What is it with some Lake County Democrats who simply can't seem to keep the dead from rising to sign their petitions? As TA regulars know, State Senator Terry Link has been dealing for months with the fallout from accusations that his nominating petitions contained both falsified names of the living and those of the simply deceased. Just last week, one of Link's campaign workers pleaded guilty to numerous counts of perjury in a plea bargain. The state appellate prosecutor, for some reason, bent over backwards to make sure the press knew that he thought Link was not involved in the actual crime. But more on that another day, perhaps.
The story for today, however, is that more allegedly falsified names and dead folks have appeared on the nominating petitions of yet another Lake County Democrat; this time, it's Antioch Township Assessor candidate Eugene Kryczka. As reported by the News-Sun, incumbent Antioch Township Assessor Heather Kufalk-Marotta noticed the names of several people she knew to be deceased, along with numerous signatures that she felt were obviously fake. She has turned the evidence over to the Lake County State's Attorney.
TA heard about this over the weekend, and understands that State Senator Michael Bond is the prime force behind Kryczka's candidacy, as he continues his behind-the-scenes political empire building in Lake County. For anyone who wasn't aware, Bond was very evident in the last round of elections as the force behind many of the county board challengers (and fairly nasty about it to boot, TA hears). Bond reads from the same playbook as his political godfather, Terry Link, which is basically to build up political capital by helping lower-level politicians into office that he thinks will be beholden to him in the future.
TA also hears that the alleged attempts at fabricating the signatures were not even done as well as they were done in Link's case. Sad, sad, sad.
The article did not mention if the State Appellate Prosecutor has already cleared Terry Link of any wrongdoing, but if we're lucky, he won't get the case and Michael Waller will investigate.