* Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez wasn’t happy that former Gov. Pat Quinn endorsed her Democratic Party primary rival Kim Foxx…
Alvarez’s campaign quickly issued a statement ripping Quinn as a “career politician” and noting that he had previously received campaign donations from Foxx’s political patron and former boss, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Preckwinkle sent $52,500 to Quinn in 2014, state records show. Foxx served as Preckwinkle’s chief of staff until jumping into the state’s attorney’s race.
“To the surprise of no one, career politician Pat Quinn, who has been the beneficiary of hundreds of thousands in campaign spending by Toni Preckwinkle, is now backing her political puppet Kim Foxx,” Mike Carson, campaign manager for Alvarez, said in the statement.
The Alvarez campaign also made it clear they didn’t expect support from Quinn, given that two years ago Alvarez announced a criminal investigation into an anti-violence program run by his administration.
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But while she fires away at Foxx’s support from insiders, Alvarez enjoys the backing of two of the state’s most powerful political operators: House Speaker Michael Madigan and Chicago Ald. Ed Burke. Both have donated to her past campaigns and are backing her again.
“She’s been independent,” said Carson. “She has some folks who endorse her despite that.”
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says her most prominent challenger Kim Foxx showed a “lack of decency” by using some footage of the now-infamous Laquan McDonald shooting video in a new TV campaign ad.
“It is a lack of decency that someone is trying to … gain cheap political points on a death of a young man in the video that shows someone being shot. I don’t find that to be decent. I think it’s appalling,” Alvarez told reporters Wednesday morning after delivering a speech at the City Club of Chicago.
Mother of slain teen says Alvarez used her in commercial without permission