The Cook County Democratic Party has pulled its endorsement of Dorothy Brown for circuit court clerk in light of a federal investigation into a land deal in which she was involved.
At a meeting of the full committee of 80 democrats at Chicago's Erie Club, Brown pleaded her case, stating that she was simply under investigation and that such probes are commonplace and could have been incited by an opponent or disgruntled party. She also argued that her endorsement was a contract that cannot be breached.
"I would say the endorsement of me is like a contract, because when I paid that $25,000 and the party actually cashed that check, that created a contract," Brown said Friday. "Robert's rules says you cannot rescind a contract. That's one motion you cannot rescind."
Despite her plea, the committeemen opted to rescind Brown's endorsement. The group then gave their backing to Chicago Ald. Michelle Harris (8th).