One of the more interesting election-related stories about my day yesterday was my running into Tony Peraica while I was out at lunch. For those of you not living in Cook County, Tony Peraica is the republican candidate for Cook County Board President. The board is basically a bloated arm of the Chicago Political machine that has a lot of money but little in the way of real power. It’s been run since the dawn of time by man named John Stroger, who suffered a stroke during the democratic primary and was hidden away from public view until after the primary was over and he was certified the winner. Then, when they finally admitted that he was a vegetable, the Stroger family finagled it so that Storger’s son Todd would replace his father on the ballot, instead of going with the other primary candidate (who only barely lost to Stroger). Ah, nepotism all around.
I was so disgusted by the whole thing that I actually voted for Peraica, even though he has a reputation as a right-leaning Bush-phile. And when I was leaving Portillos* I saw him entering the building followed by a couple handlers and a cameraman. He saw that I recognized him and spub all the way around to come back out, shake my hand, and ask for my vote. He seemed like a really decent guy, so I was happy to tell him that I had already voted for him. Sure, he’s a republican, but like I said, the county board has no real legislative power. Now it turns out that the race might be closer than anyone thought it might be. If it turns out that he wins by one vote, I’ll feel pretty important, I dare say.
In other election news, I found a fun site where you can see the political leanings of superheros. Man, that Batman totally has the right idea. I should have voted for him instead of all those judges….