April 1, 2005

O'Brien-Welvaert battle staying firmly in the ditch as election day nears

A story in the Dispatch/Argus continues the latest saga in the O'Brien/Welvaert showdown. It goes into further detail over the filing of a complaint with the Illinois State Board of Elections by Richard Brunk against Don Welvaert and his front group of multi-millionaire GOP backers, the "Committee for Better City Government", headed by Hunt Harris.

Boy, with all that dough, you'd think they could have come up with a better name than that. Hope they didn't pay for it, but you know they did. It's only a further indication that they're following the national GOP astroturf guidebook by purposely giving their little clique as bland and non-descript a name possible. The better to hide their true agenda, my dear.

At any rate, the complaint alledges that two decidedly negative mailings recently seent out by the billionaire boys club were not filed with the Board of Elections as in-kind donations within the prescribed deadline. Welvaert maintains that they were. He is saying that he didn't become aware of the ads until Friday, and then began to gather the information needed to file. He says that since Hunt Harris is currently out of town on vacation (south of France? Sun Valley?) he couldn't get the info until Wednesday.
(no word on if his dog ate the paperwork)

O'Brien, for his part, decides to give back a little love and comes out swinging, "It's bad enough that Don Welvaert chooses to hide behind the skirts of the Committee for Better Government and has this political action committee making desperate and inaccurate attacks. What's even worse is that Ald. Welvaert doesn't even have the decency to follow the law and publicly disclose the thousands of dollars this front group spent to spread these lies and assist his campaign."

Wonder how he really feels?

A source at the Board of Elections says that the hearing process is so slow that any decision on the matter will not likely be made prior to the election.

I can't give you the link to this story because for the past few days, I've been unable to log on to Quad Cities Online, the Dispatch/Argus site, before late afternoon, at which time I can log in without problem. Peculiar, huh?

But why would anyone want to read the news in the morning anyway, right? Sheesh.


At 4/01/2005 8:42 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

It's sad to see this race spiral downward. At a time when their is so much to do in Moline, it seems like all the candidates can do is call each other names! Too bad, so sad!

At 4/01/2005 1:22 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I notice that once a negative piece broke, it escalated amazingly quickly. I suppose this holds true for almost all campaigns, but this one went from zero to 60 in about a half second flat.
Once the negative genie is out of the bottle, you can kiss any substantive campaign goodbye.

I suppose we can be thankful that the election is coming up so soon. I shudder to think how far this would go if it were say, a couple weeks away.


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