Democrats vs. Crenshaw

Their efforts to  kick her off the ballot on a technicality risk angering more voters


Cedra Crenshaw and her family

This is about deaf people.

The deaf politicians and the rest of the political class, who, oblivious to the tumult growing around them, continue to do the same stupid things that got the public so riled in the first place.

An exhibit: Cedra Crenshaw, the Republican candidate for the state Senate seat from the 43rd District in Will County. The Democratic-controlled county election commission threw her off the November election ballot because the language in her nominating petition contained a minor mistake. She had more than enough signatures, but the error, while frivolous, gave her Democratic opponent, Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi and the Democratic machine, all they legally needed to get her tossed.

The law, with its niggling requirements, is designed to help incumbents -- of both parties -- fight off challenges by candidates like Crenshaw. The problem for the Democrats this time, however, is that the candidate they picked to knife represents a constituency that's growing precisely because it detests this kind of antics.

Crenshaw, 37, of Bolingbrook, is a stay-at-home mother of three children, an education reformer, professional accountant and a tea party activist. She's black and disagrees with the NAACP that the movement is infected with racists. The movement has nothing to do with race, she says. As her campaign Web site says, "Cedra is simply one mom who has had enough of the waste, corruption and mismanagement in Springfield. She is one mom versus the machine, a machine that has decimated Illinois with deficit spending, job killing taxes and fees, onerous regulations, and a culture of corruption that has made Illinois a national disgrace."

Throwing this candidate off the ballot is exactly the kind of stupid move that you'd expect from the hearing-impaired political class. I include in the class not just politicians, but also their advisers, bureaucrats, unions, lobbyists, media and the rest of their support network.

The political class of folks who hear not the voices of people sick of it all would include the striking construction workers who are demanding a 13.65 percent pay increase over three years. The unions are demanding the increase to cover increasing health care costs.


Here's a flash for the unions: It's a big recession. The rest of us are not being made whole because of increasing health care costs. Hardly anyone else is getting pay raises, for any reason. You're lucky to have jobs.

I count the strikers among the deaf political class because the government is where they go to get fed. Road-building and transit grants. Hundreds of billions in stimulus money. Let them strike, I say. We'll be better off with lumpy roads than constantly feeding their kitty.

Then there is the political class that believes it is doing us a favor by passing a 2,000-plus-page financial "reform bill" that contains, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 533 required regulatory rulemakings, 60 studies and 93 reports. Can you imagine how many petitioners will seek obscure regulations that favor their interests? Can you imagine how this will increase the reach of government? This is the same political class that continues to demand "campaign finance reform," yet at the same time creates ever more reasons for special interests to send in their political donations.

Poll after poll reveals the public's growing disgust with the political class -- the public employees who demand ever more benefits and absolute job security, while most Americans struggle through the recession and the new world that it has created. It's as if nothing has changed in the last few years to think about the need to change our ways of increased government spending, taxing and borrowing.

Whatever happens, the political class will stick to its well-rutted road. On Tuesday, a judge will consider whether to order Crenshaw back on the ballot. If the judge does, you can bet that the deaf political class will do one of two things: Use appeals to drag out the legal process to exhaust Crenshaw's patience and bankrupt her campaign, or launch a smear campaign, trying to scare voters with her "extreme" views.

And the legions disgusted with the political class will continue to grow.


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  • If members of the public weren't such stupid sheep, they would write in Mrs. Crenshaw's name on the ballots. Of course, this would never succeed in a state where too many morons either don't vote or just blindly vote for whichever name has a 'D' next to it.

  • when you look at the parties involved in this state you will not see a real difference.This has taken years to accomplish but it has. This woman is a danger to both parties.Being a tea party member that just makes it worse.The real tea party members know that this party crosses party lines.The growth of government and the unstopped spending is the bigest concern.What I see is true voter fraud if she is not allowed on the ballot.We as tea partyers will not forget about this injustice and will get even with the politicians when we vote.Mrs. Crenshaw deserves to be on this ballot and anything short ofthis will not be forgotten.We are coming for you hacks is springfield and washington. We will succeed with our ballots. Keep them shaking Mrs. Crenshaw ,we will support you.

  • So this is the new agenda? Whoops, I made a mistake, this is a repeat of the Obama stunt. Remember when he successfully brought in his Lawyers to magically make all of his opponents disappear?
    This was when he was running against(his mentor) Alice Palmer. However, no one has the string pullers that Barry has, so it may not work this time. Oh, I forgot to ask, what is the name of the Judge who will make the decision?

  • The story as reported apears to be about old-fashioned machine politics--i.e., protect the machine's candidate from competition. It may have had very little to do with pols worrying about the tea party. So far, I have not seen any coherent tea party platform--that is, what the tea party is for. I've seen plenty about what the tea party is against. It's difficult to run on a platform of negatives.

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