Sullivan Responds To Sun-Times, Imitators
Fact: The ideas the Sun-Times credits to my opponents in this weekend’s piece have been part of my platform since Day One.
Fact: I am the only candidate who released a platform on the day I announced.
Fact: I am the only candidate who hasn’t changed my platform to match my opponents.
What does this say to you?
The Ramova Rookie
My thanks to the Sun-Times Editorial board for the chance to interview last week. To the board, I’d like to mention an editorial item.
There is a missing word in the above Sun-Times article. The word is “also”.
It belongs after the words “John Kozlar” and before “wants to the restore the Ramova Theater”.
That word should be there, because as our neighbors are very well aware, for no less than ten years, I have been fighting for that theater –and I’ve been winning funds and awards for it.
So it’s only fair to say Mr. Kozlar also wants to restore it.
More importantly, it needs to be said that Mr. Kozlar has to date fielded no realistic nor even professional-grade plan.
Meanwhile, my plans have been honored twice by the Illinois Institute of Technology, and my own stewardship of the building is what resulted in $330,000 in damage stabilization funds to repair holes in its roof.
With all due respect, the fact is my opponent John Kozlar is a Johnny-come-lately to the Ramova cause.
And our neighbors know it, even if the Sun-Times doesn’t.
Patrick Daley Thompson: Simply Not Focused On The 11th Ward
It was about one week ago when I reminded the packed crowd at the Trinity candidate forum that I was the only candidate who had translated any part of my campaign website into Chinese and Spanish.
Sure enough, look at what has magically appeared at Patrick Daley Thompson’s campaign website in the time since: language translation.
This says two things to me:
First, it says that I lead this campaign. I literally lead it, meaning that I show the challengers what to do — then we all watch them do it.
Like my Ramova work, this imitation is a sincere form of flattery.
Second, it says very loudly that for the first five months of this campaign, Patrick Daley Thompson never considered the thousands of 11th Ward residents who speak Chinese or Spanish. He did not notice them. He did not think of them. The needs of thousands of our neighbors did not cross his mind.
This is totally unacceptable from someone who claims to represent the 11th Ward and is asking for the job.
It speaks to a mindset focused anywhere but here. It suggests he’s thinking about somewhere else.
Where is he focused? I think it’s on downtown.
I think he’s focused on his big shot legal clients who come seeking easy tax treatment and handouts of our hard-earned tax money. Focused on the Wacker Drive high rise condo developments that he prints and sends pictures of in his mailings.
But we need an Alderman who is focused on us — not past us.
I will be that Alderman. That is exactly why I’m running.
Running Out Of Time
We have three weeks before the election on February 24th. That means my opponents are running out of time to take my work and pretend it’s their own.
Go ahead, guys — there’s plenty more where that came from.
Just remember: we all see you doing it.
[Photo: Derek Johnson]