(Chicago, IL) — December 29, 2009. Democratic state representative candidate Dan Farley today rolled out a new and improved endorsement quote from U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL-Chicago).
“I support Dan Farley because of his commitment to advocate for property tax relief and reform, reduce wasteful spending, and fight for what’s right for our community and all of Illinois,” said Quigley.
Last week, the Farley campaign issued an e-mail and a printed brochure that announced Quigley’s endorsement and attributed a quote in the congressman’s name that took a scarcely veiled jab at Farley opponent Ann Williams, a former lobbyist at Wyeth.
“Dan Farley is not a special interest lobbyist. We need a State Representative who will fight for us and against the special interests who try to control our State. I enthusiastically support Dan Farley to fight the status quo in Illinois.”
Quigley disavowed the quote.
Meanwhile, Farley today also moved to squash another misattribution on his campaign materials that was poised to wreak havoc with his credibility. On both the campaign Web site and on a printed brochure, the Farley campaign claimed that he had been the Chairman of the IVI-IPO Tax Rollback Committee.
According to a source at the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization, no such committee or chairmanship had ever existed or had been empanelled. Oops.
Farley ascribes the error to a campaign intern assembling candidate biographical information.
In an e-mail, Farley, a former Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney, wrote:
“In addition, regarding the IVI-IPO issue regarding some tax committee, that was a mistake made by an intern that was working on my web page when I was getting started. I am a member and/or chairman of numerous groups, and the wrong language was attached next to member of IVI-IPO.”
Farley dodged a bullet.
By proactively addressing the IVI-IPO tax committee chairmanship hoo-ha now, Farley heads off a potential shoot-out tonight as he enters an IVI-IPO endorsement re-vote along with Williams and a third candidate, Ed Mullen, in the race to succeed State Rep. John Fritchey for the state House seat on Chicago’s north side.
The IVI-IPO state board of directors last week rejected the local IVI endorsement of Farley after determining some of the voters were ineligible and, thus, a quorum not present.
Farley is expected, however, to win tonight the IVI endorsement on a second try, provided a quorum of eligible voters are present, according to sources.
Farley, who has rounded up some big endorsements including Personal PAC, Planned Parenthood, Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago), State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), and Alderman Tom Tunney (D-44), needs to get a stronger grip on his campaign because his credibility with allies and voters is on the line.
The buses only run over so often.