John Flaherty, who describes himself as a retired teacher representing the 36,000-plus members on the Illinois Retired Teachers Association Legislative and PAC committees and is on the IRTA Board of Directors, is fed up with lying politicians.
In a letter to the editor of QCOnline he set out how Mike Jacobs asked for their endorsement promising “he would oppose any legislation that would diminish our pensions” and in part, on that basis the IRTA endorsed him in 2012.
Well, surprise, surprise!
“When SB1 was called Mr. Jacobs not only voted for it, but he even made a speech on the floor of the senate urging others to support it. Shame on you Mike Jacobs! You not only voted for bills that underfunded our pension system but now you want to reduce our pensions.”
The result of this betrayal and duplicity caused the IRTA to change its rules on endorsing incumbents only, and is now endorsing Neil Anderson, “a sincere young man”.
A few things here:
1. Mike Jacobs has no shame and has demonstrated that fact over and over since his selection in ’05.
2. This is the first time I can remember anyone mentioning the fact that Mike famously crowed that he had voted for stiffing the pensions at Blago’s behest as far back as ’05.
3. It is refreshing to see an organization actually endorse on the basis of the voting record of a candidate, rather than just march lockstep with the status quo, shrugging and saying “but that’s how it’s always been done”.
So bravo to IRTA for taking a stand and actually holding a politician accountable for his actions.