Democratic Party Machine attack ad on Harish I Patel (left) reminds me of the one they used on progressive State Representative Will Guzzardi.
Congratulations to Bernie for taking Hillary Clinton to a virtual tie last night in the Iowa Democratic primary.
Taking the high road in campaigning and spelling out a progressive alternative to the center-right, Wall Street-friendly policies of Clinton got a receptive ear in the state just to my left.
In the home of the Chicago Democratic Machine things are turning nasty.
Mailers have gone out to voters in the 40th state House district claiming Harish I Patel, a friend of mine and young progressive political activist running for political office for the first time, is actually a Rauner plant. “The secret is out,” says the mailer.
The mailer is the work of what is left of old Dick Mell’s Democratic Party Machine. Their candidate is incumbent Jaime Andrade, a Mell aide for 17 years who was appointed to the House seat when Dick retired. Dick gave his daughter, the former state rep, his aldermanic seat and got Andrade appointed to the House seat.
Now that we have created a progressive electoral movement here in the city, all kinds of politicians, with their fingers in the wind, have become born again progressives.
Christian Mitchell, on the south side, takes tens of thousands of dollars from Stand for Children. But he’s running as a progressive against the challenge by the genuine progressive campaign of Jay Travis.
So it is with Andrade.
But, claiming my friend Harish is a secret mole for Governor Rauner is pretty low, dirty stuff.
Chicago politics is a blood sport. The Machine is as good at it as it gets.