Election day is tomorrow and besides voting for your favorite presidential candidate, another very important office is at stake – Cook County State’s Attorney. Anita Alvarez is trying to win re-election but in light of everything that has happened over the past few years, a vote for Alvarez is a vote for continued corruption.The day the citizens of Cook County saw the Laquan McDonald tape and learned that Alvarez office had seen the tape a year earlier, was the day that any chance of her being re-elected was disqualified. We may never know everything that went on between the political powers in regards to that case, but we do know it should have been handled much quicker and not kept behind closed doors.
Now Cook County residents have the opportunity to vote for Kim Foxx or Donna More. Both are experienced and in my view, the only choices. But I recommend Kim Foxx based on the Chicago Tribune's endorsement and the debate hosted by WLS-TV a few weeks ago. In that debate, it became clear that Foxx has the experience, professionalism and leadership to run that office properly. I was very impressed by her demeanor, especially withstanding attacks from both Alvarez and More. And although More made some pretty good points, her negativity and criticisms throughout the debate, reflected very poorly on her.
In this debate, Alvarez looked desperate, trying to save her job even though all of Chicago and the nation, are well aware that she held back that videotape. At one point after attacking Foxx, she went on to say that politics doesn’t affect her decision. Right. After that line, I was waiting for a drummer’s rimshot. And in the Tribune’s editorial board meeting with the candidates, the editor’s wrote, “As the candidates for Cook County state's attorney debated the handling of the Laquan McDonald case before the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board on Feb. 4, 2016, incumbent Anita Alvarez defended her investigation, saying, "I don't believe any mistakes were made."
Another rimshot please.
Donna More had the best line of the debate when she addressed the slow response by Alvarez office to the McDonald case saying, “What evidence did you have at day 400 that you did not have at day 40?” That defines the reason Alvarez can’t be re-elected. As good as More looked when delivering that line, and a few others during the debate, she mistakenly started sniping at Foxx, sounding like a criticizer, not a leader. Her tone and demeanor hurt her. What does that have to do with becoming the State’s Attorney? Well, people have to work with her, work for her. Put it in perspective.
Conversely, Foxx never lost her poise, even when both More and Alvarez continued attacking her. She wouldn't be dragged down into the mud. That was impressive. She maintained the high road and delivered her answers about gun control and a change needed in the prison system where people with mental illness should be treated for their illness and not jailed. Her closing statement also made it clear that she understands the plight of those residents of Chicago who live in fear of gang violence, having grown up in the Cabrini-Green housing project.
In that same Tribune’s editorial board meeting, the editor’s wrote,
“We tried to make sure Foxx is running for chief prosecutor, not for public defender (actually an appointed post). Foxx talks eagerly and easily about police misconduct cases and whether too many people are in prison. And it's fair for her to ride waves of public animus toward law enforcement in some communities. But, year after year, hundreds of young people are slaughtered in those communities by stone-cold killers who should be ostracized and punished. Job One for the state's attorney — again, the people's attorney — is to stand up for those dead victims, their devastated families, and the rule of criminal law in Cook County. Foxx suggested to us that she does understand the crime-fighting demands of the job. We trust that she could connect with people in those violence-ravaged communities. That she could explain to them why cooperating with cops and prosecutors in finding and convicting the bad guys can curtail the bloodshed that takes so many of their children's lives. The need to bridge that disconnect between Chicago communities and their police officers is one of several reasons we're hoping for a fresh start at state's attorney.”
Based on the WLS-TV debate and the endorsements of the Tribune, Sun-Times, Daily Herald and Chicago Defender, I honestly believe there is only one choice, Kim Foxx. And when she defeats the GOP nominee Christopher Pfannkuche and takes over the State’s Attorney’s office, I’m sure she is well aware that her feet will be held to the fire and her actions placed under tremendous scrutiny, especially by those newspapers that endorsed her. For the sake of Cook County, but especially the City of Chicago, I hope she wins and succeeds for everyone’s benefit.
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