New bone of contention between McCoy and Gabor
When Scott McCoy and Brian Gabor, two of the Republican candidates for the state representative seat in the new 106th District race, squared off on Tuesday business experience became a point of contention.
The political dust-up resulted from the Watseka/Iroquois County Tea Party throwing their support behind Gabor, an attorney.
“I’m dumbfounded,” McCoy said in his Jan. 23 press release.
“Mr. Gabor has never participated in the free market by starting a business or creating jobs. Additionally, his record doesn’t come close to showing he is for limited government or fiscal responsibility.”
McCoy has made his business experience a pillar of his campaign. He is owner of One Online Community, a computer network that creates websites for communities, including Germantown Hills.
“One of the biggest problems with Illinois is how we treat businesses,” McCoy wrote on his campaign website.
“I’ve been a small business owner for nearly two decades now. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. I’ve created new products and services, created dozens of jobs, and pumped a lot of tax revenue into the local and state economy. And for that, I would be lucky to have earned $2 per hour I put into my business over the years.”
McCoy said running a business is a lot harder than politics.
“I know, because I’ve done both. And in my opinion, most politicians would never make it as a business owner,” McCoy wrote. “When your government looks at your business as something they want to control and bleed for revenue, you take it very personally ... The problem is government has no clue when it comes to business. Illinois’ government is one of the worst, too. Illinois taxes us to death, fights us on employment processes, and regulates us to the point of passing out.”
Gabor dismissed McCoy’s assertion, stating as a partner in a law firm that he is a small businessman.
“Mr. McCoy has been attempting for some time to sully my record as a small businessman,” Gabor said in an exclusive interview with the Woodford Times.
Gabor is a partner in the Pontiac law firm Satter, Beyer Bertram and Gabor, where he specializes in family, insurance and creditor’s rights issues.
“I have been a partner in a law firm for 10 years. I am a small businessman. To claim I am not a small businessman is insulting,” Gabor said. “I could say some things about Mr. McCoy’s background, but I won’t.”
Later on Jan. 24, Gabor issued a press release.
“I do not normally like to engage in tit for tat press releases, but Scott McCoy has made allegations against me that I feel must be responded to, and the public deserves to know the truth ... Mr. McCoy claims that I have not participated in the free market by starting a business or creating jobs,” Gabor wrote.
“I have engaged in the free market every day for the last 10 years as a partner in my law firm, Satter, Beyer, Bertram & Gabor. If I don’t pay attention to the marketplace, my clients would leave and I would not have a business to run. We have hired people and we have fired people in that 10 years, but we are still in business providing people with a vital service.”
He continued, “If Mr. McCoy wishes to engage in an open, honest debate about our respective business records, I would welcome that, as I think my record would stand up well against his.”