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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Matt Harrington, Former Aurora Alderman-at-Large Candidate, Alleged to Conduct Political Intimidation and Threats of Harm



As reported by Illinois Review and CapitolFax, as Illinois sends a Governor to prison for 14 years for misusing the public trust and playing dirty politics, former Aurora Alderman-at-Large candidate Matt Harrington is alleged to have left voice messages with political intimidation and threats to harm.

Harrington, who says he is Campaign Director and Senior Advisor for various campaigns, including currently for Frederick Collins, a Chicago police officer running for Congress, allegedly left the voice messages for Tom Swiss, a candidate for Illinois State Representative.

Mr. Harrington's petitions for Alderman-at-Large were challenged with the Aurora Election Commission.

The Swiss for State Representative campaign released the messages allegedly left by Harrington.  It's not clear yet if any action is being taken by law enforcement.

One viewer, who heard the messages and has met Harrington before, said "Matt Harrington's conduct has been unusual around Aurora, but this is clearly improper and perhaps unlawful.  This is unacceptable behavior."

OpenlineBlog has not been able to independently confirm the authenticity of the messages.  However, the person on the message self-identifies himself as Matt Harrington.

We must STRONGLY CAUTION our viewers the following messages are not suitable for children and contain EXTREME profanity and threatening language:

Exhibit A


Exhibit B

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

this Matt Harrington guy appears to be unstable. that is outrageous.

Anonymous said...

Wow, lots and lots of homo-erotic type references. I wounder how the GLBT crowd of the Democratic party feels about Matt?

Sort of gives a knew meaning to his slogan: "Back Matt"

Anonymous said...

Has Harrington ever worked for a winner. His list of previous campaigns is a listing of also rans.

A real loser.

Anonymous said...

Openline might not confirm that it is Matt's voice but it sure sounds exactly like him. What a jack off.

Anonymous said...

on the bright side, this clown isn't an elected official in Aurora. Hope he doesn't claim Aurora as his home. We have enough dirtballs in this city, starting with the mayor, and we don't need more. he should go back to Chicago and live with Dick Daley.

Anonymous said...

Matt Harrington and Stephanie Kifowit would make a perfect couple.

They are EXACTLY alike. Same narcissistic personality, same profanity laced tirades and same pscyho-inflated political delusions.

Anonymous said...

I would disagree slightly with the above statement. Harrington is a clown and goofball, but Kifowit is more dangerous than Harrington. She's far more profane.

Anonymous said...

Opeline can you start a thread where you ask folks to rate the Aldermen on integrity?

Anonymous said...

The usually babbling Matt Harrington seems a bit quiet since this story broke.

Anonymous said...

This messages are pretty bad. I can't imagine anyone (especially someone in politics) leaving a recording like that. But I used to like listening to Paul Harvey, and want "the rest of the story." What did this guy say or do that provoked Harrington (who I never supported, BTW) to leave such messages? I don't for a second believe that Harrington just got up that day and thought "hmm, I think I'll leave a couple nasty voicemails, who should I call?"

Anonymous said...

Matt harrington has been acting like a fool for years, the judge jessie rayes, and that guy running for congress need to fire him! call them and tell them to fire MATT!

Anonymous said...

we all know that is Matt's voice! Matt should leave town, anyone who hires him will be unelectable. Matt Harrington has set a new low. I hope he goes to jail!

Anonymous said...

3:36, actually Harrington has a history of this type of behavior. He is a life long scum sucker, a common con criminal, and pathological liar. Just count your blessings he did not become an Alderman.

Anonymous said...

I would vote for him he would fit right in with the rest of the city council idiots

Anonymous said...

Weren't there 2 candidates w/ somewhat similar names? Matt Harrington and somebody else? And wasn't one of them supported by Rick Lawrence? Was that this guy or the other one?

Oh and 10:35 I assume you were responding to me (3:26). You were only off by 10 minutes; that's pretty close. Even if this is usual behavior for Harrington (and again, I'm not a supporter of his), I'm sure it doesn't just come out of the blue. There had to be SOMETHING that set him off. THAT'S what I want to know. As far as HOW Harrington went off, I don't care because I wrote him off as a viable candidate (for ANY elected office) long ago.

