State Sen. Rickey Hendon let loose a nasty list of negatives about Republican Bill Brady at a West Side get-out-the-vote rally in Chitown on Saturday.
Opinionated and out-spoken, Hendon leveled a barrage of not-so-flattering words about Quinn’s gubernatorial opponent, Bill Brady publicly before Democratic supporters.
“I’ve never seen such an idiotic, racist, sexist, homophobic person in my life,” Hendon exclaimed.
The cause for such an outburst of non-affection? Hendon feels justified in his comments revealing the wannabe governor of Illinois due to his pattern of voting against bills that contain affirmative action legislation for gays, minorities, and females.
The comments reflect a stark reality for the state Senator, however Quinn was criticized by the Brady camp for the outburst. It’s not Quinn’s style to partake in public name-calling. But Hendon had the mic, a moment, and an opportunity he chose to use in order to express his perception of a man he works with in Springfield.
Hendon obviously had a lot to say. Continuing, he added: “If you think that the minimum wage needs to be three dollars an hour, vote for Bill Brady. If you think that women have no rights whatsoever, except to have his children, vote for Bill Brady. If you think gay and lesbian people need to be locked up and shot in the head, vote for Bill Brady.” Whoa! That’s a mouth full!
Brady’s voting record speaks for itself. The Republican discounts the information offered by Hendon. Campaign spokesperson Patty Schuh states the comments are just ” not factual.”
The “fired up” statesman perhaps isn’t very subtle, or even diplomatic when it comes to campaigning. If you are not representing correctly, Hendon doesn’t mind “calling you out.” Candidates better prepare because Hendon is running for mayor of Chicago. He maintains he just spoke the truth on Saturday at the rally, standing by his statements. Upping the ante, Hendon offered to apologize if Brady can show proof that his voting record contradicts what he said.
Brady didn’t speak, instead responded in a statement saying that “Ricky Hendon knows better.” In an attempt to give the “real” story, Brady pointed out that he stood with African-American leaders to allow parental choice in schools. Brady credits himself with helping to lead the effort to bring jobs to low-income neighborhoods.
Well, Hendon isn’t backing down off his comments; Quinn clearly didn’t make the statements. But this whole scenario is really not surprising at this stage of the game. Mud slinging has always been a part of politics. The closer you get to Election Day, the more mud goes flying. Sometimes it can get pretty down and dirty.
Voters have heard lots of accusations, claims, denials, and declarations. Enough to make our heads swim. My advice? Get the facts for yourself. Do the research. Find out exactly where the candidates stand on issues that matter. That’s something we all can do. Hey look, we really don’t have a choice. We need to pick the right candidates for the job. Our future and the future of Illinois depends on it.