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Proviso Probe

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A07, Davis' employee filed to run against Carothers, but.... [7th CD]

Tumia (pronounced TEA-am-a) Romero, a member of Congressman Danny Davis' staff, filed to run for alderman against Ald. Isaac "Ike" Carothers.

Romero filed on the last day. Her candidacy has been challenged by Anita Hayes. (The rumor I heard is that Romero's candidacy is being challenged based on failure to file a statement of economic interests. This is the same defect that caused Forest Park Clerk Vanessa Moritz to remove two candidates from the ballot.) The hearing is scheduled for 2:30 PM today.

Romero was a big supporter of LaShawn Ford's campaign to unseat Calvin Giles as the State Representative in the Democratic Primary. Nominally, Davis endorsed the incumbent Giles, but he didn't restrain Romero from supporting Ford.

I have some questions:

* Doesn't Congressman Davis--and his staff--have plenty of work to do on behalf of the whole district?
* Does Davis think Romero has a chance of beating Carothers? If not, what's the goal of this campaign?
* Wouldn't LaShawn Ford want to get along with Carothers? Whether one likes Carothers or not, he's a talented individual. He organizes a large number of patronage employees. What's the benefit of antagonizing him?
* And if the Davis organization is going to run someone against Carothers, what's the message if the candidate neglects to file a state of economic interest? "Hi, we're here from the Danny Davis organization and we're pretty much incompetent"?


  • Good questions.

    I'd like to ask Ike these questions, and Davis for that matter.

    AlderTrack expects to post the results of today's hearings before 6pm tonight.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:06 PM, January 03, 2007  

  • refer to the post above as "Good questions".

    In the future use a pseudonym.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 5:07 PM, January 03, 2007  

  • Ms. Romero has the support of Congressmen Davis, Congressman Jackson, and the labor unions. It would be totally embarrasing is she gets knock off the ballot for such a preventable mistake.

    I don't get it. You mean to tell me that no one in her group or anyone from Davis' office check to see if she followed the basic filing criteria. It's mind boggling! I've heard that she's a know it all type. Maybe this will bring some much needed humility.

    By Anonymous Unfortunate mistake, at 8:29 PM, January 03, 2007  

  • I was at a Democracy for America meeting in Oak Park.

    Usually I find myself in the minority complaining that the national Democratic Party should be more forceful, especially in opposing the Iraq War.

    The general sense of the DFA meeting was critical of Congressman Danny Davis.

    1. He is basically passive in his opposition to the Iraq War. Instead of advocating to end the war in the Dem caucus he seems to be leaving the debate to others.
    2. He spends too much energy on state and local politics.

    There were also people who wanted him to take on more issues or make more ambitious proposals on his signature issues now that Dems are in the majority.

    A number of people who are more Yellow Dog Dems than me were criticizing Davis and I was defending him.

    I think there's a growing sense the Davis should retire or be replaced. I don't think he'll lose in 2008, but he's going to have it rougher in 2008. And it will be rougher in 2010.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:31 AM, January 04, 2007  

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