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State Rep. David McSweeney, anti-tax and frequent GOP critic, won't run for re-election, eyes statewide offices

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Friday, September 6, 2019  |  Article  |  By Cole Lauterbach | The Center Square

Candidates--Statewide (12) Durkin, Jim--State House, 82 , McSweeney, David--State House, 52
State Rep. David McSweeney, a suburban Chicago state lawmaker who has carved out a name for himself as boldly anti-tax, has announced he will not run for re-election in 2020 in what would be his fifth term, rather hinting about a future run for statewide office in 2022.

McSweeney said Thursday that he would serve out the rest of his term, which ends in January 2021 and “very likely run for [a] statewide office in 2022 – Senate or [Secretary] of State.”

The Barrington Hills Republican went against the grain of the statewide GOP as recently as this summer when he spoke out against his party’s support for a $45 billion infrastructure plan that doubled the state’s gas tax to 39 cents per gallon and raised a variety of other fees, including vehicle registration fees.

McSweeney has said that he has yet to vote “yes” on any measure he deemed to increase taxes, even if the matter was popular.

He’s become a thorn in the side of his party leader, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin. In recent years, McSweeney has criticized Durkin for blindly following the lead of former Gov. Bruce Rauner and more recently not resisting the Legislative Ethics Commission decision not to release a founded report from former Legislative Inspector General Julie Porter that involved a state lawmaker

Durkin's spokesperson said "we wish him well" in response to Thursday's announcement.