Go vote (against Derrick Smith)
10/31/2012 10:00 PM
By the time the next issue of Chicago Journal comes out, the 2012 election will be on the books.
Thatís a bit strange to think about, given the way itís seemingly dominated the national and local conversations for more than a year now.
Letís be honest ó your vote for president doesnít really matter. Barack Obama has Illinois locked up like Guantanamo Bay. The election will be decided in some other state, whether it be Ohio, Florida or Virginia.
But your vote still very much matters in Chicago, especially if youíre in the 10th District of the Illinois House.
Hereís something that should scare you more than an awful Halloween slasher: Derrick Smith is STILL LEADING THE RACE.
Yes, this is the same Derrick Smith that was arrested for allegedly accepting a $7,000 bribe. The same Derrick Smith that was expelled from the Illinois House. The same Derrick Smith that, every time he is directly asked, simply wonít answer the question ó even when heís not under oath! ó ďdid you take the money.Ē
Derrick Smith is still leading in the polls against his third-party opponent, Lance Tyson. This is according to Tysonís own polling data, according to an Associated Press story from this week, where heís only getting 38 percent. A poll done by Rich Millerís Capitol Fax in mid-September was far more dire, with Tyson only polling at 9 percent.
Hereís the thing: If knuckleheaded voters put Smith back into office, the Illinois House canít expel him again for the same reason. That means weíre stuck with an accused crook, at least until heís officially convicted and jailed. Thatís unacceptable.
So if you live anywhere near the Near West Side, get out on Election Day. Or better yet, vote early. Take a few friends to the polls. And shout it from the top of the mountain:
Anyone but Derrick Smith.