The head of the McLean County Republican Party is under pressure to resign a statewide post. John Parrot has been Treasurer of the Illinois Republican County Chairmen's Association since 2006. Sources tell GLT, the Association decided to do a routine audit last May, but it took Parrott eight months to produce records. Funds in question are largely used for get out the vote efforts. At this point there is no implication of misuse or missing funds, though alleged sloppy record keeping is forcing amendment of some State Elections Board filings dating back years.
"We are in the process of getting that all that done. We are getting everything re-filed with the State Board of Elections."
Parrott says he does not believe the issue is his performance.
"I don't look at this as being significant at all."
Parrott says it took him a long time to produce the records because he thought it was a lower priority than the 13th district Congressional nomination, the state convention, a new business he was starting, and the fall election.
"It was a very busy year and it was at such a time that I already had more than I could possibly do, and it was just one of those things that I was overwhelmed at the time."
Parrott says he thinks the request to resign likely has more to do with divisions within the party and his outspoken social conservatism.
"I did take a strong stand concerning Pat Brady when Pat Brady decided to leave the Republican platform on the gay marriage issue."
Parrott says he also backed Erika Harold for the 13th district Congressional nomination over Rodney Davis, a more moderate candidate who was eventually elected. Several sources for this story are from the centrist wing of the party, which focuses on business and taxation issues. DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan has been asked to review the accounts. Grogan has not returned a call. County Chairmenís Association President Randy Pollard of Vandalia issued a formal no comment on the matter. The next meeting of the Chairmenís Association is April 27th at which matters could come to a head. Parrott has declined to comment on what he will do regarding pressure to resign.
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