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*** UPDATED x2 *** Kaegi could get one-on-one primary with Berrios

Monday, Feb 5, 2018

* Hmm…



Assessor Joe Berrios started with two Democratic primary opponents, Raila and the well-funded Fritz Kaegi. Not having a woman in the race and a head-to-head primary are most definitely not in Berrios’ best interests.

*** UPDATE 1 *** Sun-Times

Raila immediately said she would challenge the ruling, first with the Cook County Electoral Board, and if necessary after that, by filing suit in circuit court.

She and her attorney, Frank Avila, denied there was fraud and accused the hearing officer of bias in favor of Kaegi.

It was Kaegi who pressed the petition challenge against Raila after incumbent Berrios dropped his own challenge.

Kaegi has the backing of much of the Democratic Party’s progressive establishment, including Cook County Clerk David Orr.

*** UPDATE 2 *** Kaegi campaign…

-A Cook County Electoral Board hearing officer concluded on Monday that Assessor candidate Andrea Raila has not met the legal threshold of valid petition signatures to qualify to appear on the March 20 Democratic primary ballot. As such, progressive Democrat Fritz Kaegi is preparing to challenge embattled incumbent Assessor Joe Berrios head on.

“The Cook County Electoral Board conducted a professional, thorough and fair process that culminated in the decision this morning, based on what they viewed as ‘clear and convincing evidence,’” said Rebecca Reynolds, campaign manager for Kaegi. “We look forward to continuing to focus squarely on defeating Joe Berrios, because the voters deserve an Assessor who operates fairly, transparently and professionally–and that’s what’s at stake in this election.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

18 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 12:39 pm:

    So is Madigan to blame for this bounce, too? Seems counter-intuitive,


  2. - SaulGoodman - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 12:40 pm:

    Would be nice to see some polling for this race.

    At Equality Illinois Gala, Berrios got more boos than Rauner did…


  3. - Anonymous - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 12:41 pm:

    Berrios radio ads all over certain radio stations.
    I saw identity politics as a theme.


  4. - Me2 - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 12:47 pm:

    What a horrible decision.

    A woman could win this race.


  5. - TKMH - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 12:52 pm:

    =What a horrible decision.

    A woman could win this race.==

    I heard Raila speak at my local Democratic Party endorsement meeting.

    A woman could win the race, but probably not her.


  6. - Chidude - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 12:52 pm:

    @SaulGoodman that’s incorrect information. I was at the Equality gala and I never heard a boo for Assessor Berrios.


  7. - anon2 - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:13 pm:

    It’s generally in the incumbent’s favor to have opposition split between two or more opponents. A woman on the Democratic primary ballot against two men would be certain to attract a significant vote, especially one well qualified.


  8. - City Zen - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:19 pm:

    ==At Equality Illinois Gala, Berrios got more boos than Rauner did…==

    Shouldn’t boos be distributed in an equitable manner at an equity event?


  9. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:27 pm:

    ==- TKMH - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 12:52 pm:==

    She’s also raising basically no money outside of huge loans to herself. Terrible website. No earned media.


  10. - walker - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:35 pm:

    “”So is Madigan to blame for this bounce, too? Seems counter-intuitive,”"

    Nice understated irony.

    Raila-plus-Kaegi, helps Berrios win the primary. Some Kaegi fans even suspect Raila was a Madigan plant — which I find ridiculous, and insulting to her.


  11. - anon2 - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:46 pm:

    The “pattern of fraud” principle applied to petitions is worth discussing. As I understand it, the rule means that some fraud in signatures invalidates all signatures collected by the same person.


  12. - 7432 - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 2:01 pm:

    Testimony in the hearing demonstrated that the two circulators who got the most signatures for Raila swore falsely in the affadavits at the bottom of each sheet. They weren’t physically present when signatures were collected, but instead notarized sheets that were mailed into the campaign office by voters. I collected several hundred signatures this cycle, for campaigns that trained us how to do it right


  13. - RP Progressive - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 2:03 pm:

    I’m enraged that Fritz Kaegi bullied and silenced a woman from getting on the ballot. He calls himself a progressive? Where’s the outrage from other women and progressives? This behavior should not be allowed by fellow progressives and needs to be called out immediately.


  14. - Rich Miller - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 2:09 pm:

    ===I’m enraged that Fritz===

    Joe? Is that you? lol


  15. - @misterjayem - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 2:16 pm:

    The “pattern of fraud” principle applied to petitions is worth discussing. As I understand it, the rule means that some fraud in signatures invalidates all signatures collected by the same person.
    That’s one way that a “pattern of fraud” finding can be applied. Another is to reject any page with any bad signatures on it.

    In either case, it’s a rationale for invalidating entire pages of signatures at a time.

    – MrJM


  16. - @misterjayem - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 2:19 pm:

    The “pattern of fraud” principle applied to petitions is worth discussing. As I understand it, the rule means that some fraud in signatures invalidates all signatures collected by the same person.

    That’s one way that a “pattern of fraud” finding can be applied. Another is to reject any page with any bad signatures on it.

    In either case, it’s a rationale for invalidating entire pages of signatures at a time.

    – MrJM

    *Reposted in the interests of legibility.


  17. - Anonymous - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 3:30 pm:

    ==I heard Raila speak at my local Democratic Party endorsement meeting. A woman could win the race, but probably not her.==

    Her office was a disappointment when I protested my real estate taxes.


  18. - JoanP - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 3:31 pm:

    “What a horrible decision.

    “A woman could win this race.”

    That’s not a legal basis for a ruling. Got anything else?


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