Clerk Dorothy Brown fails her own test for competence
For Immediate Release: December 26, 2011
For more info: Andrew Sharp, 773/447-1763
Clerk calls issue “an administrative test” for candidates -- then flubs the test!
Dorothy Brown mismanaged the challenge to her opponent’s nominating petitions, failing the standard for competence that she personally set. The Munoz campaign called the latest Brown debacle more evidence she cannot run a professional operation and called on the Clerk to defend her record at a series of 11 debates – one in each Cook County congressional district.
On December 12, Dorothy Brown issued a statement saying her petition challenge against Munoz would give him “an opportunity to prove his skills as an administrator.” Instead, Brown went on to demonstrate her own incompetence by failing to file challenges against over 7,000 Munoz signatures. Since 5,693 signatures are required, Brown’s mistake meant every one of her challenges could have been upheld and she still would have lost her case.
“Dorothy Brown has failed to run a professional office for more than a decade,” says Andrew Sharp, Munoz campaign advisor. “This petition challenge was her last chance to avoid defending her record and facing the voters. Unfortunately, she got it wrong again.”
The Munoz campaign then issued an 11-debate challenge – one in each Cook County congressional district – to let voters decide which candidate is most qualified to be Clerk of the Circuit Court.
“Last month, Dorothy Brown told taxpayers she magically found $700,000 in her budget that she didn’t know she had. Of course, she promptly used that money to pay for her personal chauffeur,” said Andrew Sharp. “That is the kind of arrogance and incompetence she will be forced to defend at a public debate.”
- The Clerk of the Circuit Court Financial Control Officer dropping off Dorothy Brown’s challenge at the Board of Elections. (His salary is $110,000/year).
- Dorothy Brown telling CBS Chicago she suddenly found $700,000 in her budget she didn’t know she had, so now she can afford to keep her chauffeur. (Source: “Clerk Dorothy Brown Gets 17 Jobs Abruptly Restored, CBS Chicago, December 1, 2011 9:51 PM)
- Dorothy Brown’s press release calling the petition challenge process proof of a candidate’s skills as an administrator.
- Official Board of Elections correspondence confirming Dorothy Brown mismanaged her own petition case, such that she could not win, even if every challenge were upheld.