Here we go again
03/21/2012 10:00 PM
Well look at what we have here: An Illinois politician charged with a federal crime. This is sadly (perhaps horrifyingly) not a shock.
But what is shocking is that Derrick Smith was re-elected. And not just re-elected, but re-elected by a huge margin.
Our question to the 5th District’s voters: What the hell is wrong with you?
Even if Jesse White and the rest of Chicago’s Democratic Committeemen end up putting someone else up for the seat — someone who might even possibly deserve it, and not be a crook — there is no excuse for this.
Tom Swiss didn’t run the cleanest campaign. A white man putting up billboards on the West Side that only have a black construction worker’s face on them is dishonest, and his party switch may have cast a doubt on his true intent.
But regardless of that, he had a lot of experience helping people in the community. Working in soup kitchens. Generally acting like he cared.
Yes, we endorsed Smith originally. We didn’t know he would (allegedly) accept a bribe mere days later. But you, as voters, should have known. It was top news on every outlet in town, from newspapers and radio to TV.
So, we’re left here in this awful situation, simply hoping that Smith steps down so we can get a state rep who’s not under a cloud. Once again, our Democratic party overlords will pick the candidate they think deserves the seat, not the voters of the city of Chicago.
It’ll be a horse race, and none of you will have any say. Unless, of course, someone reading this is a committeeman — in which case we plead with you: Don’t pick a dirtbag.