Wednesday, March 30, 2005


The names of both Democratic candidates, Rick Klau and Janice Ilg, were omitted from the list of candidates for Naperville Township trustee that the township clerk's office faxed to the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Miraculously, none of the four Republican candidates were left off in the list.

From the Naperville Sun:
"I'm disappointed more than anything," Klau said.

Klau said he first became aware of the invitation and questionnaire when they were mentioned by Spitzzeri during an endorsement interview with The Sun's editorial board March 23. Among those present were Spitzzeri and Busche, along with Klau. In the interview Spitzzeri mentioned the Republican candidates attended the March 8 function and provided their information to be posted on the chamber's Web site, but the Democratic candidates had not.

"It's disappointing that it was done in such as way ... to question our integrity and commitment to the campaign," Klau said.

Klau said he and Ilg have always been dedicated to the campaign and made note in the interview that he did not receive the information.

The next morning, he called the chamber office to find out why he and Ilg were never alerted to the opportunity. It was then discovered that their names were not on the list of candidates faxed to the chamber by township clerk's office.

Township Clerk Carol Bertulis was out of town and unavailable for comment Tuesday.
But the Sun fails to mention a couple of interesting facts about Ms. Bertulis that are proudly posted on the website of the Naperville Township Clerk:
Carol has been a Republican Precinct Committeeman for over 20 years, and has also served two years as Treasurer for the DuPage Federation of Republican Women.
So a Republican official accidentally undermines our two-party system by overlooking -- not just one -- but two Democratic candidates?

Gee, if only I could think of a third incident where an official in Republican controlled DuPage County made it appear that a Republican candidate was running without Democratic opposition, I would swear there was a pattern of misconduct.

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