GOP Governor candidate Bill Brady had better keep his eyes on the rear-view mirror, because Pat Quinn campaigns like a Sligo Man with a shovel - he don't quit and he's all business. Mexicans, Poles, Serbs, Croatians,Irish and African Americans swelled the halls and surrounded the Governor whom he greeted and named like he had just gotten off the Kedzie bus with them.
I worked the door and had a sideline view of a great political event.
Last night at Merrionette Park's Bourbon Street fundraiser for Worth Township Democratic Committeeman John O'Sullivan, Governor Pat Quinn, Forrest Claypool, Commissioner John Daley, Ald. Toni Preckwinkel, Treasuer Jim Houlihan, State Senator Ed Maloney, Father George Clements, Father Tom McCarthy, Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton,Heavyweight Champion Ernie Terrell and hundreds of skilled trades union leaders and members extolled the virtues of the American Middle Class - Faith, Family and Service.
Governor Pat Quinn was magnificent! He cited the service of the hundreds of young women and men from the south side and suburbs who have sacrificed themselves in defence of our country and reminded all of us that service to others is the key to good living. Quinn seemed to look right at Rich Doyle, Vietnam veteran and Grand Knight of Father Perez Council KC. Quinn was magical.
The hundreds of neighbors packing the halls ( Three were used in the massive Bourbon Street facility on 115th Street) responded loudly. These are people motivated to ring door bells and talk up Pat Quinn.
A very savvy North Side guest remarked - "Signs and money never win an election -motivated people do that and look at this place!"
This was more of a celebration of virtue than Glenn Beck could dream of and the pure definition of American political life.
About John O'Sullivan from 19th Ward Blog
Grew up in St. Cajetan parish.
Lives in Oak Lawn now.
Has a wife and children
Is the newly elected democratic committeeman of Worth township.
Works for Cook County
Has been cleared of charges that he engaged in political activities while on county time.
Was appointed to serve the remainder of Kevin Joyce's term.
Will serve without pay.
Is supporting the election of Bill Cunningham
By all accounts "Johnny O" seems to be a good guy. He wanted the job so that he could claim he did it and I guess it gives him added credibility as committeeman.