(Chicago, IL) — December 31, 2009. “Sometimes the results are wackadoodle.”
That’s the reaction of Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) state board member Suzanne Elder to the local IVI-IPO chapter endorsement re-vote of Democratic state representative candidate Dan Farley who is seeking the House seat on Chicago’s north side being vacated by John Fritchey.
Farley faced attorneys Ed Mullen and Ann Williams in the endorsement re-vote, winning 17-3-0 respectively.
Farley, a former Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney, ensnarled himself in controversy over his campaign’s claim on a direct mail brochure that he had chaired the “IVI-IPO Tax Rollback Committee”.
No such committee ever existed.
Internally, the IVI-IPO state board collectively wrang its hands and huffed and puffed but neither sanctioned nor censured Farley, an IVI-IPO member since January 2009.
According to Elder, the group’s by-laws deny the board of directors the authority to sanction its members for transgressions. Additionally, the board declined even a paper-tiger roar of issuing a written statement reprimanding Farley. It said nothing. A toothless, tongueless-tiger.
However, Elder, who is the Near North Chapter Chair, personally expressed shock that Farley acknowledged at the endorsement re-vote that tax committee “did not exist”.
“It was a jaw-dropping moment,” said Elder.
But it must have been Farley’s lower-molars that must have strained themselves at the absence of any sort of penalty by IVI-IPO.
Beyond the phantom IVI-IPO tax committee credential, what really seemed to grind Elder’s gears is that Farley got the IVI endorsement while being a capital punishment proponent, a public policy position completely at odds with the general IVI-IPO membership.
“There is no way in hell that Dan Farley would have been endorsed by the full IVI membership,” said Elder.
But expect no official comment or remonstrance from the IVI-IPO board on this point either.
For Farley, his response to Elder’s angst is upbeat:
“I’m honored to have their endorsement and look forward to discussing issues that impact all the resident’s of the 11th District like government reform, reigning in property taxes, quality schools and safe neighborhoods. And it is those issues that I intend on focusing upon moving forward.”
And why shouldn’t Farley be upbeat?
He has a mail piece circulating around the district with an impressive sounding IVI-IPO credential accredited to him with no official IVI-IPO contradiction; his pro-capital punishment position is intact with no official IVI-IPO expression of displeasure; he has the official imprimatur of IVI-IPO’s venerable history, and he’ll soon have his IVI-IPO endorsement trumpeted by an IVI-IPO mailing to voters.
If you’re doubled over in laughter, you would be upbeat, too.
Elder was right –“sometimes the results are wackadoodle”.
But so is the group that produces them.