The never boring Carol Moseley Braun was at it again Sunday.
The Chicago Tribune reports today the former U.S. Senator accused fellow Chicago mayoral candidate, Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins, of once being a crack user. The paper reported that Watkins had taken Braun to task for returning to politics after being “missing in action” as parts of Chicago struggled. So Braun shot back while at a South Side Chicago candidate forum:
Patricia, the reason you didn’t know who I was for the last 20 years is because you were strung out on crack…I was not strung out on crack. I don’t have a record.
The Tribune, which identifies Watkins as a “community organizer”, said she told media outlets that she did use marijuana and cocaine for several years as a teenager, but has been clean for over 32 years.
Watkins called for an apology and deemed Braun’s comments
“… irrational, irresponsible and on top of it, untrue… I’ve never even seen crack, much less used crack.”
With apologies to Jim Croce, South Side Chicago is the baddest part of town, so your blogger would think that a mayoral candidate who actually used drugs would be a plus to voters there.
Since Braun is the baddest (wo)man in the whole damn town, perhaps we should “sic” a junkyard dog on her, although she might just win that fight.
On a more serious note, read more on the Chicago Mayoral race from Warner Todd Huston. He writes Publis’ Forum, among others, and his latest post on the issue is here. He is one of the nation’s top bloggers, a friend of KCC’s and Chicago’s top political expert. KCC supports him for “Blogger of the Year” in 2011.