Furious over petition challenge, Ja’Mal Green slams Willie Wilson’s Rauner ties

SHARE Furious over petition challenge, Ja’Mal Green slams Willie Wilson’s Rauner ties
rauner_willie.jpg

A new YouTube ad for Ja’Mal Green’s mayoral campaign slams rival Willie Wilson (right) for supporting Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Wilson has filed a ballot petition challenge against Green. | Screenshot

Furious about Willie Wilson’s attempt to knock him off the ballot, Ja’Mal Green is fighting back—by attacking Wilson as a Republican and tying Wilson to outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner and President Donald Trump.

On Monday, Green released an attack ad that will be posted on YouTube and other social media sites.

It opens with the words, “Willie Wilson, a Republican for mayor?” That’s followed by a clip of Wilson at a podium declaring that he voted for Rauner, who was overwhelmingly defeated by Democrat J.B. Pritzker.

As the background music plays the song “Thank You For Being a Friend,” the ad shows two still photos of Rauner and Wilson yukking it up.

That’s followed by a clip of Rauner saying: “Dr. Wilson and I are friends. We’ve been friends for quite a while. We’ve worked closely together.” In a second video clip, Rauner is quoted as saying he gave Wilson “another $100,000 at his request” to distribute to homeowners struggling to pay their property taxes.

Wilson is then shown handing out cash at a church, followed by a clip declaring, “I voted for Donald Trump for President.”

The ad closes with the words, “Rich guys stick together. Bad for Chicago.”

Wilson made no apologies for his friendship with Rauner.

“Bruce helped me get the bill signed for misdemeanor non-violence — for getting those kids out of jail. He helped with property taxes. And I appreciate what he’s done,” Wilson said.

“Ja’Mal is just mad because of the ballot situation. … Everybody has to follow the rules set for running for mayor. … Rahm Emanuel challenged me four years ago. I spent a lot of money trying to defend that. I didn’t holler about it. I just kept going until we won.”

Wilson acknowledged that he voted for both Rauner and Trump. But, that doesn’t mean he would be a “Republican mayor.”

“People know my record in the community. I’ve been Democratic all my life. And I’m gonna stay Democratic. I’m not planning on changing to Republican,” Wilson said.

“Ninety-eight percent of my life, I’ve been a Democrat. … If you look at my record of contributions, I’ve donated to a lot of Democratic candidates. I ran as a Democrat for the president of the United States.”

Green countered that Wilson can’t run from his friendship with Rauner. You judge a man by the company he keeps, Green said.

“His values are rich. His values isn’t everyday citizens. His values isn’t democracy. His values isn’t those who are at the bottom. Or he wouldn’t have supported people who stripped the funding for those who are starving,” Green said.

“Look at what Bruce Rauner did as the governor. How he stripped funding from day care and mental health services and those who really needed service in the community. [Wilson] still stood next to him. He still rallied around him during his election. Took him to churches. Accepted donations and gave his money out at churches. … We can’t have him being loyal to those who really don’t care about the community.”

As for the petition challenge, Green claims he filed roughly 15,000 signatures. Wilson’s challenges would reduce that to 11,500, which is 1,000 below the mandatory minimum.

“His plan from the beginning was to challenge black candidates. It’s not about signatures. … It’s rich vs. poor. It’s rich vs. the 99 percent,” Green said.

“[Even] if you have a candidate who files great petition signatures, you have rich people who can challenge them and drag them to court to drain their resources. … They want to drain our money so that, if we make the ballot, it’ll be [so late it’s] time to vote. Now we don’t even have resources to campaign.”

The Latest
Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Jazmine Sullivan were some of the celebs speaking out on the stage.
Fowles was drafted No. 2 overall by the Sky in 2008 and played for them for seven seasons before being dealt to the Lynx in 2015.
Courtney Vandersloot hit a three-pointer as time expired, and the Sky prevailed 88-85. Vandersloot led the Sky with 18 points. Candace Parker added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Emma Meesseman scored 15 points.
Contreras had three RBI and drove in the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning Sunday.
While incarcerated on a gun conviction, Devon Harper allegedly admitted to an unrelated fatal shooting in 2020. He was arrested Friday when he was paroled from the Menard Correctional Center.