Friday, October 05, 2012
Tom Weisner Wants to Run Again for Mayor of Aurora After Two Terms of Failure, Increased Taxes, Wild Spending, Skyrocketing Debt, Higher Unemployment, Reverse Economic Development and Making Aurora Second to None for Corruption
At a fundraising event on Thursday evening where he asked cronies and contractors who do business with the city to stuff his pockets with cash, Tom Weisner announced he is running for Mayor of Aurora again.
Weisner campaign spokesgirl Carie Ergo confirmed months ago he has been piling up cash and trading future favors at taxpayer expense in anticipation of another campaign.
Just a few weeks ago, Wegman Construction, which "coincidentally" gets most city construction contracts, threw a fundraiser for Weisner, "encouraging" subcontractors and others to pay cash so they can be part of the next taxpayer-funded projects.
While Weisner has had two failed terms after spending over TWO BILLION taxdollars, many wondered if he would run again, but instead of starting his luxury retirement with two pensions and piles of cash now, he's choosing to stay in the game and, like most regimes that become addicted to power and greed, exit when he's forced to.
At Thursday's fundraising event, Weisner made his theme clear "it's all about me...Tom Weisner." Thank to him, crime is down. Thanks to him, there's a new park along the river being built for $20 million with no parking and, thanks to him, Aurora has an Irish bar in downtown that cost taxpayers $2 million.
But, what about Weisner's other accomplishments?
Thanks to Weisner, Aurora has higher unemployment, massive increases in property taxes, fees, sales taxes, wild spending, skyrocketing debt and he has made Aurora "second to none" for corruption.
During Weisner's tenure as mayor, Aurora has seen REVERSE economic development with more businesses and jobs fleeing the city.
Despite the city's fiscal crisis, Weisner has spent millions of taxpayer funds on projects to reward cronies such as the Weisner Crime Palace (Aurora Police HQ), RiverEdge Park and the new library.
At the moment, there is no opponent for Weisner. Most believe Alderman Rick Lawerence would have the best opportunity to defeat Weisner, but he is likely to run for Alderman-at-Large due to having a full-time business to run as well.
There are others who have been talked about as possible mayoral candidates or supporters who would like to see them run against Weisner.
From Aurora Housing Authority (AHA) Chairman Little Al Schuler to State Rep. Linda Chapa-LaVia to former Mayor David Pierce, there are people in addition to Lawrence who could defeat Weisner and send him into early retirement.
While those opponents are not likely, his past opponents are also not likely. Richard Irvin, who has twice lost to Weisner, threw all self-respect down the drain and is now supporting Weisner for Mayor because he wants help to run for judge, which would be a disaster for the legal system.
Stephanie Kifowit, who finished dead-last in 2009, traded her soul to Michael Madigan and is running against Pat Fee for State Representative. It's possible Kifowit could still run for mayor after she loses in November, but unlikely since she is a chronic failure.
Alderman Rick Mervine and former Alderman Chris Beykirch are among other names that have been tossed around, but neither are expected to run.
Like Rick Lawrence, State Senator Chris Lauzen has strong support and would likely be able to defeat Weisner, but Lauzen is on track to become Kane County Board Chairman after November.
However, as one viewer noted, "running against Tom Weisner with all his cash, support from unions and cronies might seem like a difficult challenge, but the reality is Weisner is extremely vulnerable, paranoid and sitting on a house of cards that could fall at any second."
Weisner's close buddy and fundraiser, Raghuveer Nayak, was recently arrested by the Feds. Nayak owns the Old Copley Hospital in the 3rd Ward, which has sat vacant and deteriorated under the watch of Weisner and incompetent alderman Stephanie Kifowit.