Greens Nancy Wade turning up heat on Rep Quigley

From Examiner.com:

Green Party nominee and Quigley opponent, Nancy Wade, isn’t the type to go all the way to Washington DC just to sit around and be a quiet rubber-stamp for gridlock-producing party leaders.

‘Our country is in crisis and to solve our problems we must get our priorities straight,’ Wade says on her campaign website, ‘There are no shortages of viable, progressive solutions to the economic and environmental challenges facing us. What is lacking is political fortitude. We need champions for the solutions we know exist, champions who are not beholden to corporate donors.’

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Examiner.com, Oct 6, 2012

Chicago. The US 5th Congressional District spans Chicago’s north and northwest sides, and continues out into the suburbs. And if the Green Party’s nominee for Congress has anything to say about it, she’s going to ring doorbells and talk to voters in every inch of it. Nancy Wade is a battle-hardened political activist for a number of progressive causes who is giving incumbent Rep. Mike Quigley a run for his money.

Illinois’ 5th US Congressional District

The 5th US Congressional District in Illinois is as much known for the famous Democratic Representatives that have held the seat, as it is for the crimes they’ve committed. First, the all-powerful Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee – Dan Rostenkowski – was indicted. Media magnate and convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was another Congressman from Illinois’ 5th Congressional District. And let’s not forget the globally-connected Chicago Mayor and Obama buddy Rahm Emanuel, also a former IL CD 5 Congressman.

With all the big-name past 5th District Congressmen, current incumbent Mike Quigley (D-IL) has barely been noticed since first being elected in 2009. Once thought of as a reformer, Quigley seems to have found a comfortable home among his fellow Chicago Machine Democrats, a political block that at one time was his adversary.

Nancy Wade

Green Party nominee and Quigley opponent, Nancy Wade, isn’t the type to go all the way to Washington DC just to sit around and be a quiet rubber-stamp for gridlock-producing party leaders.

‘Our country is in crisis and to solve our problems we must get our priorities straight,’ Wade says on her campaign website, ‘There are no shortages of viable, progressive solutions to the economic and environmental challenges facing us. What is lacking is political fortitude. We need champions for the solutions we know exist, champions who are not beholden to corporate donors.’

One month ago, Wade was detailed in this column as one of four independent and opposition party challengers running for Congress in Illinois that could shock the political establishment. Read ‘Independents pose Threat in 4 IL Congressional Races’ for details. Since then, the Green Party hopeful has only stepped up the pressure.

In our previous write-up, this author describes Nancy Wade by calling her, ‘a battle-hardened social and political activist who brings her experience and passion to this Chicago north side race. From the feminist movement of the 70’s, to MoveOn.org and Occupy Wall Street, Wade always seems to be in the middle of the action.’

Events, events and more events

When we say that Wade always seems to be in the middle of the action, it’s no coincidence. The Energizer Bunny of independent and opposition politics, Wade has a slew of campaign events scheduled for this weekend and into next week. And showing her political skills, each one brings her army of supporters and volunteers together to engage and talk to voters. From the near north side, to the far northwest side, and out to the western suburbs, voters will have plenty of opportunities to meet Green Party Congressional candidate Nancy Wade.

Event schedule

For voters who would like to meet 5th Congressional District nominee Nancy Wade, or for supporters who would like to volunteer some of their time and energy, the candidate will be holding numerous literature distribution efforts over the next few days. Volunteers are encouraged to come out and participate. And as the campaign keeps saying, ‘no experience necessary’. Like the citizen-candidate herself, Wade encourages all voters to get involved in the election process.

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