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Joe Berrios’ new radio ad features Jesse White, more attacks on Kaegi

Friday, Dec 15, 2017

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* Script

Jesse White: This is Secretary of State Jesse White. Let me tell you about my friend Joe Berrios. Growing up in Cabrini Green, Joe learned early on the importance of hard work, commitment and giving back. That’s exactly what he has done as a public official. As Cook County Assessor he has protected homeowners, made the office more accessible while cutting his staff 25 percent. Please join me, Jesse White, in supporting Joe Berrios for Cook County Assessor.

Announcer: While Joe Berrios works to reform a broken system, investment banker Fritz Kaegi profited off of it. Kaegi managed a fund that invested nearly $30 million in private prisons. Prisons where minority women faced abusive guards and detainees died suspiciously. The company he invested in even pushed for harsher sentencing laws. Fritz Kaegi saw prisons as a way to make money. He is no reformer.

* Related…

* Eric Zorn: Desperate Berrios and the ‘Republican’ lie: Kaegi’s camp fired back, calling the ad a “malicious lie,” saying the prison investments were made by others after he stepped down and declaring that “there is not a single document listing (a private prison company) as a holding that also lists Fritz as a portfolio manager.” Does the Berrios campaign have such a document? I asked Thursday and didn’t receive a response by my deadline. But even if they did … really? Is Berrios so desperate that he wants to make the campaign about ethical asset management in areas utterly unrelated to the duties of the assessor? And that he thinks branding his opponent as a secret Republican is the key to re-election?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

8 Comments
  1. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Dec 15, 17 @ 12:38 pm:

    “While Joe Berrios works to reform a broken system,”

    Joe Berrios has been the Cook County Assessor since 2010 and the system is still broken.

    it is broken on purpose, for the benefit of the property tax lawyers who fund his campaign and not for the needs of the middle class.

    You have had plenty of time to fix the broken system Joe, why is it still broken?


  2. - DuPage Saint - Friday, Dec 15, 17 @ 12:57 pm:

    If he fired all his relatives he would reduce the staff by another 25%


  3. - Just Me - Friday, Dec 15, 17 @ 1:04 pm:

    I call B.S. on this one. Please provide the evidence that Berrios, “works to reform a broken system.”


  4. - NeverPoliticallyCorrect - Friday, Dec 15, 17 @ 1:12 pm:

    While Berrios is incompetent at least and a liar at worst it is quite amusing to see the Dems attacking each other. Cook County (my county) is such a cesspool of political double dealing that it’s hard to have any hope for improvement regardless of the winner of any of the county wide elections.


  5. - LilLebowskiUrbanAchiever - Friday, Dec 15, 17 @ 1:42 pm:

    Jesse White never fails to disappoint these days. Someone should ask him if he read the Pro Publica study. And, if he says yes, how he can justify supporting Berrios.


  6. - Amalia - Friday, Dec 15, 17 @ 2:47 pm:

    Jesse White. you have been around a long time. tick tock.


  7. - wordslinger - Friday, Dec 15, 17 @ 3:32 pm:

    I wonder if Berrios is making a mistake raising Kaegi’s profile.

    I understand trying to define Kaegi before he does so himself. The question is, can Kaegi even raise the money to define himself?


  8. - SaulGoodman - Friday, Dec 15, 17 @ 3:43 pm:

    Berrios poll numbers must look really bad…


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