(Chicago, IL) — December 28, 2009. The Independent Voters of Illinois–Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) state board of directors has rejected the local district endorsement of Democratic state representative candidate Dan Farley and has scheduled a re-vote for Tuesday, December 29.
Multiple IVI-IPO voters casting their ballots for Farley, a former Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney who is seeking the House seat on Chicago’s north side being vacated by State Rep. John Fritchey, were disqualified, according to a well-placed source.
The board noted an unusual spike in number of endorsement voters and launched an inquiry to determine who actually voted and their qualifications. Some the disqualified voters had only recently acquired IVI-IPO membership and voted, a violation of the group’s rules.
Farley and the race’s other two challengers, attorneys Ann Williams and Ed Mullen, will also be able to resubmit their candidacies to IVI-IVPO for reconsideration.
Farley’s campaign has hit a rough patch.
Last week, the campaign issued an e-mail campaign endorsement from U.S. Mike Quigley and issued a quote attributed to Quigley taking a non-too subtle jab at Williams for her past employment as a lobbyist for Wyeth, the maker, among other things, chapstick.
Problem? Quigley affirmed the endorsement but disavowed the quote. Never said it.
After a polite spanking from a Quigley spokesman, the Farley campaign was supposed to have issued a correction. No correction has been forthcoming. Zippo.
In the meantime, the fabricated Quigley quote has been also printed and mailed throughout the district by Farley campaign. Oops.
Can’t unring a bell.
Anyway, it’s always easier to ask for forgiveness and than permission.