Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) is a corporate education reform group that is working hand in glove with Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political action committee, Chicago Forward.
Chicago Forward raised $3 million to spend on preventing progressive challenges to incumbent aldermen.
In many of these wards this effort has fallen flat.
In some cases I hear reports that Chicago Forward has withdrawn its efforts entirely.
In retreat they are focused on defeating the incumbent members of the Progressive Caucus of seven alderman
One of these members of the Progressive Caucus is 45th Ward Alderman John Arena.
The slime attacks are lies.
They remind me of the mailings that the Democratic Machine sent out in their attempt to defeat the progressive Democrat from my State House District, Will Guzzardi.
Will Guzzardi won the primary and defeated the daughter of Cook County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios.
The Machine mailings showed the figure of a dark-skinned man with his hand on the shoulders of a little white girl and claimed Guzzardi defended the rights of child molesters.
The Machine’s slimy appeal to racism failed.
The Rahm/DFER mailings attack Arena for voting against public education.
Shameless coming from this pack of charter vultures. Shameless when John Arena stood against school closing and against Rahm’s sutting down mental health clinics throughout the city
Rahm must be defeated and the Progressive Caucus, including Alderman Arena, must be returned to the Council Chamber so that they can be joined by the other Progressive challengers.
Here are some examples of the Rahm/DFER slime.