OK, I asked for someone to step up and tell me what is up with Messr. Olsen and his law firm. I got a phone call today from a friend who is a Moore supporter. He states unequivocally that Olsen is not a proxy for Moore. Our Alderman decided not to issue challenges since he sees 6K+ petition signatures as confirmation of the support he has in the ward.
In other words, he ain't skeered 'bout losin' cuz he ain't gonna lose! Runoff or no runoff.
My friend suggested that we look to Brian White since a) the law firm clearly has a Republican bias and b) White is a conservative (read Blue Dog Democrat) who would be more acceptable to Republican voters. That might work except White is one of the creators of the Rental Improvement Fund (RIF) TIF, which Moore is not ready to support just yet, if at all. Too many unanswered questions. White's campaign site has made it clear he supports the RIF, as well as overall TIF reform. The RIF is definitely an initiative that should warm the hearts of most progressives, while creating a chill in those who balk at the notion of providing public funding to private owners in order to keep affordable housing in Rogers Park. Why Republicans, and especially the Tea Party Wing, would support an initiative that has roots in the progressives is not a question I can answer, and neither could my friend.
So, back again to Messr. Olsen and his employer. Taking at face value the claim that Joe is not behind this, and knowing that Brian is not interested in challenging other candidates, we are then left wondering just who anointed Messr. Olsen as the Chief Protector of the Integrity of the Process. I sure didn't ask for his help, and if we are to believe what I have been told so far, neither did the candidates. So who? This is costing someone money, unless the law firm is doing it pro bono, in which case it is still costing money, they just aren't getting paid.
Anyone have any possible answers? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?