Reichel: O’Donnell a weak candidate;

February 13, 2011

Matt Reichel campaigning outside the Western Ave. "L" stop during the 2010 Congressional campaign. Credit: Patrick Boylan

In a press release Green Party 47th Ward aldermanic candidate Matt Reichel commented on opponent Tom O'Donnell's decision to drop out of a forum Tuesday saying " Tom did not perform very strongly at the last debate at Coonley Elementary. He probably feels that he has a lot to lose, and little to gain, by attending this forum." In the release Reichel said "it is very important that we use this opportunity of an open election with a particularly weak establishment candidate to galvanize progressive support behind me. We have gained a lot of momentum since Schulter's departure from the race, as progressives from throughout the ward have approached me and said "Now is the time." We can use this candidacy as a vehicle to help stop this disastrous tidal wave of privatization and union-busting going on in this city." Reichel is hoping for the endorsement of the Chicago Teachers Union. He said, in the release, that he did not want to participate in major newspaper endorsements on principal. Both those endorsements went to Ameya Pawar in the 47th Ward. Reichel is running against Tom O'Donnell, Tom Jacks and Ameya Pawar.

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4 Responses to Reichel: O’Donnell a weak candidate;

  1. Mike J on February 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    If he did not want to participate in the “major newspaper endorsements”, then why did he file a questionnaire with the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune?



  2. ryan on February 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I’m struggling to try to figure out what principle would push him to avoid newspaper endorsements except maybe the principle that he wouldn’t get them.

  3. leah w on February 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    The Tribune and the Sun times did us a favor by posting the questionnaires way after deadline. I guess he figured it would help to increase web traffic.

  4. LILY TOMLIN on February 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Hi Leah,

    How are things on Hamilton?