by: Diane Benjamin
First – Thanks to my broad base of contributors who regularly send information they think readers need to know. I can’t do it without you. I also will NEVER disclose where the information comes from, unless the sender agrees. And yes, I do have people inside government disgusted with how taxpayer money is wasted. They consider it their responsibility to expose corruption, now they have an outlet.
This story came from one of the contributors. It was found on a website FT.com. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/83610290-2cd6-11e3-a0ac-00144feab7de.html#axzz2q90tPuyQ
If you want to read the whole story, you have to create an account. The story is about the government shutdown and talks mostly about DC politics, but somehow Mayor’s Renner and Koos are quoted. The whole story doesn’t make a lot of sense and their quotes don’t really fit in the rest of story, but what Mayor Renner said is noteworthy:
The split among local conservatives helped elect Mr Renner, who says he is Bloomington’s first Democratic mayor since the city was founded in the 1860s.
So much for a non-partisan election! I guess all the money poured into his campaign from local unions had nothing to do with his winning election.
The point is that citizens have a right to know who they are voting for. The non-partisan label no longer applies, if it ever did. There is no difference between the politics in Washington DC, Springfield, and Bloomington. Self described Democrats should be forced to wear that label in local elections, same with Republicans and Independents.
Do the citizens who voted fort Renner know they voted for a Democrat? Some probably did, others maybe not.
Citizens need to be able to base voting decisions on more than just campaign rhetoric. We know better than to believe campaigning politicians.
5 thoughts on “Quit pretending local elections are non-partisan”
Renner’s campaign was funded by state and local unions, and approximately $35,000.00 came from in-kind donations from the Illinois State Realtors Association. They paid for all of his mailings at $7500.00 per postcard.
$7500 per postcard? I don’t understand how that could be, wht do you mean?
$7500.00 per mailing. The cost of printing and postage.
Illinois State Realtors Association, an organization of businessmen, supporting a left-wing Progressive, Kool-aide drinking, cult following, Obama worshiping Democrat for Mayor of their city is like a chicken supporting Colonel Sanders! I tried to warn people in Bloomington to not vote for Teri Renner. I like him as a person BUT his form of politics is disastrous! Take a look at the city Obama said last year that he saved………yeah right! The city of Detroit has been under left-wing Progressive Democrat leadership for years. Just take a look as Mr. Crowder explains how successful the Democrat leadership has been in Detroit with their governing: I hope your taking note of this Mr. turn a blind eye, Democrat leaning, Million Dollar Seller Club John Armstrong!
Transparency in name only, Tino Tari.