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Braun Claims Opponent Was ‘On Crack’

From a bemused Chicago Sun-Times:

Mayoral Candidates Forum Gets A Bit Nasty

Jan 31, 2011

The gloves came off during a mayoral candidates forum at Trinity United Church of Christ Sunday afternoon when candidate Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins questioned opponent former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun’s commitment to working with Chicago’s African-American communities and Moseley Braun responded by calling her a former crack addict.

“Carol Moseley Braun hasn’t been around for 20 years,” said Watkins, a community activist, prompting a verbal response from the crowd in the church. “We haven’t seen her.”

Moseley Braun, allowed to answer later, listed her public service and told Watkins, “You were strung out on crack. I was starting a business on the South Side. I was hiring people.”

Lest we forget, Ms. Braun is the former US Ambassador to New Zealand. So this is what passes for diplomatic language in our enlightened times.

By the way, for some odd reason this Sun-Times article fails to note that Trinity United is Mr. Obama’s church, which is still headed by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

But at least we know that Ms. Braun’s remarks are not the worst things to have ever been uttered within its sanctified walls.

Watkins has said that she used drugs from ages 19 to 21 — more than 30 years ago — but said Sunday she has never used crack.

Nitpicker. Besides, Ms. Braun is running as a Democrat. So what’s the problem? Is she trying to alienate the ‘crack vote’?

“She has a way of embellishing her own history and other people’s experiences,” Watkins said.

It sounds like she knows Ms. Braun pretty well, after all.

Watkins and Moseley Braun joined candidates Gery Chico, Daley’s former chief of staff; Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle; and William “Dock” Walls in answering questions at the church at 400 W. 95th about plans for economic development and jobs, public safety and education.

Front-runner Ralm [sic] Emanuel did not participate

He was probably afraid to attend such a friendly gathering, being a person of no color.

Speaking of history, Mr. Obama got his start stuffing ballots ‘getting out the vote’ for Carol Moseley Braun’s first Senate run as the head of ACORN’S local ‘Project Vote.’

Indeed, Mr. Obama has written that he would not have even run for the US Senate in 2004, if Ms. Braun had decided she wanted ‘her seat’ again.


This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 31st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Braun Claims Opponent Was ‘On Crack’”

  1. Mae says:

    “said Watkins, a community activist.” Is the pre-requisite for being a community activist or organizer drug addiction? Seems to be the Chicago way.

  2. proreason says:

    I’m confused.

    It being “on crack” an insult or compliment?


    • canary says:

      Watkins, who said she would aim to reduce crime by 20 percent within two years, favored keeping Weis on board. “We need somebody who’s going to put people in check ,” she said.

      “We shouldn’t be paying (police officers) to make our sons lay on the ground.”

      Walls told the crowd that there was a place for Weis in his administration, just not as police superintendent.

      Moseley Braun, Watkins and Walls also talked about creating jobs for young people.
      I think “being on crack” is a compliment as Watkins said Braun was on it too.

      Yes, these are the folks Obama lived & worked with. And those Obama rumors of continued use after the period of his life he admits he did it whenever he could.

      I still don’t understand why both Michelle and Obama lost their license to practice law.
      Since Obama has the younger Daley by his side, he sure has been in a good mood.

  3. heykev says:

    It’s a shame so many things lined up for BHO, just like they are lining up for Rahm.

    Ms. Braun decided not to run again.
    Jesse Jackson Jr. decided he not want to run for the US Senate
    The Tribune decided to run a hit piece on BHO’s opponent Jack Ryan – and he withdrew with about 3 month to election day.
    The Idiots in charge of the Republican party here in IL put Alan Keyes, long-time resident of Maryland up against him for crying out loud…BHO won in a landslide!

  4. P. Aaron says:

    God Help Chicago!

  5. Wasn’t this the lady who spent 50k immediately to go discover her roots after gaining her senate seat? Taxpayer funds of course:

    “Mosely-Braun weathered a string of ethics accusations during her six-year term, including criticism of her trips to visit the late Nigerian military dictator Sani Abacha, widely known for his human rights abuses.”

    Oh yeah that’s right.

    • heykev says:

      She also dribbled out her financial info. and is getting pummeled because what it contains.

      Seems like most politicians, she can’t balance her checkbook and has lost quite a bit of money on bad businesses.

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