-By Warner Todd Huston
So, the Chicago Republican Party finally gets off the pot and slates some candidates in the upcoming election for some of the state offices from the city and what does the anti-Democratic Party do? You guessed it, they try and use cynical and childish petition challenge games to throw them all off the ballot so they can run unopposed again.
With its new Chairman, Adam Robinson, at its head the Party has slated candidates for several House and Senate Districts
The Chicago GOP has slated the following candidates:
- Senate District 1: George MaAyteh
- Senate District 6: Scott Campbell
- Senate District 8: Tom Morris
- Senate District 17: Xavier “X” Roman
- House District 2: Roy Pletsch
- House District 10: Kimberly Small
- House District 14: Paul Minervino
- House District 25: Juan Antonio Diaz
Says Chairman Robinson,
“Chicago Democrats have driven this state into the ground, and they’re rightly worried about voters punishing them at the ballot box this November. It’s shameful, but not surprising, that they’re attempting to deny Chicago voters a choice. We will vigorously defend our candidates’ right to run for office.”
The petition challenge really is the single most abused and cynical set of statutes in Illinois politics. It is how our wonderful President illicitly elbowed his way to the White House — a fact in itself that attests to how unfair and abused the statutes really are.
If Democrats were so darn sure that the voters thought them the best, why be afraid of upstart Republicans? Why else but because they know they have grifted and stolen from the voters for so long that a backlash has to eventually come, throwing them from the offices that they treat like criminal enterprises.
But, no, they play games and try their illicit tricks to prevent Chicagoans from having any actual choices at the ballot box. Democrats hate democracy. It’s really just that simple.
The Chicago GOP has also finally slated some candidates for some Cook County offices.
Diane Shapiro, with over 30 years of Cook County government experience, will match up against Dorothy Brown for the office of Clerk of the Circuit Court. Lori Yokoyama, an attorney and entrepreneur, is challenging Anita Alvarez for Cook County State’s Attorney. Sales consultant Sherri Griffith is taking on Karen Yarborough for the office of Cook County Recorder of Deeds.
Now, I won’t sit here and pass any judgment (either way) on the suitability of all these candidates as I don’t known a darn thing about any of them. But suffice to say it is nice to see a Chicago GOP that is actually slating candidates for a change.