Full disclosure: I have given a small amount of money to Linda recently, it was not at this fundraiser. When she first ran for State Rep I gave money to her opponent and publicly endorsed him. I have in the past also given money and attended fundraisers for Richard Irvin.
An the other candidates are all up in arms about it.
Wow, where to start with this.
Well considering Guzman appears to be Tom's guy in this race, If you take this argument at face value I would have to say I would rather Madigan's candidate be mayor vs Tom's guy be mayor. For what it is worth I don't think it is as much of a Madigan play as they are making it out to be.
Besides Richard, I think it is hard to imagine any of the other candidates saying no to a Madigan fundraiser. Heck Saville has raised so little money he can file on paper (and does).
What it would be interesting for the local newspaper to do, is look at whom and given to who and look for some patterns.
You might find one candidate seems to get a decent % of money from developers and people who work in real estate, you might find another candidate seems to get a decent % of their money from local lawyers, you might find one gets a decent % from PACs.
That might be interesting.
But that would require the sort of reporting that the Beacon just doesn't do anymore (if they ever did). There may be a local blogger who might start sharing that as more financial information comes in.
Not saying who mind you....