* I told subscribers about this story yesterday and forgot to post it for the rest of y’all. Here’s David Giuliani at the Patch…
On May 5, 2016, [before she was a legislator, Rep. Deanne Mazzochi, R-Elmhurst] weighed in on President Barack Obama and then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a “Snark of the day” post.
“We just had a president who was clearly in it to get historic revenge against ‘colonialist white men.’ Now we’re supposed to elect a revenge-hungry shrew who wants to punish all men in general? No thanks,” Mazzochi wrote. […]
Mazzochi wrote the post when she was the chairwoman of the College of Dupage Board of Trustees. […]
In 2016, she wrote a number of tweets in defense of then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, although she won’t say these days whether she’ll vote for him. […]
“If you favor liberty then the President should be a white, male Republican. Because only then will the Deep State and the Media keep him in check,” she wrote.
* An Equality Illinois press release this afternoon is what reminded me…
Newly exposed discriminatory comments show it’s déjà vu in DuPage County following racist and homophobic remarks by State Rep. Amy Grant last month.
This week, thanks to diligent reporting by the Patch, voters learned State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (House District 47) made transphobic comments on Facebook in 2016 while she was serving on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees. She called it snark, but we aren’t laughing at her transphobia.
Mazzochi’s comments are beyond shameful. As a leader at an institution of higher education, she was entrusted with the well-being of all students and the cultivation of affirming learning environments. Instead, she sent the exact opposite message: trans students should be stereotyped and mocked. Even worse, she posted her comments just three days after the United States Departments of Justice and Education offered guidance to schools about the fair treatment of trans students.
Contrary to Mazzochi’s posts, trans people are disproportionately the victims of violence. At least 27 trans people were killed in the United States in 2016, the same year Mazzochi posted to Facebook. And 2020 has surpassed the previous five years, with at least 32 trans people killed in violent attacks in the United States.
Trans people also experience harassment and stigma in Illinois educational institutions. Eighty percent report mistreatment in K-12 schools, and 27% experience verbal, physical, or sexual harassment in colleges and vocational schools.
When Mazzochi had the opportunity last year as a state representative to support legislation that would make schools safer and more affirming for LGBTQ youth, she voted NO.
Mazzochi fails the basic test of acting in accordance with Illinois values of equality and inclusion. Since she is clearly unable to represent all of her constituents with equal care and respect, Rep. Mazzochi does not deserve re-election.
Since late last year, Patch has been trying to get an answer about why state Rep. Deanne Mazzochi did not vote yes or no on a proposal to cap insulin prices. She voted present in November, even after she took a vocal stand against the measure.
If Mazzochi, R-Elmhurst, had voted no, she would have been in a small minority. The bill sailed through the House 100-13 and the Senate 43-1. She was the only one who voted present. Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill in January. […]
In an interview last week, Mazzochi questioned what good a dissenting vote would have done. And she raised the prospect of negative campaign mailers. She is running against Democrat Jennifer Zordani of Clarendon Hills in the Nov. 3 election.
Mazzochi said she was against a price cap because it would remove pharmaceutical companies’ incentive to charge a price lower than the cap. With the politics involved, she said, one firm decided to stay out of the insulin market and that others would likely follow.
That vote has been called out by her Democratic opponent…
Jennifer Zordani, D-Clarendon Hills, is running against Mazzochi in the November election. She said Mazzochi’s firm is tied to pharmaceutical companies and that she is tilted toward them in the Legislature. Zordani cited Mazzochi’s present vote on the insulin issue.
Zordani said Mazzochi’s effort for an ethics bill that targets property tax lawyers such as Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is fair. But she said it should be broadened to include those with other conflicts, referring to Mazzochi’s ties to pharmaceutical firms, where she said the lawmaker has an “inherent bias.”
“The entire problem with Illinois politics is we don’t have strong enough standards,” Zordani said.