Anonymous said...

Well, I finally found at least a speculated reason that Harrington left those messages -- in the Beacon article. Surprised Openline couldn't copy & paste that part, like he does w/ most of his posts. Pretty crappy reason, but at least I've heard a reason. But it doesn't really matter. Harrington is toast as ever being elected to office, just because of stupidity putting yourself on tape that way, no matter how good (or bad) the provocation.

Anonymous said...

Openline scooped the Beacon on this by 2 days.

Anonymous said...

There were four candidates in the race:

Richard Irvin
Matt Harringtom
Judd Lofchie
Kevin Matthews

Anonymous said...

Kevin Matthews is the other one I couldn't remember Matt H. & K. Matthews. Didn't want either of them on the council, but different things I didn't like about them.

Anonymous said...

Well if you voted for Lofchie or Irvin can't say I think much of your judgement. But it is your vote.

Anonymous said...

Actually I wanted to vote for "none of the above", but that wasn't the option. I think I voted for Lofchie but wasn't happy about it.

Anonymous said...

Matt Harrington uses marijuana. Whenever he talks, he always add "F...U...C...K" 10 times in one sentence. He likes to threaten a person if he or she is against him. He is living somewhere else. I hope people in that state will not be cheated by him.

Anonymous said...

Hi, this is his true voice and action. He is crazy. He likes to do a revenge. His mind has a problem. I don't know why you do not put him in jail. Kids should not listen to this crazy man. It's him Matt Harrington. I confirm it is him because I knew him very well. He used marijuana as well. When he talks to someone else, he always use "F". 2 -3 times of the word "F" in one sentence. His mind has problem.

Anonymous said...

Matt Harrington has a foreclosure house downtown Chicago. But his house was his former girlfriend's. He got divorced for two times. Something wrong with his mind, so he lost job. Since he lost a job, his mind always thinks of doing a revenge when he has a chance.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I don't know who is courage enough to hire him:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/matt-harrington/a/311/958

Anonymous said...

Anyone can prevent this idiot from running the county board?

http://aurora9thward.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Everyone, who can prevent this guy from running for the county board?

http://aurora9thward.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Now hes backing Desmond Clark of the bears!
For your information....

I am a concerned citizen and I find it extremely offensive when the "race card" is thrown out there just because! Especially when I have firsthand knowledge that Desmond Clark isn't the model citizen and pillar of society that he claims to be.

In 2012 he invited our corporate office to a tailgate event his 88 Ways charity in conjunction with his real estate office Caldwell Banker Arlington Heights, IL. He solicited us to be a corporate sponsor for his charity. His pitch sounded iffy! An official of the village of Arlington Heights stopped by to investigate due to the numerous complaints they received by the number of school buses that Mr Clark bussed in from the inner city. The people getting off the busses looked like street thugs and criminals!

Our company did its due diligence in our investigation of Mr Clark and his charitable organization. We discovered that his charity was registered in Florida and operating in Illinois without being registered with the Illinois department of revenue as a tax free charity! His organization was asking for and accepting charitable donations and he wasn't reporting this income to the state of Illinois. A violation of the law according to the Illinois department of revenue according to our investigation!

In addition please check out the link below as to the criminal activity Mr Clark and his relative knowingly conducted in Florida that city officials in that state seized from him after his constant do nothing attitude and his playing the victim, as he and his wife are doing this very moment in time.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2011/02/desmond_clark_doesnt_appreciat.html

I support the difficult work of law enforcement and the racism that police departments are battling within our cities makes your jobs nearly impossible! I also understand the accusations that school boards encounter with this problem in our society so I felt I needed to speak out on this matter.

I truly believe Mr and Mrs Clark brought this onto themselves, if racism truly existed for four years as they claim why has it taken this long for them to act on it?

A concerned citizen....

Ahmed A.

Anonymous said...

Everyone, who can prevent this guy from running for the county board?

http://aurora9thward.blogspot.com/