Ald. Brian Doherty, the only Republican on the City Council, will be challenging Democrat John Mulroe in the Nov. 2 election for Illinois state Senate.
Doherty, (41st), after 19 years in office as alderman, is looking to win state Sen. James DeLeo’s seat (D-Chicago), who will be retiring.
His campaign of late has run into a snag. The Democratic Victory Fund says Doherty is guilty of “serious ethics violation.” It seems the alderman’s office may be used for his political campaign, which is a definite no-no.
Doherty shares an office with state Rep. Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), and County Commissioner Peter Silvestri. He has sent out fliers to supporters asking for campaign contributions of $35 to attend a fundraiser, instructing the fliers be sent to his alderman’s address, 6650 N. Northwest Highway.
Citizens for Doherty is hosting the fundraiser, Shabbona Park Reunion, at Achorsch Village Hall Rental, on Sept. 10.
The Chicago senatorial candidate is being accused of using taxpayer’s resources to raise money for his run to win the soon-to-be vacated state Senate seat. Jay Rowell, political director for the Senate Democratic Victory Fund, indicates there should be no commingling. A separation between government money and political money has to be established and maintained.
Doherty defends his actions saying,”its an office inside and office.” He assures that the computer, phone, mail, and anything that has to do with his campaign bid is not part of the alderman office. In addition, he says only political money put up by McAuliffe’s fund is paying the rent shared by the three, Doherty, McAuliffe, and Silvestri.
Rowell contends the campaign disclosure submitted by Doherty failed to mention anything about the political war room as an in-kind contribution from Rep. McAuliffe.
The complaint should be filed with the City Council’s inspector general, however there is no one in the position at the present time. Apparently that job was just approved three months ago and has yet to be filled. Looks like Rowell will have to sit on his allegations of misconduct against the alderman until a new inspector general can be found.