Really? Smith, again?

11/07/2012 10:00 PM

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We don’t know how many more ways we could have possibly editorialized against Derrick Smith.

The people of Illinois’ State Representative 10th District have spoken, loud and clear: They are OK with electing someone who’s been accused of taking a bribe on the job. Someone who allegedly took $7,000 to push someone he didn’t know ahead of the pack. An organization that didn’t even exist.

There are simply no more words we can spill about Smith. He refuses to even stand up and say he didn’t take the bribe.

The Illinois House took care of him. We hoped that voters would finish him off. That was apparently not the case.

Illinois’ 10th District Democrats, twice in a row now — both in the primary and now, in the general election — have chosen a crook.

As we said in February, after the first time: What the hell is wrong with you?

Why would you do such a thing? Are you such a blind sheep that you vote for anything that starts with the letter “D?”

The primary election was a curious case. In that race, you had a white former Republican who was running as a Democrat, and slapping his name under a black construction worker’s face on billboards. That candidate, Tom Swiss, referred to the 10th District’s voters as “low information voters.”

Well, it turns out he was right. But it ended up working in Derrick Smith’s favor, in the end.

Secretary of State Jesse White, speaking alongside Smith’s opponent Lance Tyson on Tuesday night, gave voters a preview of what they’re in for now: A district getting no money from the State of Illinois, due to a state rep whose colleagues won’t talk to him.

“If they think that you have anything wrong with you, they’ll treat you like a bad penny,” White said. “After [Smith] was arrested, he came back to the district with zero.”

Good luck with that.

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By Anonymous
Posted: 11/10/2012 5:24 PM

Chicago Journal: While you did the right thing in retracting your endorsement of Smith and subsequently urging your readers to not vote for him, the fact remains that you should NEVER have endorsed him in the first place! His firing as a sanitation supervisor for improper activities should have disqualified him from ANY public office, yet you ignored that! His being picked by Chicago committeemen (slating is an inherently corrupt process) should also have disqualified him. You guys can do better

By Mike from Loop
Posted: 11/10/2012 1:20 PM

"What the hell is wrong with you?" You sanction a one party state. This is always fundamentally corrupt. Look elsewhere; New York needs its Liberal Party. Don't think that Chicago cannot become similar to Detriot, where four decades of awful government was the most important fact causing most of the population leave.

By Chicago Journal from
Posted: 11/09/2012 6:22 PM

@TS: Yes, that\'s true, but we retracted the endorsement after he was arrested. That\'s key information that was not available at the time of endorsement, and our main reason that voting for him is so incredibly reprehensible.

By TS from South loop
Posted: 11/09/2012 5:52 PM

So I would like to remind this publication that you initially endorsed this candidate. I think that the righteous indignation you display is a bit over the top in light of this information.

By DD from Near South
Posted: 11/08/2012 10:04 PM

Why not mention of Jesse "Poverty Pimp" Jackson Jr.? This is the culture of the Dem party and black voters - keep voting D and vote black and wonder why there are no jobs or hope? They might get a few free handouts, but DEM leaders and guys like Jackson, Sharpton, etc. need to keep blacks stuck in the urban plantation for their own self-preservation. It is racist of IL DEM leaders to keep other potential smarter, less corrupt AA or white politicians that could make a difference.