Chicago is pretty much synonymous with crime and corruption. So, what happens when you try to fix it from the inside? One 19-year-old conservative found out the hard way.
A DePaul student collected 1,703 signatures to run for alderman in his Chicago ward. But more than 2,700 people supposedly signed affidavits revoking their support.
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) December 8, 2018
Crazy story that really emphasizes the insane level of corruption in Chicago. They got 2,600+ people to commit a crime by signing fraudulent revocations just to try to get this college freshman off the ballot. https://t.co/b5iyEnw8S8
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) December 10, 2018
It's a commonplace that Chicago is spectacularly corrupt & that the Chicago Dem machine combines that corruption with brutal political strength, but you really need to read this *amazing* story to grasp just how that works in practice, on the ground level. https://t.co/blSMzmavYn
— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) December 10, 2018
We’d excerpt the entire piece here if we could. This will give you a taste — a rotten one:
The David is David Krupa, 19, a freshman at DePaul University who drives a forklift part time. He’s not a political powerhouse. He’s just a conservative Southwest Side teenager studying political science and economics who got it in his head to run for alderman in a race that pits him against the most powerful ward organization in Chicago.
To get on the ballot, Krupa was required to file 473 valid signatures of ward residents with the Chicago Board of Elections. Krupa filed 1,703 signatures.
More than 2,700 revocations were turned over to the elections board to cancel the signatures on Krupa’s petitions. Chicago Board of Elections officials had never seen such a massive pile of revocations.
“We turned in 1,703 signatures. We compared them to the 2,796 revocations, and found only 187 matches, meaning only 187 people who signed David’s petitions filed revocations,” [election attorney Michael] Dorf said. “So, what about the 2,609 people who didn’t sign for David but who filed revocations? That’s fraud. That’s perjury. That’s felony.”
You seriously need to read the whole thing. If you can stomach it.
I got too mad to keep reading.
— yokotaster (@neontaster) December 10, 2018
Honestly, we totally understand how @neontaster feels. This story is absolutely infuriating. And if this isn’t blatant election fraud, we don’t know what is.
This is outrageous.
— Rachel Gold (@rgolddmd) December 10, 2018
Damn. That’s bad…
— Sean Elkins (@SeanElkins) December 10, 2018
This is so wild and despicable. Wow.
— Joseph Moran (@JosephPMoran) December 10, 2018
The back end is particularly grating – how there will be zero accountability for this – none, zero, zilch, nada. No trials, no arrests, just swept under the rug
— Cheesetrader (@cheesetrader1) December 10, 2018
That is insane. Over 2,500 felonies likely committed that no one will ever investigate or care about.
And for what reason?? So a 19 year old can’t get 3% of the vote?
— SbWisLaw (@SbWisLaw) December 10, 2018
The Chicago political machine got over 2000 people to commit an obvious, provable felony for the purpose of keeping a college kid off the ballot.
And there will not be any consequences for them. https://t.co/ZmMf3qwKFG
— PoliMath (@politicalmath) December 10, 2018
Not if history is any indication.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional text and tweets.