COVID at the time of death or who is suspected to be positive for COVID at the time of death is counted in the official COVID death statistics, regardless of whether or not COVID was the actual cause of death. If a non-symptomatic carrier of COVID dies in a car accident, they are counted as a COVID death. The COVID death statistics are intentionally artificially inflated in this manner to scare citizens into giving up their freedoms and to agreeing to expand voting by mail in a state already notorious for voter fraud – while the disease itself has proven to be less deadly than the flu for those who are young and healthy . When first amendment protected activities such as worshiping in church are classified “non-essential” and shut down while liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries are classified as “essential” and allowed to remain open, when law abiding citizens are unconstitutionally required to wear masks to transact businesses and criminals are released from prison because masks won’t protect them, when law abiding citizens are not allowed to walk a lakefront but violent rioters are encouraged to “protest” in downtown streets a short distance away, when mom and pop businesses are closed down while large corporate chains are allowed to remain open – it is not that difficult to see that despicable leftist politics