Sullivan Denounces Hate Attacks, Calls For Unity
Responding to an anonymous sticker campaign in the Bridgeport neighborhood, Aldermanic candidate Maureen Sullivan called for unity in the face of a hate attack, the first of the political season in the 11th Ward.
Stickers reading “Maureen Sullivan Bad For Bridgeport Bankrupt Financially And Morally” went up on area light poles at some point in the last few days.
“There is no place for hatred in this or in any election,” said Sullivan. “There are significant differences between the candidates, but I don’t believe that any of us endorses this kind of deeply disrespectful personal attack. I call upon my electoral opponents Patrick Daley Thompson and John Kozlar to join me in denouncing these hate stickers and resolve to focus on the issues that are important to voters.”
Since launching in August, Sullivan’s campaign website has detailed the personal bankruptcy in her history, triggered by the 2008 housing crisis.
An online attack came with the stickers, when in a web comment, Ed Marszewski, owner of Maria’s on 31st St. and a Thompson supporter, called Maureen “a crazy cat lady” (photo).
Sullivan’s campaign has collected dozens of volunteers, thousands of dollars of donations and has snagged key endorsements including Democracy For America, the People’s Lobby, Reclaim Chicago and National Nurses United.
“We’re seeing again how women are singled out for terrible abuse in electoral politics,” said Sullivan campaign spokesman Rob Warmowski. “But our neighbors know that Maureen has always been up front, and has always stood up to bullies. This neighborhood loves a fighter.”