My response to the Chicago Sun-Times’ unprofessional personal attack piece:
I was both touched and troubled by Dan Mihalopoulos’ December 3rd piece on me, “Gadfly’s about-face changes complexion of mayoral race.” Calling someone a “gadfly” is actually high praise. The original “gadfly,” Socrates, once said, society needs someone to “sting them and whip them into a fury in service of the truth.” Chicago needs that more than ever now and I am very happy to oblige. Mihalopoulos’ petty personal potshots aside, I had every right to donate to my own campaign. He calls my busting of the campaign caps a “mockery of the law.” However, not once have I heard him criticize Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s use of bundled contributions or his donations from firms that manage Chicago’s pension funds in violation of SEC law or Bruce Rauner’s self-funding of his campaign in the millions of dollars. What upsets Mihalopoulos more, that corrupt political insiders routinely flout the law? Or that an outsider reformer put a monkey wrench in their dirty system? With the caps on, Emanuel already had $10 million and his opponents had no hope of catching up. Now there’s a chance they can. Thanks to yours truly, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is already on track to raise $1 million.
So to the real people of Chicago, I say this: The winner of the Chicago mayoral race is not the candidate with the most money. It’s the candidate the people choose. Don’t let the media tell you otherwise for that would be a mockery of what journalism really means.