A ward superintendent handpicked by the City Council’s 80-year-old elder statesman, Ald. Bernard Stone (50th), was arrested Monday and charged–along with another man–with improperly steering primarily Indian and Pakistani voters toward absentee ballots for Stone.
Anish Eapen, a 37-year-old employee of the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation, faces two counts of official misconduct, three counts of absentee ballot fraud and one count of mutilation of election materials. He allegedly worked in tandem with 34-year-old Armando Ramos, an unemployed student. Ramos faces two counts of absentee ballot fraud and two counts of mutilation of election materials.
Now, this IS out of Chicago, and most politically savvy folks think “Democrat” when they think Chicago. But nowhere in this article is it mentioned that Alderman Stone is a Democrat.
Stone stands by and praises his pick for Ward Superintendant
Stone defended Eapen as an “honest and fair person” and “one of the best” ward superintendents in the city, adding, “Nobody has ever accused him of wrongdoing and I don’t believe any charge of wrongdoing will ever be substantiated against Anish Eapen. These are trumped-up charges.”
Stone even goes so far as to accuse A US Representative of engaging in a witchhunt against him and his people.
Stone angrily denied that his campaign engaged in absentee ballot fraud. He accused the state’s attorney’s office of engaging in a political witch hunt at the behest of U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Il.) Schakowsky denied she had instituted the investigation.
Notice that they marked Schakowsky as a Democrat there, but still nowhere in the entire 10 paragraphs of the story do they mention Stone’s affiliation.
But that is why we have Wikipedia