Umholtz announces for AG
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2005
The announcement didn’t go as smoothly as most of the stories indicate.
I had to do a radio interview yesterday, so I missed the announcement, but reporters who were there said Umholtz repeated the “perception” line over and over again, particularly as it related to corruption.
Reporters then had a little fun with him, asking Umholtz how he felt about the “perception” of his alma mater’s former nickname, the “Pekin Chinks,” and where he stood on Chief Illiniwek.
“I can tell you that we worked very hard in our community to overcome that perception,” he said about the old Chinks nickname.
He said about the Chief, “In our country, we’ve been an embarassment about how we’ve treated Native Americans in our history.”
Nobody, however, asked Umholtz why he hasn’t filed a campaign disclosure support since June 15, 2000.