The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Amazing Politics of Chicago

The story of Cook County President-Elect Todd Stroger deserves more time than I'm going to give it. Maybe tonight I'll write a post on the whole, sorry affair, but in the meantime:

The returns trickled in after a wild night during which a defiant Peraica called into question the integrity of the vote and led a march with supporters from their campaign hotel on North Michigan Avenue to the county administration building in the Loop, where votes were being tallied.

Earlier, Peraica blasted delays in vote counting and vowed to go to court later today to make sure "votes are protected."

Tempers had flared overnight and one person was arrested at the city and county election headquarters after supporters of Peraica and Stroger converged on the building long after polls had closed.


Moving on a bit:

Around 1 a.m., the first Peraica supporters began filing out of taxis in front of the county building after leaving the candidate's election night headquarters at the Inter-Continental on Michigan Avenue. Soon after Peraica arrived at the building on foot, at least two dozen people simultaneously tried to enter through a revolving door, some of them becoming trapped.

Security guards blocked the door shut, locking people out, but opened it moments later as people swarmed into the lobby. At the same time, Chicago police moved into the building to reinforce the security guards.

Security wouldn't allow Peraica access to the Board of Elections offices on the fifth floor where Stroger's campaign team was already speaking with election officials.

About 20 minutes after security held Peraica supporters at bay, the candidate was allowed up to the fifth floor while Stroger supporters squared off with some of his backers on the sidewalk outside.


Good times. We'll have a little more later. The entire story is a bit like the Kevin Kline movie "Dave" and a bit like "Weekend at Bernie's."

5 Comments:

  • people stuck in a revolving door is funny under any circumstances

    By Blogger ahren, at 3:19 PM  

  • No wonder why Gov. Jim Milhous Doyleone and his cronies were down there learning how to execute machine style corruption.

    These guys are the pros.

    By Blogger Peter, at 12:40 PM  

  • Did you know that when you are approaching a revolving door with a lady, proper etiquette is to go first, rather than second as you normally would?

    By Blogger JesusIsJustAlrightWithMe, at 1:35 PM  

  • you mean, you don't make the lady walk 10 yards behind you at all times?

    By Blogger ahren, at 4:25 PM  

  • Ten yards would be too far. The woman is supposed to get into the next section. The theory is that women aren't strong enough to get the door moving by themselves.

    By Blogger JesusIsJustAlrightWithMe, at 6:30 PM  

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