Harish I Patel in the 40th State Representative race.
I have no trouble deciding who I’m supporting in certain elections. Especially local ones.
I don’t pick someone because they got me a garbage can or got a pothole filled. I figure that’s what I’m supposed to get. Besides, the whole concept of Chicago patronage and favors for votes pisses me off.
I understand that some others, even friends of mine, may lose their way. Or just disagree.
I don’t vote Machine.
Not the Daley Machine. Not the Rahm Machine. And particularly not the Mell Machine. I have battled the Mell Machine here on the north west side for 45 years and I’m not quitting now.
So when I got a letter from my alderman telling me to support the current 40th District State Representative Jaime Andrade, who has been a Mell Machine guy for 17 years, the guy who was appointed to the job when Dick Mell’s daughter moved to take his aldermanic seat, I ignored it
Except that the letter claimed that my 39th District State Representative, Will Guzzardi, also endorsed Andrade.
I was disappointed. But it didn’t change anything. Actually, endorsements rarely do. I don’t vote Machine.
A few minutes ago I received this:
STATEMENT: Rep. Will Guzzardi issues correction on 40th District state rep race
I’m glad. I worked and voted for Guzzardi because I believe him to be a genuine progressive.
But it wouldn’t have mattered. I support the progressive candidate in this race, Harish I Patel.
If endorsements matter to you, I endorse Harish.