Lake County Sheriff Wins Re-Election, Shares Tough Words About His Republican Party

Sheriff Curran said President Trump is 'horrible for our brand.'

Bernie Tafoya
November 07, 2018 - 11:11 am

WBBM Newsradio/Bernie Tafoya


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- In the northern suburbs, one of the lone major Republicans left standing the day after Election Day had some tough words for the head of his party and those who follow him. 

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran won re-election by about 750 votes while the Republican County Clerk and Treasurer lost their bids for re-election. 

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Curran said he was very nervous Tuesday about how his contest would turn out. He said he did worse than he even feared he'd do.

"I was nervous, more nervous than I’ve ever been. Going to train stations, hearing people say, ‘I’m not voting for anyone in the Party of Trump,'” Curran said.

Curran said he normally has had big support from the Latino community, but he said he does not think Latinos voted for him Tuesday because of President Trump. 

"They’re so upset about referring to people in terms that are, as though they’re less than human beings," he said.

The sheriff said of immigrants, "these are human beings, created in the likeness and image of God."

Sheriff Curran does not like what he sees for 2020 and he does not believe President Trump would repeat his victories in places like Michigan and Wisconsin. Curran would like to see the President replaced at the top of the ticket in two years. 

'We, as Republicans should probably look to take him out in some way, shape, or form because ultimately, he’s horrible for our brand," he said.

"There’s no light. There’s no illumination that’s coming from the president that’s going to draw others into him, certainly not as our nation becomes browner. So, if he’s the future of our party, put a fork in it," Curran said.

Sheriff Curran said Republicans who disparage immigrants, but also call themselves “pro-life” should talk to their pastors about whether immigration is a pro-life issue.

"As Christians or Jews or Muslims that believe we’re to live in this world together, the way [President Trump> speaks of other people, specifically immigrants, but beyond immigrants, is very bad for our brand," the sheriff said.

Mark Curran is the longest serving sheriff in Lake County history. He first won as a Democrat in 2006, but switched parties two years later. After this term, he will have been in office 16 years. He said he's not sure, given the stress of the job, whether he'd run for re-election in four years.