Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » *** UPDATED x1 - Equality Illinois ‘alarmed’ over possible Harris appointment *** Personal PAC warns Democratic committeepersons about Sen. Napoleon Harris
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      About     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact Rich Miller
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 - Equality Illinois ‘alarmed’ over possible Harris appointment *** Personal PAC warns Democratic committeepersons about Sen. Napoleon Harris

Monday, Apr 22, 2024 - Posted by Rich Miller

* I was wondering if this was coming. Personal PAC CEO Sarah Garza Resnick…

As the Cook County Committeepeople consider the slating and appointment of a new Cook County Clerk this week, Personal PAC would urge them to examine each candidate’s record on protecting abortion rights. The Cook County Clerk’s office serves an enormous role in both the health of our democracy, and the most personal moments of our lives, administering birth, death, and marriage records. It is important that the candidate appointed to, or slated for, this position supports the fundamental right to bodily autonomy.

One candidate, Senator Napoleon Harris III, has repeatedly shown through his no votes in the General Assembly on the Reproductive Health Act, HB 40, and the repeal of parental notification that he does not support the right to bodily autonomy. He has not stood with Personal PAC and our many allies and partners as we have worked to expand abortion access in Illinois.

Moving forward, Personal PAC intends to endorse in committeeperson races, as the slating and appointment processes are vital components of keeping Illinois 100% pro-choice. Committeepeople who support Senator Harris’s candidacy for such an important role will not be considered as 100% pro-choice incumbents in their next race for Committeeperson.

Expect a vote this Friday. I’m hearing that Cook County Board President and party chair Toni Preckwinkle wants to appoint Chief Deputy County Clerk Cedric Giles to fill the office vacancy through the end of the term.

Other candidates for the ballot appointment include Cook County Commissioners Kevin Morrison and Donna Miller, as well as MWRD Commissioner Kari Steele, although there might be a legal issue with doing that.

By the way, the office vacancy vote will be one vote for each committeeperson. The ballot appointment will be done on a weighted vote.

*** UPDATE *** Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson…

“It is with great alarm that we hear that Senator Napoleon Harris is under consideration for appointment to the vacancy for Cook County Clerk.

“Senator Harris has one of the worst voting records for LGBTQ+ equality among current Democratic Senators. In particular, he has failed to vote for some of the most essential bills advancing full equality for LGBTQ+ people, including:

    • Marriage Equality (SB 10) 2013
    • Gender identity in Death and Funeral Instructions (HB 3552) 2015
    • Birth certificate modernization (HB1785) 2017
    • Panic Defense Ban (SB 1761) 2017
    • Inclusive Curriculum Bill (HB 246) 2019
    • LGBTQ+ Older Adults Bill (SB 1319) 2019
    • HIV decriminalization (HB 1063) 2021
    • Birth certificate modernization (HB 9) 2023

“As you can see, Sen. Harris has refused to vote for marriage equality, either birth certificate modernization laws, or the gender identity in death law. Given his refusal to support the full dignity of LGBTQ+ people in these critical areas, we are alarmed over the possibility that he might serve in a position with tremendous authority over birth, death, and marriage certificates.”

       

22 Comments
  1. - DuPage Saint - Monday, Apr 22, 24 @ 4:04 pm:

    i get that the Democratic party is very pro choice and U would understand that they probably want to endorse such a candidate but does it really have that much to do with running the Clerk’s office? Are they going to ask candidates their positions in a Gaza ceasefire?


  2. - Rich Miller - Monday, Apr 22, 24 @ 4:18 pm:

    ===but does it really have that much to do with running the Clerk’s office?===

    Waiting on Equality Illinois’ statement.


  3. - Drury's Missing Clock - Monday, Apr 22, 24 @ 4:29 pm:

    == Are they going to ask candidates their positions in a Gaza ceasefire? ==

    Think you’re confusing an extremely unifying issue for an extremely divisive one.


  4. - CornAl DoGooder - Monday, Apr 22, 24 @ 4:38 pm:

    ==Think you’re confusing an extremely unifying issue for an extremely divisive one.==

    Also confusing a close to home issue with one halfway across the world. There is something to be said for not elevating county-wide leaders who do not support the party position on what will be THE key issue for this election and for a long time to come. It may not have a ton to do with running the office, but there is a symbolic issue for the party there.


  5. - JJJJJJJJJJ - Monday, Apr 22, 24 @ 4:42 pm:

    They are a pro-choice org. They’re saying that they want the party to elevate pro-choice dems within the party. Regardless of if clerk has anything to do with abortion, that position makes perfect sense.


  6. - Excitable Boy - Monday, Apr 22, 24 @ 5:14 pm:

    - Are they going to ask candidates their positions in a Gaza ceasefire? -

    No, because they aren’t a pro-Israel or pro-Palestinian organization. What is so complicated about this?


  7. - H-W - Monday, Apr 22, 24 @ 5:19 pm:

    @ DuPage Saint

    I seem to recall not long ago, a county clerk refusing to sign marriage licenses on religious grounds in Kentucky (I think). I can imagine a person doing the same in Illinois.


