Thursday, June 29, 2006

8th CD Candidate takes Rahm Emanuel and Speaker Mike to Court

Bill Scheurer [Lindenhurst], the candidate of the “Moderate Party,” is trying to join the race in the 8th Cong. District between first term incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean [Barrington] and her Republican challenger David McSweeney [Barrington Hills]. To help Scheurer stay on the ballot for the November 7, 2006 election, Scheurer’s Moderate Party filed a civil action in federal court this morning. Scheurer, who practiced law, but is not currently doing so, told me that the lawsuit seeks injunctive relief, as well as compensatory and punitive damages.

The Complaint names the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee [DCCC] and it’s Chairman, Cong. Rahm Emanuel; the Illinois Democratic Party and it’s Chairman, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan; Anthony Constantine and AR Consulting as defendants. Counts brought in the Complaint include allegations of federal civil rights violations and fraud.

For more background on some of the underlying matters involved in or relating to the Complaint and the 8th CD race, see here , here and here.

Challenges to petitions filed to get on the ballot in the 8th CD are due to be filed with the State Board of Elections by this Monday, July 3.

Scheurer, unlike the Democratic and Republican candidates in the 8th CD, is strongly anti-Iraq War. However, he also claims to differ significantly from both major party candidates on labor, healthcare and tax issues, as well as many others. Indeed, Scheurer might borrow a phrase from conservative Republican Barry Goldwater’s campaign of ’64, in that he appears to offer the voters, on many issues, “a choice, not a echo.” Of course, both Bean and McSweeney would disagree with Scheurer, in that I think they both see significant differences between each other on many, if not most, public policy issues.

Stay tuned, more to follow on Scheurer’s efforts to stay on the ballot.
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at