I’m always gratified when there’s a political race that has a nut job in it, Democrat or Republican. You know the candidates that I’m referring to, some fringe candidate that really doesn’t stand a chance of winning, but who’s there, nonetheless, dropping verbal bombshells on the campaign trail just to keep things amusing. It’s just that it’s rare that the candidate in question was formerly a United States Senator.
Carol Mosely Braun, a former Democratic Senator from Illinois running in the Chicago race for mayor, was accused of being absent from Chicago in recent years by Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins, one of her competitors. It seems that this is a common theme in this race, frontrunner Rahm Emanuel being legally subjected to the same line of attack. Braun’s response: ‘Patricia, the reason you didn’t know where I was for the last 20 years is because you were strung out on crack. I was not strung out on crack. I don’t have a record.’
Classy, Carol Mosely Braun! It’s a double whammy because it not only implies that Van Pelt has struggled with drugs (she has, and has admitted as much publicly, which makes Braun’s comment a pretty low blow), but that she has a criminal record (she doesn’t). Braun predictably walked back the comments shortly thereafter.
As Braun’s chances diminish, pay closer attention, because things like this will only increase in frequency and outrageousness as the realization sets in that she has zero chance of becoming the next mayor of Chicago. Which makes for great political entertainment.