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This City Just Elected a Drug-Dealing Murderer to Public Office

I’m sorry… an alleged drug-dealing murderer.

Some stories you couldn’t even make up if you tried.

The Washington Post reports:

On Friday, East Chicago, Ind., councilman Robert Battle was sworn into office for a second term. This time around, though, the event was a rather low-key event. Instead of the mayor conducting the ceremony, it was an “unnamed official,” according to the Chicago Tribune. And instead of City Hall, the venue was the county jail.

The inside of the county jail.

The councilman is currently behind bars on multiple felony charges. And while he certainly isn’t the first politician to face legal trouble, he does face quite the uphill battle, so to speak.It’s not often, after all, that an elected official is accused of murdering a man in cold blood during a drug deal. Battle has pleaded not guilty. But the gruesome alleged crime is causing serious problems for his party.

Democratic officials in Lake County, Ind., just across the border from Illinois, find themselves facing an unusual problem. Their headache stems not from their candidate failing to get elected, but rather from him refusing to resign. “I can’t remember a situation like this,” Sheriff John Buncich, chair of the Lake County Democratic Central Committee, told the Tribune in November, when Battle was reelected just a few weeks after being charged with murder and drug dealing. “It’s wrong for the taxpayers, wrong for our party.”

How could something like this happen in northwest Indiana?

… Battle ran unopposed, winning with just 308 votes in a city of about 30,000 people.

Some citizens are so entrenched in their political parties that they care more about the party banner than the actual person running for office under it.

We have to wake up as a society and start paying attention to what’s happening in our government, whether it’s local, state, or federal. The health of our representative democracy relies upon an engaged and informed citizenry. When people stop caring and showing up, government goes to whoever seizes the power, regardless of whether they are good or bad.

 

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review and is a TV and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for ConservativeReview.com, The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax magazine. Dr. Borelli is also a regular political panelist on NewsmaxTV and i24 News he also co-hosts radio programs on SiriusXM Patriot with his wife Deneen Borelli. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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