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The election for Secretary of State: Past races in Orland Park and Palos Township
Ray Hanania on Politics April 23, 2021:
Season 3, Episode 2
Award winning Political Opinion Columnist and Radio Talk Show Host Ray Hanania looks at the upcoming election battle for Illinois Secretary of State and the recent hotly contested battles in Orland Park and Palos Township in this latest podcast episode.
Alexi Giannoulias, the former Illinois State Treasurer, is leading the field of candidates hoping to succeed popular Secretary of State Jessie White who is retiring. The election is in March 2022 in the Democratic Primary and Giannoulias has already raised nearly $3 million, compared to other candidates that are hoping to win the state's most powerful employee government agency.
That race follows in the wake of the contests in Orland Park where former Mayor Dan McLaughlin came within 300 votes of unseating rightwing fanatic Keith Pekau. And the race in Palos Township where extremist Arab and Muslim activists do what they always do -- drowning out an intelligent and strategic election campaign with yelling, screaming, anger, hatred and protests. The fanatics were fueled in their hatred by words posted by former Palos Township Trustee Sharon Brannigan, who apologized for singled out Arabs and Middle Easterners in her political posts. Brannigan lost her bid to become Palos Township Assessor but not because of the extremists, but rather because the Democrats and Republicans backed Robert Maloney over Brannigan. How badly did the extremists do -- most of whom didn't even live in Palos Township? Well, they backed a decent candidate Marvate Mohammad to run for trustee.Not againstBrannigan but to block the election of moderate and smart candidate Tasneem Abuzir. Abuzir won election and became the first Arab Muslim Palos Township official. But she could have been more except that the extremists divided the Arab and Muslim vote.
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