Clobbered in race for Illinois secretary of state, Valencia will seek reelection as city clerk
After taking July off to catch up on sleep, vacation with her husband and reconnect with her 2-year-old daughter, City Clerk Valencia chose to shake off the ethics scandal centered around her husband’s lobbying activities.
The city clerk and her lobbyist husband Reyahd Kazmi played so fast and loose in mixing his lobbying business with her official emails that people forgot about the scandal at Broadway Bank, the failed Chicago bank owned by the Giannoulias family that doled out loans to people with alleged ties to organized crime while Alexi Giannoulias was a senior loan officer.
Two candidates with gross ethical challenges. Too bad they both didn't loose.
She said she sees no need to strengthen the firewall between her official duties and her husband’s private lobbying business because she’s “always had a firewall” and abided by “those clear boundaries.”
“There were a lot of negative and false attacks that came my way. There were a lot of misinterpretations and false facts. … I don’t believe those false attacks define me in any way. The dust has settled. And we’re moving forward,” she said.
^ This one is a special kind of tone deaf. ^
With blood in the water from her landslide loss to former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Valencia said she expects a challenge in what will be her second election for city clerk.
“There’s a lot of ambitious people. They think maybe there’s an opportunity to take me on,” she said.
Hope it's someone credible, because Valencia does not deserve another term.
I'd love to see a progressive Democrat take on this former Rahm employee.