-By Warner Todd Huston
A few days ago I related an incident between Republican candidate for Congress Isaac Hayes and the Mayor of University Park, Alvin McCowan. Hayes claimed that Mayor McCowan freaked out on him at a recent networking event and kicked him out of a public place after Mr. Hayes had been scheduled to appear there. Apparently, though, the incident is still roiling.
Mayor McCowan is still name calling and mouthing off about this whole thing, it seems. The Hayes campaign released a message from McCowan that shows how much of a creep McCowan is. It starts with punk-act name calling and race baiting, too. What a cretin.
Someone is so desperate for news that the fabricated messages persist. So I suppose Hayes’s white campaign leaders can just come into UP and be disrespectful and talk to the mayor in a disparaging tone and that’s suppose to be acceptable. Then they use the Black press to bring down real Black leaders who have not sold out as Hayes has just to try to get elected. Another Allen Keyes. Stop being blinded.
Glad this race-baiting jerk is taking the high road, eh? Sheese. And this guy is an elected official!
For his part, Hayes laments the low road that Mayor McCowan has taken here.
I am saddened by the hate speech from a sitting Mayor who is more interested in the politics of personal destruction than apologizing for leaving his meeting to interfere in a unrelated, private event. Racial slurs such as “sellout” and “another Alan Keyes” have no place in the public discourse. This only reinforces my complaint that I was discriminated against because of my political views.
My campaign continues to receive apologies from University Park village officials and support from the Mayor’s very own constituents. Both groups communicate their lack of surprise in his behavior, because they have also dealt with his thuggery.
Out of respect to Congressman Jackson, I afforded him an entire weekend to denounce the actions of one of his major campaign contributors. Unfortunately, he has chosen to silently endorse political discrimination and, now, blatant racism. I am certain the Congressman is aware that Booker T. Washington was called a ‘sellout’ and ‘uncle Tom’ by the Radical Left of his day; a man who founded the Tuskegee Institute and National Negro Business League.
Similarly, I would like to present my credentials to the Congressman, Mayor McCowan and members of Illinois’ 2nd District. At Illinois State University, I was a member of the Black Student Union and leading voice on campus in advocacy of the rights of African American students. I have nearly fifteen years of service working with African American inner-city youth. I am employed at the second largest African American church in the state of Illinois, the Apostolic Church of God, where I was hired by Bishop Arthur M. Brazier, a Civil Rights icon who served alongside the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Finally, I have devoted my time to feeding the homeless, providing clothing to the needy and visiting prisons, county jails, and juvenile corrections facilities speaking with African American men, women and youth about choosing a positive path forward. This level of dedication and commitment to the African American community can hardly be considered the work of a “sellout.”
Again, I call on Congressman Jackson to not only denounce the discriminatory actions of Mayor McCowan, but to also repudiate his racially inflammatory words that only serve to further divide our community instead of working together for its good. As President Obama has repeatedly stated, ‘we can disagree without being disagreeable.’ Sadly, the Mayor and Congressman have chosen to ignore the President’s call for Republicans and Democrats to work together in a bipartisan manner.
Here is the full text of mouthy Mayor McCowan’s email:
Someone is so desperate for news that the fabricated messages persist. So I suppose Hayes’s white campaign leaders can just come into UP and be disrespectful and talk to the mayor in a disparaging tone and that’s suppose to be acceptable. Then they use the Black press to bring down real Black leaders who have not sold out as Hayes has just to try to get elected. Another Allen Keyes. Stop being blinded. UP has continued to lower its taxes and will this year have the lowest tax rate in its history. At the same time we have not laid off any of our people as other towns have done. We will have added 400 new jobs in our industrial park. 70 million dollars of infrastructure and road projects. As for the Golf Club that was a necessary purchase to protect our future growth plans for housing, jobs and economic development. If I could have gotten this board to listen we may not be in a fight with Frankfort to protect our western boundary. It seems a lot of these attacks are of a personal nature with no real foundation. Hey, continue with the unfounded allegations if you wish . I am going to continue to lead my town in a manner that ultimately advances my people.
Thanks, from Mayor Al McCowan
I’m glad the good mayor knows so much about grammar and separating thoughts in paragraphs, and all.
Yep, the guy is a class “A” jerk.
For more info about Isaac Hayes and his 2nd District race for Congress visit: http://www.isaac4honesty.com/