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Proviso Probe

Monday, November 16, 2009

Stroger's whereabouts unknown to campaign manager during candidate forum

Yesterday, a coalition of Democratic groups hosted a forum for the Democratic candidates for President of the Cook County Board at DePaul University.

Todd Stroger failed to attend.

Sun-Times (Lisa Donovan):
Stroger's campaign manager, Vincent Williams, reached by phone after Sunday's political forum, didn't know why he missed the event: "I haven't spoken to the president today, so I don't have an answer."

Missing a major candidate forum without an explanation is not normal. Having the campaign manager clueless makes it hard for normal people to have confidence in the candidate's competence.

ABC7 is on the case.
After initially saying he was not actually confirmed to attend the debate, Stroger's campaign said Monday they knew of the debate, and pulled out after a Sun-Times report appeared in the paper Sunday alleging a conspiracy in the board race.

In the article Stroger attacks Dorothy Brown. I'm not really sure why Brown getting busted doing something underhanded (according to Sun-Times (Tim Novak) Brown's nominating petitions were in some cases circulated by the same people who circulated Terry O'Brien's) would keep Stroger from appearing.

Why do you think Stroger failed to attend?

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  • Seemed pretty spectacularly stupid. Suddenly the debate became a big story instead of something only political geeks care about. I don't think the 43rd Ward is friendly territory for Stroger, but if he didn't want to come, why didn't he say "No, thank you, I can't make it, I have a prior engagement?" Why go out of your way to annoy the Democratic Committeewoman hosting the event?

    And why didn't his campaign manager know where he was? Shouldn't he have been making sure his candidate showed up at a campaign event? That's just odd.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:14 PM, November 16, 2009  

  • Why didn't Gov. Mark Sanford's staff know where he was when they said he was "hiking the Appalachian Trail"?

    B/c he was doing something he wasn't supposed to be doing.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 12:16 PM, November 16, 2009  

  • Yes, but Sanford wasn't "hiking" when he was supposed to be at a campaign event. The campaign manager's job is keep track of the candidate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:58 PM, November 16, 2009  

  • He was probably in Disneyland.

    By Anonymous Donald Duck, at 6:08 PM, November 16, 2009  

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