This just in... TA hears that Eugene Kryczka, the Democratic challenger for Antioch Township Assessor, has pulled out of the race in the face of accusations from his opponent that fake and dead people's signatures appeared on his petitions. More on this as it develops.
UPDATED 02/05/09: The News-sun has an article this morning. Kryczka cites personal reasons for pulling out the of race:
Kryczka said he could not afford to continue the race. He had missed too much time from work and he did not want to put his company in jeopardy in this bad economy. He had promised to self-finance his campaign and not take contributions.
The Daily Herald had only a minor note, here. As much as I like the Herald, I'm just a bit concerned about a double standard here. If it was a Republican caught up in this scandal and quit the race under these circumstances, I think the media (and not just the Herald) would be relentless in covering this story and would not be nearly so circumspect in connecting the dots.
Seriously- does anyone really believe Kryczka's lame explanation? The race barely gets off the ground, and the time commitment all of a sudden took you by surprise? Oh, and it's right after you're accused of forgery? Coincidence, coincidence, I'm sure.
Note to candidates: Once your petitions are in, if you don't want to work hard at the campaign, you don't. Maybe you'll win, and maybe you'll lose. But you are the master of your own destiny.
Well, I don't think Kryczka's pulling out of the race will have much effect on the State's Attorney's investigation. Forgery is forgery, so we'll see what comes out of this. All I can say is that the Dems need to take a class in either ethical petition circulation (with Terry Link sitting in the front row, taking notes), or they better improve their forgery skills, and stop copying names out of the phone book or obits.