Tuesday With Phil Krone, Upright and Ethical Political Fixer
I always enjoyed Phil Krone’s columns. My personal enjoyment and amusement were a given whether or not I concurred with Krone’s political sentiments. Sometimes, I did not support the candidates and positions that Phil endorsed.
During the recent 2010 primary election, I was working with a candidate who was obliged to spend a considerable amount of time and energy defending the sufficiency of her nominating petitions. The petition contained more than enough valid petition sheets properly signed by registered voters to guarantee the candidate a position on the primary ballot, but an opposing candidate, who had paid the powers that be for a preferred position as an endorsed party candidate in the primary election, chose to file a series of frivolous objections for the sole purpose of harassing his primary opponents. In addition to putting two other candidates through lengthy electoral board proceedings which ultimately reaffirmed the sufficiency of their petitions and their right to ballot access, individuals working for the principal opponent used the Internet in an effort to conflate penny ante petition circulating mistakes into the crimes of the century.
It was not enough that the challenges were eventually dismissed, but the opposing party or persons working closely with this campaign began to post anonymous comments at various online election web logs filled with falsehoods and half truths. It was truly malicious gutter politics at its very worst.
Phil Krone was personally acquainted with one of the candidates under attack and recognized the chicanery for what it was and spent some hours defending the integrity of the individual candidate online despite the fact that he was gravely ill. I was amazed that Krone would expend so much time to do the right thing even though the deck had been stacked, so to speak, and the affected person being unjustly maligned was a decided underdog in the particular primary race involved. There was nothing to be gained by this as all of the powerful players, including many of Krone’s own friends, were supporting the favored candidate who was acting in an unnecessarily hostile and underhanded manner.
Krone proved himself to be a genuine stand up guy.
We could use a few more like him.
Dan Kelley is a regular columnist for the Chicago Daily Observer
image Tuesday Weld, who turned 67 on Aug 29th.