Thursday, July 22, 2010

Court Rules For Cedra Crenshaw, She's On The Ballot

The Democrat Machine tried to shut down the feisty mother, a Black, Republican, Tea Party-backed candidate, but Cedra Crenshaw fought back and is on the ballot. On July 21, a Circuit Court in Will County, Illinois, put Cedra Crenshaw on the November ballot as the Republican nominee for State Senate, 43rd district. Like Illinois Green Party nominee Kenneth Williams, who won a somewhat similar ballot access lawsuit on the same day, Crenshaw had been chosen by party meeting after the primary was over. No one had run in the Republican primary for State Senate in the 43rd district. Illinois law lets qualified parties choose nominees after the primary by party meeting, if no one was nominated for that office in the primary. Source: Ballot Access News Soon after the favorable ruling, Crenshaw posted this press release on her Citizens For Crenshaw page on Facebook: “I am just one mom, and today is a victory for all moms, dads, and regular people vs. the Chicago Machine and their political games. I am delighted by the news that I am back on the ballot. Together, we will hold my opponent accountable for his horrific voting record,” said Cedra Crenshaw. From the inception, Crenshaw had called on Sen. Arthur Wilhelmi to stop his party’s ballot challenge. Instead, Wilhelmi encouraged the specious, technical attack to restrict Crenshaw’s ballot access, as he repeatedly said, “the law needs to be followed.” Today, the court spoke and the Wilhelmi machine lost. Good government and the rule of law won the first battle. Throughout Wilhelmi’s entire political career, he has been timid in the face of corruption. Wilhelmi could not even stand up to corrupt Gov. Rod Blagojevich. On the question, should the people of Illinois have the right to recall corrupt Gov. Rod Blagojevich- he voted “present”. Even as the Crenshaw challenge became a national news story, Wilhelmi refused to defend the most basic principle in our representative democracy: ballot access. Wilhelmi was again “present” while basic democratic principles were being trashed by the leadership of his party. The people of Illinois are weary of Wilhelmi- politicians. “My team worked very hard to get on the ballot, collecting 2,100 petition signatures in only 19 days. It is evident that our work ethic needs to go to Springfield and reform Springfield!”, stated Crenshaw. This is a leadership election and once elected to the state senate Crenshaw will introduce legislation to clarify election law and help make ballot access less complicated for everyone -- even independents and third parties. The people of Illinois need to hold their career politicians to account, and competition at the ballot box means accountability for lawmakers. Crenshaw also posted the following on her campaign website: State Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi has a fight on his hands, and his Democratic bosses have only made it worse. Party leaders brought out the big guns to try to blow Republican challenger Cedra Crenshaw off the November ballot for the 43rd District seat. But a Will County judge ruled Wednesday that Crenshaw's ballot petitions are valid, rejecting the argument contrived by the Democrats who wanted Wilhelmi to coast to victory unopposed. Grasping at the straw extended to them by the state Democratic Party's top elections attorney, Michael Kasper, the pliant Democratic majority on the Will County elections commission had swiftly thrown out Crenshaw's petitions based on a hypothetical — or shall we say imaginary — quandary. More at the Chicago Tribune... RELATED: Bill Kelly Interviews Cedra Crenshaw About Democrats' Attempts To Shut Her Out CNB Cedra Crenshaw, Candidate Mom, Escapes Clutches of Chicago Machine Big Government Judge Rules Black Tea Party Candidate's Petitions Valid Huffington Post Tea Party Activist Cedra Crenshaw Wins Legal Battle... MyFoxChicago Cedra Crenshaw to Chicago Democrats: THANK YOU! ChicagoNow