Stoller campaign says Throneburg violates own standards, Throneburg responds

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The Win Stoller campaign called out Independent challenger Marcus Throneburg Wednesday saying he was “violating his own principles,” but Throneburg responded to address the concerns.

In a press release, the Stoller campaign said Throneburg sent out a fundraising appeal with a list of his ethical standards as a candidate, which include “admitting mistakes; direct with hard truths; communicate authentically, and invite accountability.” The Stoller campaign accused Throneburg of violating these standards by voting in the Democratic Primary on March 17.

“Marcus Throneburg just sent voters a list of his principles and in the same week violated those same principles the first time he faced heat in this election,” said Stoller campaign manager Karen Disharoon. “Marcus Throneburg did not admit his mistake, was not direct with hard truths, did not communicate authentically, and is ducking accountability for his failure to determine basic rules to get on the ballot.”

On Sunday, Throneburg canceled a scheduled Facebook Live session saying, “I am spending several days focused on family time, as well as reading and reflection, so I will not be doing a Facebook Live video this evening.”

The Stoller campaign said Throneburg failed to level with voters and neglected to remove fundraising pleas from his website.

The press release reads:

The campaign for Republican candidate for State Senate to succeed Senator Chuck Weaver, Win Stoller, called out Independent challenger Marcus Throneburg for violating his own principles that he just sent to voters.

This past week Throneburg’s campaign sent out a fundraising appeal with a list of his ethical standards as a candidate. Among them are: “admitting mistakes; direct with hard truths; communicates authentically; and invites accountability.”

But Throneburg’s candidacy as an Independent was compromised by his voting in the Democratic Primary Election on March 17. Based on Illinois election law, the Illinois State Board of Elections has a long history of disqualifying Independent candidates who just voted in the Democrat or Republican primaries in the same election. State law maintains that Independent candidates must truly be independent. If that precedent is upheld in this case then Marcus Throneburg will be removed from the ballot for a fundamental blunder.

“Marcus Throneburg just sent voters a list of his principles and in the same week violated those same principles the first time he faced heat in this election,” said Stoller campaign manager Karen Disharoon. “Marcus Throneburg did not admit his mistake, was not direct with hard truths, did not communicate authentically and is ducking accountability for his failure to determine basic rules to get on the ballot.”

On Sunday, Throneburg abruptly cancelled a scheduled Facebook Live session saying, “I am spending several days focused on family time, as well as reading and reflection, so I will not be doing a Facebook Live video this evening.” The Stoller campaign faults Throneburg for not leveling with voters and neglecting to remove fundraising pleas from his website, though his campaign will likely soon be over.

The complaint against Throneburg’s petitions filed July 20 also maintains Throneburg did not secure enough valid signatures of registered voters in the district despite a court ruling allowing Independent candidates to collect only about half the signatures that Democrats and Republicans had to gather last fall to get on the ballot, and that court decision allowed Independent candidates to more easily gather signatures online instead of in person.

Throneburg first flirted with running as a third­party Alliance Party candidate but then decided to run as an Independent. He publicly announced his Independent candidacy early last winter. Yet he committed a disqualifying act by voting in the March 17 Democrat Primary even though he was running as Independent candidate in the same election.

Win Stoller Campaign

In a statement Wednesday, Throneburg responded to the criticisms of his opponent’s campaign, saying his tax dollars fund the primary election in Illinois, and as an independent voter, he was simply exercising his right to vote and determining who he wanted to see on the general election ballot.

Throneburg said the reason he canceled the Facebook Live session was because he scheduled the outing with his family over a year ago and did not want to break that obligation.

“The press release from the Stoller campaign attempts to portray me as dishonest,” Throneburg said. “I am an imperfect person, but I am not dishonest. I have spent my life in the 37th District and there are thousands of people here who could have told them that.”

The full response reads:

My tax dollars help fund the primary election in Illinois, so as an independent voter I have always pulled a ballot to have a say in which candidates I would like to see on a general election ballot. In 2016 I pulled a Republican ballot. This year it was a Democratic ballot. That information was fully available when Judge Pallmeyer conveyed her order, giving me the opportunity to seek to serve the people of the 37th District as an Independent.

As to other items included in the press release; My wife, three boys, and I, are currently out of town spending time with my wife’s family; something that was scheduled over a year ago. I canceled a Facebook Live session so I could focus my attention on family. I appreciate the Stoller campaign keeping an eye on my Facebook page and invite them to watch this coming Sunday at 8 p.m.

The press release from the Stoller campaign attempts to portray me as dishonest. I am an imperfect person, but I am not dishonest. I have spent my life in the 37th District and there are thousands of people here who could have told them that. I have always spoken honorably of Mr. Stoller as a person throughout this campaign, based on the words of mutual acquaintances. That will continue. Politics does not have to be this way.

Marcus Throneburg

Both candidates are competing for Illinois State Senator representing the 37th district.

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