(Chicago, IL) — December 30, 2009. Democratic state representative candidate Dan Farley, who is seeking the House seat on Chicago’s north side being vacated by Democrat John Fritchey, yesterday swept an IVI-IPO endorsement re-vote.
Farley, a former Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney, captured 17 votes from the local IVI-IPO voters to 3 votes for opponent Ed Mullen and 0 for Ann Williams.
“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the IVI-IPO and [I am] committed to promoting a progressive social agenda, coupled with fiscal responsibility and honest, ethical government,” said Farley.
The Independent Voters of Illinois–Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) state board of directors last week rescheduled the re-vote for last night because the board had rejected the earlier local district endorsement of Farley, determining some of the voters were ineligible.
According to a source, there was grumbling among some IVI-IPO state board members and other observers that the 47th Ward Democratic Organization, led by Committeeman and 47th Ward Alderman Eugene Schulter–who supports Farley, “stacked the deck” of the local IVI-IPO voters and the endorsement process, stiffing any non-Schulter allies.
Indeed, among the IVI-IPO voters were Schulter himself; Shulter’s wife, Rosemary; Farley, Farley’s father, former State Senator Bruce Farley (D-Chicago); Farley’s mother, Karen; and Farley’s wife, Darianne–which represented 35% of Farley’s endorsement vote. .
Schulter’s IVI friends and family program for Farley–who were all qualified IVI-IPO voters–Dan Farley and his wife have been IVI-IPO members since January 2009–they helped put Dan Farley over the top.
Still, the 47th Ward Democratic Party scarcely dominated IVI endorsement process, heck, it was more like a dinner party that did.
But before a single reformer squawks or squeaks or squalls about the “Machine” and its conquest of reform, keep in mind that Schulter, Farley and the rest played by IVI-IPO’s own voter recruitment rules. Period.
If Schulter had the organizational presence of mind and foresight to recruit and organize IVI-IPO voters early, well, bully for him. Remember “Precinct Organization” is part IVI-IPO’s name. And who better than a Ward Committeeman to organize voters in precincts? Don’t like the result? Change the rules.
Meanwhile, if IVI-IPO reformer types want reform candidates to win endorsements and elections over Democratic Ward Committeemen and its backed candidates, they will have to work like Democratic Ward Committeemen to do it, starting with recruiting reform voters in precincts–early.
Now on to weightier issues on the minds of newly unemployed voters–like the size of campaign posters.