* Who doesn’t love Cicero politics?
Um, what I mean is, if you don’t have to live or work there, who doesn’t love Cicero politics?
A new Cicero town president race is once again upon us, and it includes allegations by incumbent Larry Dominick that one of his opponents, Juan Ochoa, is using gang members on his campaign…
Dominick would not comment for this story, but Cicero town spokesman Ray Hanania said, “Dominick is probably using CeaseFire members and volunteers to help him get re-elected.” But he added that some of the individuals on the Ochoa campaign have been included by the Chicago Crime Commission in its current book of known gang members.
“That’s the difference,” Hanania said. “Our guys aren’t in that book.”
Ochoa said he doesn’t understand what relevance that has.
Actually, the relevance seems pretty obvious.
* And a “scuffle” reportedly broke out between campaign workers after this happened…
According to Ochoa… a truck denouncing him and Gutierrez attempted to block Ochoa and his campaign workers while they were walking in the parade. The billboard on the flat truck read “Tell Luis Gutierrez and Juan Ochoa to take their Street Gang Friends back to Chicago.”
Man, that’s old school.
* Of course, there are the obligatory allegations that some folks have been put into the race to split an ethnic voting bloc. The town is 80 percent Latino. Dominick is not a Latino. So, some say this guy is a plant…
De Loera, a lifelong Cicero resident, said he’s still developing a plan for the town… “President Dominick has done a good job bringing new businesses to town, but I am younger and have a hunger to do even more for the community.”
Hey, at least he answered his phone, so maybe he isn’t a plant because they tend to go way underground, or to Florida.
* Meanwhile, this local campaign story is decidedly un-Cicerolike…
Independent challenger George Wissmiller won a DeWitt County Board seat on a coin toss Monday, but he didn’t approve of settling the tied race by “gambling.”
“I am obviously pleased with the results,” Wissmiller said of winning the third District B seat up for vote in the Nov. 6 election. […]
Prior to the flip of the coin by County Clerk Dana Smith, Wissmiller read a prepared statement voicing his opposition to the manner in which the election was settled.
“I don’t gamble,” Wissmiller said. “This process here today is very clearly gambling.”
He said he resolved his conflict by deciding not to accept the nominal pay for the office if he were to win the toss.
“If I refuse to accept pay for this office, it ceases to be gambling,” he said. “The office itself is a responsibility and not a thing of value.”
People can rationalize just about anything, I suppose.