Nineteen-year-old DePaul university student David Krupa, a conservative teenager decided that he would run for alderman in Chicago.
He was told that he had to gather 473 valid signatures from registered voters in the area he was running for. He managed to get 1,703 signatures and he was ready to try his luck against a Democratic opponent. He never got the chance. Democratic political workers went door to door, getting people to sign affidavits, revoking their signatures on his petitions.
This may not have been on the up and up, though. You see, Krupa got 1,703 signatures, but somehow, the Democrats got over 2,700 revocations. His name was not on the ballot.
“They’re pretty rare, and no one can remember anything approaching this volume of filings in past cases,” election board spokesman Jim Allen told Kass. “For the board, the next step is to begin the hearings on all of the objections that have been filed against any candidates’ nominating petitions. We can’t speculate, though, on the legitimacy or any other legal questions about any of the objections or the corresponding petitions.”
Allen may not be able to, but I will gladly speculate on the “legitimacy” of these revocations. There are more revocations than there were signatures. That’s fraud.
It’s garbage like this that proves why voter registration is so important. There are agents out there that are willing to do whatever it takes to gain or consolidate power. That is despicable and not okay.
Krupa is charging fraud, but this Chicago, where they take fraud for granted, so don’t expect him to receive justice.
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.
“I’m from Clearing,” Krupa told me. “All I want to do is get on the ballot to address the serious issues we have, from public safety to taxes. People don’t want to say things out loud here. People who’ve challenged the 13th Ward get intimidated. You know the neighborhood.”