There was a story written in the Freeman today that is purposely misleading based on information given by City Dem Chair Frank Cardinale. In the story, Cardinale gives two quotes that are very disturbing:
In the Fifth Ward, where original Democratic candidate Diann Keyser has dropped out, the committee is backing William Carey of 101 Hoffman St., according to city Democratic Chairman Frank Cardinale.
In the Seventh Ward, which also lacked a nominee after the May convention, the Democratic Committee is backing Maryann Mills, who lives at 61 Tammany St., to run against Republican Curtis Dankleman, Cardinale said.
O.k., both of those statements are simply untrue. The Democratic committee never meet and took a vote to back Ms. Mills or Mr. Carey. As a Democratic committeeman, I can tell you, I was at the committee meeting last Monday, no vote took place. There was discussion about two great candidates looking to run in Ward 7, Jody Edinger and Mary Ann Mills, no decision was made as to who to support, the Alderman of Ward 7 has not offered an opinion one way or another and ward 5 never came up at all.
The only way for the committee to endorse a candidate is at the unofficial convention, which took place a few weeks ago, neither Ms. Mills nor Mr. Carey were nominated. There is a method to replace a candidate through the committee to fill vacancies, however, that committee has not meet nor are they a valid committee until after the nominating petitions are filed.
Point blank, in my opinion it is very clear that Frank Cardinale lied to the Daily Freeman. The race for the Democratic nomination for Aldermen in Wards five and seven will be decided after primaries. Frank saying that a specific candidate has committee support when they do not gives them an unfair advantage in the primary and it's unfair and unethical.
I think it's time that Frank Cardinale think about whether or not he can continue to serve effectively as Chairman of the city committee.