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Romney's VP pick lauded at Lauzen's Porky Picnic

AURORA – Republicans lauded presidential candidate Mitt Romney's pick for vice president Saturday during state Sen. Chris Lauzen's annual Porky Picnic at the Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora.

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, described Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, as a "great pick" and called the pair "a very strong ticket."

"Let's work like we've never worked before … and let's win back the White House," Hultgren said of the local and national elections.

Lauzen, the Republican nominee to replace Karen McConnaughay as Kane County Board chairman, addressed his supporters with his wife, Sarah, and two of his four sons, Elliot and Robbie, by his side.

"Like Paul Ryan said this morning, it is our duty to save America's future," Lauzen said. "We are here today … to reassert our country's basic principles."

Lauzen is running against Democrat Sue Klinkhamer of St. Charles in the Nov. 6 general election.

Reached by phone Saturday, Klinkhamer said she knows Lauzen holds the Porky Picnic fundraiser every year.

"We all have our work cut out for us," she said. "I'm sure it will be an interesting election."

About 600 to 700 people attended the Porky Picnic, an event where Lauzen said everybody can come together and meet others who share their values.

Several Republican nominees and elected officials attended the picnic, including Kane County board members, state Sen. Dave Syverson, state Rep. Mike Fortner, Kane County auditor candidate Terry Hunt, Kane County circuit clerk candidate Tom Hartwell and Kane County coroner candidate Rob Russell.

Lauzen made no secret the 18th annual event was a fundraiser. By raising money from a broad base of people with individual contributions limited to $500, he said, he hopes to restore voters' confidence and end the perception of pay-to-play cronyism.

Lauzen has accused McConnaughay of running a pay-to-play county.

McConnaughay is not seeking re-election. She is the Republican nomination for the 33rd State Senate seat.

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