LEGAL INSURRECTION: Political operatives went door to door to revoke signatures he needed to get on the ballot . . . Chicago style.
A student at DePaul University decided to run for political office this year. He set his sights on an alderman seat in Chicago which hasn’t been challenged since 1991.
He soon learned that the Chicago machine wasn’t going to give up its power easily, even if that meant resorting to fraud.
John Kass reports at the Chicago Tribune:
A college kid running for 13th Ward alderman gets a lesson in the Chicago Way
It’s overkill of epic proportions, like using a sledgehammer to kill a gnat, or firing off a nuclear weapon to kill a sparrow. A Southwest Side David vs. Goliath story.
The David is David Krupa, 19, a freshman at DePaul University who drives a forklift part time. He’s not a political powerhouse. He’s just a conservative Southwest Side teenager studying political science and economics who got it in his head to run for alderman in a race that pits him against the most powerful ward organization in Chicago.
The Goliath is the 13th Ward Democratic Organization run by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, aka Boss Madigan, the most powerful politician in the state. Boss Madigan has long hand-picked his aldermen. He likes them loyal and quiet. The current silent alderman of the 13th Ward is Marty Quinn.
Krupa did what he was supposed to do to get on the ballot. Then the machine undid it all: MORE