(Chicago, IL) — January 2010. Election fence sitters are jumping off their perches.
In Chicago, Alderman Scott Waguespack (D-32nd) has abandoned his neutrality in the Illinois state house race to succeed John Fritchey on Chicago’s north side to back attorney Ed Mullen, according to a source.
Waguespack’s campaign workers dropped Mullen’s campaign literature door-to-door on Sunday and added the first-time candidate to the Alderman’s election day “palm cards”, the source says.
Mullen, who is facing former Illinois assistant attorney general Ann Williams and former Cook County assistant state’s attorney Dan Farley, essentially, confirmed the source’s claim.
“Scott Waguespack is a true independent and reformer, and I am honored to have his support,” said Mullen.
Waguespack will likely catch some heat from his aldermanic colleague Alderman Eugene Schulter (D-47th) who has lobbied the first-term alderman heavily to support Farley.
But Mullen choice makes sense.
Waguespack won his seat–barely–in 2007 campaigning against incumbent Ted Matlak as an independent reformer and winning by only 121 votes. Backing Farley, son of former State Senator Bruce Farley (D-Chicago) would have dinged his independent credentials in the eyes of his backers.
And Mullen might be a winner.
He has worn and ruined shoes walking the precincts of the yuppie and blue collar district for six-months, knocking on approximately 10,000 doors of voters. The value? Face time with voters at their front door: priceless.
However, veteran political strategist and long-time advisor to Mayor Richard Daley, Phil Krone, thinks Waguespack goofed.
Wagspak (phontetic spelling) made a foolish move. With one act he has offended Fritchey, Madigan and Schulter. Not smart.
I thought Wagspak was extremely intelligent. However, he lacks common sense. He may be independent, but his miniscule margin of victory over Matlak (121 votes) was the result of Fritchey’s support; so he is as we would say both an ingrate and a dirty doublecrosser. He’s probably aggravated that Fritchey endorsed Preckwinkle (after he did).
We’ll see tomorrow if Waguespack jumped on the right horse from his fence.