Thursday, April 8, 2010

Rev. Isaac Hayes Kicked Out of Event by Mayor of University Park

APRIL 8, 2010 - Isaac Hayes, the Republican candidate for Congress in the 2nd District of Illinois, was rudely ejected yesterday by Mayor Alvin McCowan of the Village of University Park, Illinois, without explanation, from a private networking event for politicians and candidates at the University Golf Club, 23520 Crawford Avenue, University Park, IL 60484-3614. Hayes was invited to the event and not crashing the party. Mayor McCowan is a Democrat who, apparently, does not believe in fair and equal access to public facilities, even for invited guests.

Chicago News Bench spoke with Rev. Hayes at 7:45 this evening. He said that he and some of his campaign staff were at the event for about an hour before they were suddenly asked to leave by the mayor. Hayes was not aware of the problem immediately, but saw a problem developing across the room.

Hayes told CNB, "My staff was in a heated discussion with McCowan, so I went over to join them and ask what was going on. He was very disrespectful to me."  Hayes also noted that McCowan is a major contributor to Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. It's no coincidence that Hayes is running against Jackson.

Warner T. Huston also notes McCowan's relationship to Jackson. McCowan is "a heavy contributor to 2nd District Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D, Chicago)," writes Huston, and "was incensed that Reverend Isaac Hayes attended a networking-styled event in 'his' town recently and threw a childish hissy fit while demanding that candidate Hayes be thrown out of the venue. Hayes is the Republican facing Congressman Jackson in the upcoming 2010 elections."

"Isn't this a public facility?" Hayes asked McCowan. "The government owns it," McCowan said to him. "I got the feeling that he meant that he could call the shots because he is the mayor," Hayes said. The following press release from the Hayes campaign goes into greater detail.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 8, 2010 - CHICAGO: The following statement was released today by Citizens for Isaac Hayes, campaign committee for Illinois 2nd Congressional District Republican nominee Isaac Hayes, after being kicked out of a private event by University Park Mayor Alvin McCowan.

On April 7, 2010, Republican nominee Isaac Hayes and staff attended a networking event at the University Golf Club in University Park, IL, at the invitation of the event sponsor, Ms. Jennifer Day of ‘Daylight Media’. Mr. Hayes agreed to sponsor a table at the event based upon the invitation which specifically included “Politicians & Elected Officials.” Additionally, Mr. Hayes’ name was listed with other political candidates slated to attend, though listing the wrong office sought: “Political Candidates – William Dock Walls, Running for Governor, Isaac Hayes, Running for Senator, Rainbow Push Executive Staff, South Suburban Mayors, Aides & Staff…”

After Hayes spent approximately one hour interacting with other attendees, the Village Manager David Sevier approached Hayes’ Campaign Coordinator, George Pearson. According to Pearson, the Village Manager communicated “he was concerned about our being present at this function.” Following this conversation, Mr. Sevier angrily walked away and began to frantically make phone calls to unknown persons. Moments later, Mayor Alvin McCowan approached Mr. Hayes and abruptly asked him to “leave the premises immediately!” After putting his hand in Mr. Hayes’ face, the Mayor fiercely walked away to find the event’s host, Ms. Day. Having been brought to tears by the Mayor for allowing a “Republican” to sponsor a table, Day began clearing the table of all campaign materials.

“I guess this Mayor doesn’t believe his community has a right to decide for themselves, considering Rainbow Push’s material was placed in full sight and not taken down,” said Pearson. “If Jesse Jackson Jr. had a sponsored table here tonight it would be business as usual.”

The campaign’s white staff members present believes the Mayor’s discrimination was targeted toward them. Hayes said he definitely saw an alarming display of hate. “The way my staff and I were treated by the mayor is reminiscent of the 1950’s, with a ‘No Republicans Allowed’ sign,” said Hayes.

Mr. Pearson added, “Once our materials were removed from our originally assigned central location, we were then asked to move to the back of the room.” They were replaced by a tobacco vendor. “It’s apparent the Democratic officials believe alcohol and tobacco are more important than freedom of choice and speech.”

Mr. Hayes pointed out that on March 27th he attended a gala sponsored by the League of Women Voters Park Forest Area at the same facility without incident. According to him, the difference between then and now is “a group of thugs who are operating in Chicago-way bully politics. They may own the facility, but it belongs to the people."

Hayes demands that Mayor McCowan “personally apologize to me and more importantly, my staff for the embarrassment and humiliation they experienced by having to remove all literature, take off campaign buttons and stop exchanging cards at a networking event, all as a room full of people looked on.”

Hayes also calls on Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to “step up to the plate and repudiate this discrimination and intolerance of American citizens. Otherwise, I will take his silence as an endorsement of treatment his father fought to end more than forty years ago.”

For the actual event invite, please go to:
http://www.facebook.com/#%21/event.php?eid=102896879747919&ref=ts  

[The invitation is also reproduced below]

~DAYLIGHT MEDIA WANTS to meet our VIPS INSIDE the CLUBHOUSE!!
LETS GET OUR GROOVE ON AT THE GREENS!!!

~LADIES & GENTLEMEN, ITS GOLF SEASON & what better place to SOCIALIZE, NETWORK , & UNWIND with other SOPISTICATED PROFESSIONALS than the BEAUTIFUL, SWANK, CLUBHOUSE & OUTDOOR DECK overlooking the GEORGEOUS GOLF COURSE in the SOUTH SUBURBS!!

RAINBOW PUSH EXECUTIVE STAFF, SOUTH SUBURBAN MAYORS, AIDES & STAFF, CEO OF M.I.S. ENTERTAINMENT, GARCIA VEGAS, PRESIDENT OF CHICAGO DEFENDER_MICHAEL HOUSE, THE ACTORS RICHARD GALLION, KEELAND ELLIS, & MAHOGANY MONEE & MORE!
 
~WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7th, DAYLIGHT MEDIA is LAUNCHING our

UPSCALE RED CARPET NETWORKING EVENT at
UNIVERSITY PARK GOLF CLUB!!!
23520 CRAWFORD*UNIVERSITY PARK, ILLINOIS
----------------------------------------------
FEATURING DAYLIGHT MEDIA'S FAVORITE GUEST DJ'S!!!
~VIP HOSTED RECEPTION!*APPETIZERS*COCKTAIL SPECIALS*GIVEAWAYS*RAFFLES & MORE!!
~ GREAT MUSIC*DANCING*FANTASTIC CUISINE!!
~VIPS & CELEBRITY MEMBERS & GUESTS
~RELAX or DANCE....
~CIGARS on the PRIVATE DECK in the OPEN AIR!
~MEET the "MOVERS & SHAKERS in BUSINESS!
~POLITICIANS & ELECTED OFFICIALS...
~SOCIALIZE with MODELS & SOCIALITES...
~LEARN HOW TO GOLF or JUST HIT some BALLS....
~FULL DINNER MENU AVAILABLE .....
~SEXY*CLASSY*COOL & UPSCALE....
HOSTS: JDAY*CEO & BUSINESSMAN DWAYNE HIRSH!
COST: MEMBERS: COMPLIMENTARY!
NON-MEMBERS GENTLEMEN : $10 W/RSVP
ALL LADIES: DISCOUNTED ENTRY TILL 8P W/RSVP

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