Criminal Complaint Filed Against Mark Curran
Illinois, November 4, 2019 - A criminal complaint for battery has been filed against former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, now a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. The complaint was filed by Curran's U.S. Senate opponent, Republican William J. Kelly.
The incident took place at the Lake County Republican office in Grayslake and was captured on video. In the video, Curran calls Kelly a "liar" and Kelly responds by asking him, "Oh really, how am I a liar? Did you support driver's licenses for illegal aliens? Yes or no?" An agitated Curran then grabs Kelly roughly by both shoulders and shoves him across the room to the door. "Let's go," Curran said. "Is that what you want to do? Do you want to go right now? Yeah, you're a Democrat," Kelly said. Curran switched to the Republican Party in 2008.
Curran and Kelly were both invited to speak before the Lake County Republican Central Committee (LCRC), which had its endorsement session on Saturday, November 2nd. The LCRC was informed about the battery and the filing of the criminal complaint against Curran but endorsed him in Saturday's session anyway.
"This why the Illinois Republican Party continues to lose," Kelly said. "How can we be a party of principle, a party that values the rule of law, a party that puts our citizens first, when GOP leaders prop up 'former Democrats' like Mark Curran in GOP primaries," Kelly said. "If the GOP wants to survive, it needs to endorse and elect candidates that support the GOP party platform."
Kelly and Curran have long been at-odds over Curran's support for illegal immigration based on a heated debate in Lake County in 2013. Curran, who ran for Lake County Sheriff as a Democrat in 2006-2008, has been an outspoken supporter of and testified in favor of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants in Illinois. He also opposes ICE's Secure Communities program, a deportation program that relies on the partnership among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
Curran also backed SB 31, "The Trust Act," which was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner in 2017. The bill, which was supported by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights - a pro-amnesty group, made Illinois a sanctuary state. Curran says he supports President Trump but blamed Trump for his re-election loss in an interview with WBBM Radio in 2018.