  8. - Sycophantic Averse - Monday, Apr 22, 24 @ 5:23 pm:

    “Committeepeople who support Senator Harris’s candidacy for such an important role will not be considered as 100% pro-choice incumbents in their next race for Committeeperson.”

    We really oughta get out of the threats business.


  9. - Gravitas - Monday, Apr 22, 24 @ 5:31 pm:

    A favorite player for the Northwestern Wildcats: Napolean Harris.


  10. - Frida's boss - Monday, Apr 22, 24 @ 5:36 pm:

    So now, if you think Senator Harris would be a good Clerk, you are no longer Pro-Choice? So if President Harmon decides to support one of his members, he is no longer 100% Pro-Choice?
    Are they going to take away Speaker Welch’s 100% rating due to him supporting Rep Candidate Rick Ryan, who has an interesting past on Choice issues?
    Threatening people with this friend-of-a-friend stuff is not good politics. At least not when it’s your own tent.


  11. - JS Mill - Monday, Apr 22, 24 @ 6:18 pm:

    So we are now doing the ilgop purity test stuff in the Idp? I guestbthe purpose of the organization and making a statement, but it could have been more along the lines of “We disagree with this candidate and his positions on these issues and he does not have our support”. The rest sounds like a progressive organization going too far with the threats stuff like CTU.


  12. - Suburban Mom - Monday, Apr 22, 24 @ 6:19 pm:

    Being a pro-life Democrat in Illinois who was born in 1979 seems like a real career-limiting stance.


  13. - Amalia - Monday, Apr 22, 24 @ 6:32 pm:

    nothing would suprise me. Clayton Harris with his anti choice preacher & his donation to Ethan Hastert got only a but he’s not anti choice from Toni & company. I’ve never heard these things about Sen. Harris Glad they are exposing. Hope they don’t pick him.


  14. - Excitable Boy - Monday, Apr 22, 24 @ 7:02 pm:

    - So we are now doing the ilgop purity test stuff in the Idp? -

    Are you ignorant of how Personal PAC has operated for decades?


  15. - Candy Dogood - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 12:09 am:

    ===but does it really have that much to do with running the Clerk’s office?===

    There’s two takes here; the first is that one generally one should want a public official to agree with the concept everyone who is a human is a human and has basic human or civil rights. Someone who clearly disagrees with who is fully human and decides that some people don’t have the rights of other people probably shouldn’t be handing out permits or be in charge of the entity that does, you know, because they’ve clearly shown that they’re fine with a government that discriminates against women and and LGBTQ folks. So that’s one good reason. Democrats in Illinois don’t need a coalition that includes bigots.

    The second reason is also pretty straight forward. The City Clerk is still a boss. Perhaps we don’t need a boss who doesn’t believe that all of their employees are equally deserving of human rights.

    Which kinds of discrimination do you think should be overlooked when appointing the public official responsible for permits and record keeping?


  16. - Annon3 - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 8:54 am:

    The ministerial duties of the Clerk could easily impact the LGBTQ+ Community. They have every right to and should express their concerns.


  17. - Jocko - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 9:19 am:

    ==Being a pro-life Democrat in Illinois==

    Harris is entitled to his beliefs (demonstrated through his abstentions). It’s not unreasonable to ask if Harris will act on them as Clerk.


  18. - Ha - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 10:34 am:

    Special interests should push their positions, but public officials and party leaders don’t have to dance to their wishes - especially when the administrative office has almost nothing to do with that issue. These purity power plays are similar to the right-wingers and work best in cities with 80 percent Democrats.


  19. - Lincoln Lad - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 10:57 am:

    With the current national attacks on women’s healthcare and rights, this is extremely relevant. IMO it’s disqualifying for a more significant role. These are times that require unity on principle.


  20. - Cosgrove - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 3:33 pm:

    Anyone who believes women and LGBTQ people are second class citizens has no place in government. Period. There are no excuses for bigotry and misogyny.


  21. - Shytown - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 4:26 pm:

    Honestly, I can’t believe we’re having a legit conversation about Napoleon Harris taking this spot.


  22. - Just Sayin” - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 6:40 pm:

    Considering what has happened Federally and in many states on choice I think it is absolutely appropriate to draw a line here. Clerks become mayors and county presidents and congress persons etc. stop them early is smart strategy.


TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Isabel’s afternoon roundup
* Uber Partners With Cities To Expand Urban Transportation
* Yes on operations and capital spending, No on revenues to pay for it
* Giannoulias on House floor while bill goes down
* Some budget react
* Governor rebuffs Rep. Crespo’s worries of future fiscal cliff
* Coverage roundup: House sends $53.1 billion FY25 budget to the governor
* Open thread
* Isabel’s morning briefing
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Live coverage
* Welch: 'No one's ever said the House is boring'
* House passes budget 65-45 - BIMP passes 62-46 - Grocery tax elimination sails 86-20 - Revenue omnibus put on postponed consideration - Motion to reconsider passes - But big problem and Dems will have to suspend the rules - Concurrence motion finally passes as GOP gives up
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
May 2024
April 2024
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller