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What goes around, comes around

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014

* I was on my way to a speaking event yesterday when I received this e-mail from Chicago Ald. Jason Ervin…

In 2012 prior to my wedding, there was an event held by family and members of my wedding party. This event was my private bachelor party.

Let me be clear, I never used City or campaign funds for this event. This event was not held in my Aldermanic or political office, but on another floor of the building, where neither City nor political funds are spent.

I am deeply disappointed that an individual, whom I regarded as a friend, would attempt to extort me, my family, and the residents of the Ward for personal gain. I apologize to the residents of the 28th Ward for the attention that this has brought and I do not want this private event to overshadow the good work we have accomplished in the 28th Ward.

My wife and I are committed to continued service of our community and we shall move forward.

It was so bizarre that I read the first two paragraphs to the audience as an example of some of the weird stuff I deal with. They got a good chuckle out of it.

* I looked it up on Bing’s news search when I got back home. NBC 5

Chicago Alderman Jason Ervin (28th) is denying he did anything wrong after a YouTube video surfaced of a bachelor party involving female strippers.

The 2012 video was shot in what appears to be a film screening room. […]

Ervin is sitting on a chair on a stage during the video, which ends when a female voice can be heard telling the camera operator to shut it down. […]

Cratic would not confirm any details of the alderman’s extortion allegation or if a police investigation has been launched.

The not safe for work YouTube video is here.

* Ald. Ervin has repeatedly claimed with extremely flimsy evidence that 10th House District candidate Eddie Winters (D-Chicago) is a wife beater. Winters has flatly denied the allegations, but Ervin, who is backing Pamela Reaves-Harris in the crowded primary against indicted Rep. Derrick Smith, has not let up.

So, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if this was some sort of payback. And I’m not saying he deserves this karmic backlash, but stuff happens when you say things like he has.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Stones - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 9:52 am:

    Proves once again - Sex sells.

  2. - PublicServant - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 9:54 am:

    Is Ervin the best they have in the 28th Ward? I doubt it. When’s he up for re-election?

  3. - Joan P. - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 9:57 am:

    A bachelor party with strippers? Never heard of such a thing!

  4. - MrJM - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 10:01 am:

    “Being an old farm boy myself, chickens coming home to roost never did make me sad; they always made me glad.”

    – MrJM

  5. - Downstate - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 10:04 am:

    I’m embarrassed for the alderman, only for the fact that it looks like a lame bachelor party. The facility looks like it doubles as a church.

  6. - 3rd Generation Chicago Native - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 10:05 am:

    At least he knows which one of his friends did this.
    You tube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, you name it dangerous for politicians.

  7. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 10:05 am:

    The continued allegations against Winters while lacking any sort of evidence is low. That said, this indeed seems like “payback”.

    Talk about your bizarre and random emails. Sheesh.

  8. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 10:13 am:

    It’s funny how the candidates with salacious rumors and accusations feel the media should defend them.

  9. - PoolGuy - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 10:34 am:

    clubs ban cell phones and videos. then again having your bachelor party at a club, people may see you. but a private party in same building as your office? pretty dumb. but lame friends too.

  10. - LinebackerII - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 11:23 am:

    Ah ! The ‘ole wife beater charge. You don’t see it much anymore..but back in the day..

  11. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 11:30 am:

    Missed the whole stripper deal back in my bachelor party days. I know it’s the thing, now.

    We farm boys would just play poker, order pizza, smoke weed, drink beer, dig to the tunes, and at the end of the night our ladies would show up to pour us into cars and put us to bed.

    Love those gals. Splendid behavior. Just another Saturday night, really.

    A nephew of mine had a bachelor party down in New Orleans last year. His whole crew flew down there for it. The stories at the wedding of the night on Bourbon Street curled your toes. Freaky.

    It sounded exhausting, and was certainly expensive. Even back in the day, I’d rather fill an inside straight at penny poker.

  12. - Will Caskey - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 11:35 am:

    It’s actually funnier that he didn’t use his ward office for the party.

    “Hey guys not here, this is my ward office. Let’s go UPSTAIRS!”

  13. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 11:36 am:

    ===Missed the whole stripper deal back in my bachelor party days.===

    I went to one such event, for a guy I barely knew. It was basically just something to do on a Friday night with another buddy of mine.

    The betrothed was handcuffed to a chair. The performer forgot or lost the key. He spent the rest of the night figuring out what to do about his unfortunate situation. Kinda put a damper on the evening. I left.

  14. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 11:49 am:

    Rich, youth is wasted on the young.

  15. - Wallendar - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 12:20 pm:

    As a woman I’m embarrassed how these women degrade themselves for a couple of bucks but as the kids say (so often) “it is what it is.”
    I’d rather clean floors or work at Mickey Dee’s- at least I could look myself in the mirror without averting my gaze.

  16. - A guy... - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 12:51 pm:

    Can’t muster up enough to care.

  17. - bored now - Wednesday, Feb 26, 14 @ 1:32 pm:

    youtube account holder has deleted his/her account

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