Veteran election lawyer, Bert Odleson, has filed a formal residency challenge against Rahm Emanuel’s campaign for mayor of Chicago.
There are cries of foul from various quarters, including the thoroughly detestable Jan Schakowsky, who referred to the challenge as a frivolous legal tactic. These complaints demonstrate nothing more than deep hypocrisy.
People file challenges to elections all the time. It is part of the game. Rahm, Obama, and other public figures have used the same tactics and “frivolous legal tricks” to drop contenders from the ballot.
All one has to do is look what was done to Scott Lee Cohen- who actually was on the ballot and won a primary- legally and constitutionally. Over two hundred thousand voters had their votes nullified by the dark political shenanigans of corrupt Democrats Pat Quinn, Dick Durbin, and Mike Madigan. Unlike people who sign a petition, the voters were entitled to have Mr. Cohen on the ballot, regardless of his sordid personal and business affairs. Funny, Schakowsky was silent about Cohen and his rights to be on the ballot. That is the way these despicable hypocrites act.
Rahm Emanuel’s residency has been an issue for months, since he considered a run for mayor. The challenge and defense will be based on interpretation of the law. This is how it should be. Laws are subject to interpretation and legal opinions will be rendered. There may even be a positive here. Residency could legally be defined more clearly.
This is how it should be. All the publicity being generated, the anger at the challengers being fomented, and the ridiculous whining by people who should know better are nothing but hot air.
The law allows for challenges. Challenges are made. This is the system. Rahm knows this, the media knows this. Jan Schakowsky should know this. They are all players in the game. Running for public office is a right and privilege. As with all rights and privileges, there is an inherent responsibility- in this case to abide by the law, to tolerate and defend any and all legal challenges the law provides.
If Rahm stays on the ballot or is thrown off, so be it. There can be no tears, wailing, or gnashing of teeth. He is no better than anyone else under the law.
He just thinks he is.