City's inspector general quits to run for U.S. senate seat as a Democrat

Now we're talking. Chicago's Inspector General David Hoffman, who has been a giant pain in Mayor Daley's ass, has
resigned to enter the Democratic primary.


Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman

Fran Spielman, the Chicago Sun-Times superb Silly Hall reporter and columnist suggest that this could be a plus for Daley, by getting Hoffman, who has done a good job focusing on city graft, out of his hair. Perhaps. Depends on who replaces Hoffman, which should become a big, big issue, if anyone still cares about the city's foul stench of corruption.

It will be a good test of whether Democrats are among those who care.


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  • I'm curious to see who might steup "up." Daley has no doubt learned his lesson by appointing someone who is willing to go after him. I can see him dancing on his desk.

  • Interesting points, Dennis. Enjoyed your commentary as always. Compiled some tweets on this over at Breaking Tweets Chicago:

  • Hoffman is going to get a reality check when he has to gather 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot (actually 20-25,000 to account for the challenges to his signers) AND raise $5-$8million dollars for a primary AND general election WITHOUT foot soldiers that he fought so hard to put in jail while inspector general.
    He was a media hore who did nothing his first 3 years on the job and then all of a sudden gets real busy in his last year because he knew he wanted to run for office.

    However since Madigan stayed as Attorney General, he was too chicken to take her on.

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