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Political fingers point over sexual harassment issues

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018

* The ILGOP claims that Comptroller Mendoza won’t be independent of Madigan on the sexual harassment issue…

* Interviews during an investigation do not equal guilt, but this is an interesting point…

* Media advisory…

TUES, 7:30PM: Legislators and members of newly formed Campaign Workers Guild meet to discuss protecting political staff from abuse and harassment

WHO: State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), State Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago), State Rep. Theresa Mah (D-Chicago) State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago), other legislators, and the Campaign Workers Guild, a newly formed union representing political campaign workers

WHAT: Four Democratic Chicago State Representatives — Cassidy, Guzzardi, Mah and Mitchell will meet with the Campaign Workers guild on Tuesday to seek guidance to begin to address concerns arising from recent allegations about sexual harassment in the Democratic Party of Illinois. The meeting from 5:30-7:30 will be closed to the press but the legislators as well as a representative from the Campaign Workers Guild will be available for comment immediately after the meeting.

WHERE: Red Roof Inn (formerly State House Inn), 101 E Adams, Springfield, IL, in the Gallery Room

* Democratic candidate invokes a movement against sexual harassment called “Time’s up!” in a campaign press release about petitions…

An expedited decision will be made today by Judge Robert Bertucci in the Circuit Court of Cook County—Room #1704 to determine if Andrea Raila, Candidate for Cook County Assessor will remain on the ballot.

Andrea Raila has been submitted to an unprecedented 73 days of a grueling and often dehumanizing petition challenge process and over $300K in an unchecked mix of taxpayer and private money thrown in every direction to keep her name off the ballot.

The war waged against Andrea Raila is led by self styled progressive Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi. As a result, Kaegi has allowed thousands of taxpayer’s dollars to be spent to fight his war to remove a qualified woman with more than 37 years of experience in property tax assessments and appeals from the ballot.

An examination of Kaegi’s unchallenged petitions reveals identical technical irregularities that he accuses Raila of with the slanderous term “pattern of fraud.” In addition, petitions have surfaced belonging to the Kaegi camp that were circulated and notarized before the legally allowed date for petitions to be circulated along with affidavits from the circulators.

Up to now, the Kaegi camp has gone virtually unchallenged. Raila declares, “If Kaegi wants this office, he will have fight for it tooth and nail and come clean with the voters of Cook County. Time’s up! We are not going to sit idly by while he makes arrogant decisions for the voters of Cook County. Our voices will be heard and our supporters will see their democratic right to vote for me realized.”

…Adding… From Kaegi campaign manager Rebecca Reynolds…

“All the feigned outrage in the world doesn’t change the fact that Andrea Raila personally engaged in an unprecedented level of fraud. The voters see right through this political charade.”

* From Morning Spin

State Sen. Ira Silverstein reports the Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund controlled by Senate President John Cullerton paid $50,000 for media production.

That $50,000 to Silverstein is part of three other contributions from Cullerton to his damaged member totalling well over $100K.

* Today’s headlines from some of Dan Proft’s papers…

* Madigan less than honest in dealing with harassment issue, Leef says

* Madigan handling of harassment issue points to need for term limits, Idstein says

* Harassment issues may prompt Dems to get rid of Madigan, Petty says

* Ives says everyone has had enough of Madigan

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Whatever - Tuesday, Feb 27, 18 @ 3:03 pm:

    ==ILGOP claims that Comptroller Mendoza won’t be independent of Madigan on the sexual harassment issue ==

    This is not as big a stretch as saying Ives is working for Madigan, but . . . Where does it end?

    Dear ILGOP: I’m a Republican and I have never, ever voted for Speaker Madigan. I hereby formally denounce him for any of his sins of commission or omission in the past or in the future. Please don’t start badmouthing me with regards to this matter.

  2. - Anon - Tuesday, Feb 27, 18 @ 3:04 pm:

    Why would the legislators have scheduled the campaign workers guild meeting in the middle of the primary campaign when most people who are actually working campaigns won’t be able to go. I get that the issue is getting headlines in the press, but if you really wanted input from people on the ground couldn’t this have waited until after the primary?

  3. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 27, 18 @ 3:21 pm:

    Perhaps time is up for Ms. Raila who seems to be doing the bidding of Joe Berrios more every day her quixotic quest drags on.

  4. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 27, 18 @ 3:27 pm:

    The ILGOP might want to tune into Ahern’s twitter feed. Glass houses and all.

    This one was been coming for some time. They didn’t know that? It’s poor judgment to assume that any political party or organization is going to escape damage from this movement.

  5. - Res Judicata - Tuesday, Feb 27, 18 @ 6:26 pm:

    Generations of Illinois candidates have negotiated the petition gathering process and obtained ballot access. Raila behaves like this process was created as a unique obstacle to her political ambitions. Not true.

  6. - Gettysburgaddress - Tuesday, Feb 27, 18 @ 6:27 pm:

    Muraschko and Childress…………… What did the Governor know and when did he know it?

  7. - Blue dog dem - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 7:07 am:

    Comptoller Mendoza . A partisan hack.if I’ve ever seen one.

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