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Elections 2010, IL 11th Stat House

Illinois 2010 Elections: State Rep Candidate Dan Farley Attributes False Quote to Mike Quigley Jabbing Opponent Ann Williams

Dan Farley (right), County Commissioner Forrest Claypool (center), and Ald. Eugene Shulter (left)

(Chicago, IL) — December 22, 2009. It’s a fib.

Democratic state representative candidate Dan Farley yesterday issued a press releasing heralding his endorsement from U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) in his race to succeed State Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago).

The Farley press release included this quote from Quigley:

Dan Farley is not a special interest lobbyist.  We need a State Representative who will fight for us and against the special interests who try to control our State. I enthusiastically support Dan Farley to fight the status quo in Illinois.”

The quote takes a not so-subtle swipe at Farley opponent Ann Williams, a former pharmaceutical company lobbyist of Wyeth, which produces, among other things, chapstick.

Funny thing, however, happened on the way to the printer: Quigley never approved the quote. Farley made it up.

Rich Miller at The Capitol Fax reported today that a Quigley spokesperson yesterday said:

“While the Congressman is supporting Mr. Farley, he would not slight another candidate in doing so. Unfortunately, the Farley campaign released an inaccurate statement, and I believe they are issuing a correction shortly.”

For a campaign backed by political professionals, this is amateur hour at its best.

By the way, we are still waiting for the Farley campaign statement correction.

About David Ormsby

David, a public relations consultant and blogger at The Huffington Post, is an ex-Press Secretary of the Illinois Democratic Party.


5 Responses to “Illinois 2010 Elections: State Rep Candidate Dan Farley Attributes False Quote to Mike Quigley Jabbing Opponent Ann Williams”

  1. What? Still no retraction from the Farley campaign? My nails are bitten to the quick from all the anticipatin’. Still, in Dan’s defense, it must be hard to draft a press release when you’re busy plastering your campaign signs on every abandoned building and graffiti-splattered wall in the District. If that’s his idea of urban renewal, he should’ve gone with a different color scheme…something more cheerful.

    Posted by Mom Squad | December 22, 2009, 7:01 PM
  2. Mom Squad,

    Now, now. It’s nearly Christmas.

    Thank you for reading.

    David Ormsby

    Posted by David Ormsby | December 22, 2009, 11:29 PM
  3. Mom Squad, with all due respect, please keep in mind that Congressman Quigley supports Dan and not another candidate. He didn’t retract his endorsement of Dan. In campaigns messages get crossed and inadvertent misunderstandings happen, but that still doesn’t negate the Congressman’s endorsement.

    Posted by sylvie | December 23, 2009, 8:32 AM
  4. Mom Squad, I think we’ll have quite a wait. Machine candidates don’t like to apologize. I would have thought that they learned their lessons from Fritchey’s congressional campaign. Those huge signs plastered everywhere didn’t seem to help him get elected. Do you think he’s trying to be the Green candidate by covering up all the graffiti with his signs?

    Posted by Marketing Dude | December 23, 2009, 1:21 PM
  5. Inadvertent misunderstandings, Sylvie? Is that what the Machine is calling intentional deceptions these days? I sure hope Santy brings me the Guide to Machine Euphemisms I asked for. You guys are hard to keep up with!

    Posted by Mom Squad | December 24, 2009, 3:23 PM

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