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Press Release- Response to Threats From Opponent

Press Release

Friends of Mike Shorten

455 Mira St

Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Contact: Mike Shorten


For Immediate Release

Crystal Lake, IL- June 22, 2022- Republican Candidate Mike Shorten has issued a statement regarding recent online threats from one of his opponents in the McHenry County Board District 4 Republican Primary.

“One of my opponents, Paul Barthel, on a local blog and social media posts, has accused me of lying, committing libel, slander and defamation, and is threatening to sue me. It’s shocking that a candidate in a Republican Primary would threaten to use the courts to try and silence a political opponent in such a way.”

On Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 Shorten’s campaign issued a press release which revealed that Paul Barthel and Suzanne Delaney have never voted in a Republican Primary in McHenry County.

“Mr. Barthel seems to be upset that I suggested he was a transplant from Cook County. Mr. Barthel’s author profile on Amazon indeed does list him as a Chicago native and his Facebook profile lists his home as Chicago,” Shorten said. “If he has indeed never lived in Chicago or Cook County then I will retract my statement, but as of yet he’s failed to state that as a fact.”

“It should be noted, that I also am a Cook County transplant; I left when I was 23 when I married my wife Cheryl who also was from Cook County. My mother and mother-in-law live in Cook County as well… so I’m not quite sure why he is so bothered.”

Shorten emphasized that that he has a record of reducing spending and cutting taxes in McHenry County, and his 15 years of experience in McHenry County leading, working and supporting the Republican Party and Republican Candidates.

“Again, it should be noted, since moving to McHenry County, neither Paul Barthel or Susan Delaney have voted in a Republican Primary. Mr. Barthel cannot dispute that fact.”

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