Reichel: O’Donnell a weak candidate;

Matt Reichel campaigning outside the Western Ave. "L" stop during the 2010 Congressional campaign. Credit: Patrick Boylan

In a press release Green Party 47th Ward aldermanic candidate Matt Reichel commented on opponent Tom O’Donnell’s decision to drop out of a forum Tuesday saying ” Tom did not perform very strongly at the last debate at Coonley Elementary. He probably feels that he has a lot to lose, and little to gain, by attending this forum.”

In the release Reichel said “it is very important that we use this opportunity of an open election with a particularly weak establishment candidate to galvanize progressive support behind me. We have gained a lot of momentum since Schulter’s departure from the race, as progressives from throughout the ward have approached me and said “Now is the time.” We can use this candidacy as a vehicle to help stop this disastrous tidal wave of privatization and union-busting going on in this city.”

Reichel is hoping for the endorsement of the Chicago Teachers Union. He said, in the release, that he did not want to participate in major newspaper endorsements on principal. Both those endorsements went to Ameya Pawar in the 47th Ward.

Reichel is running against Tom O’Donnell, Tom Jacks and Ameya Pawar.

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

4 thoughts on “Reichel: O’Donnell a weak candidate;

  1. I’m struggling to try to figure out what principle would push him to avoid newspaper endorsements except maybe the principle that he wouldn’t get them.

  2. The Tribune and the Sun times did us a favor by posting the questionnaires way after deadline. I guess he figured it would help to increase web traffic.

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