Sunday, October 14, 2007

Mark Pera, IL-3rd and the GOP

Today's ST,
Mark Pera stopped in Chicago's Mount Greenwood recently to mingle with the community.

As a candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, Pera wanted to introduce himself to voters. He was warned about the potential for an unfriendly reception. Pera is a pro-choice Democrat from Western Springs. Mount Greenwood represents the heart of a heavily working-class Catholic - and by extension, pro-life - voting base. U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, a pro-life Democrat, serves the area in Congress.

But Pera said he was surprised at the level of enthusiasm for his candidacy and the cynicism that still exists over the way in which Lipinski was placed on the ballot. Lipinski's father, former U.S. Rep. William Lipinski, retired from Congress in August 2004 when it was too late for an outsider to get on the November ballot.

The elder Lipinski personally called upon the committeemen in the district to appoint his son as his replacement. Not only that, William Lipinski had arranged for a Republican challenger to fill the opposing slot - a challenger who had no intention on campaigning or winning the election.
When the wealthy are flocking to the Democrats, doesn't it make sense for the IL GOP to quit making deals with Democrats and start seriously campaigning among people sympathetic to their principles?


Anonymous said...

It might if they had any principles besides money...

Anonymous said...

Jerome Pohlen, currently a Trustee for the Berwyn Public Library, is seeking the Green Party's nomination for this office and has been collecting signatures on a petition in order to get onto the ballot.