GOP Candidate Turns the Tables on the Daily Herald at Endorsement Interview

Last week, the Chicago Tribune endorsed liberal Republican Judy Baar Topinka over her opponent, William J. Kelly without calling in the candidate for an interview. Topinka lost the last Illinois governor’s race to Rod Blagojevich even though voters were aware of his administration’s corruption. Kelly’s campaign says the Chicago Tribune endorsement board never telephoned or followed-up and never emailed the campaign’s website email or publicist to schedule an interview.

Kelly has also faced off against media bias at major regional Illinois newspaper, the Daily Herald. Mr. Kelly confronted a Daily Herald reporter at the recent endorsement session with video here. In the (all substance unedited) video , at 2:25, you can see Kelly’s two opponents, Judy Baar Topinka and Jim Dodge, leave the room together. Kelly has charged that Dodge is a stalking horse to benefit the Topinka campaign in the February 2nd election. Dodge has contributed financially to Topinka’s campaign as well as regularly contributing thousands of dollars to liberal Democrats.  

STATEMENT BY WILLIAM J. KELLY, GOP candidate for comptroller

“Its very difficult for people outside of Chicago to understand how we could possibly elect someone like Rod Blagojevich, or how Rahm Emmanuel, David Axelrod, or Barack Obama could have so much influence. Vladimir Lenin once said that ‘the best way to control the opposition is to lead it.’ The mainstream media has done their very best to promote liberal Democrat candidates and shut out a conservative message at every turn.”

 “The Chicago Tribune is guilty of sloppy journalism at best and media bias at worst. If I had been a candidate they were planning to endorse, the Chicago Tribune would have actually done its job. In this case and probably others, they didn’t. It doesn’t surprise me that so many newspapers around the country are failing. People have lost faith in journalism and so have I. Journalism is truly dead.”

 In response to his critics in the media and political opponents who have launched a smear campaign, Kelly has also released a web documentary, “A Conservative in Chicago,” which is as much a tribute to unsung Americans everywhere who have been standing up this year as it is an indictment against media bias.

 View the web documentary, “A Conservative in Chicago” – parts 1 and 2:

 William J. Kelly is running on a platform to be Illinois’ first “activist” comptroller. He is the former executive director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois. He is also an entrepreneur with an Emmy award-winning TV production company and currently hosts the multi-state sports TV series, “Sportsaholic.” For information, visit


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