Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2016-09-28
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

POLITICAL RACES Steans' husband confronts Madigan in bar
by Andrew Davis
2009-12-16

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


One of the most intriguing political races in Illinois took a strange turn after the husband of Democratic state Sen. Heather Steans confronted challenger Jim Madigan in an Andersonville nightspot Dec. 10.

According to a press release, lobbyist Leo Smith, Steans' husband, went to a pro-Madigan fundraiser held at The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr, an LGBT dance bar. ( Madigan is openly gay. ) The press release stated, "Leo Smith came to the bar, passed by the check-in table, and hid in the back corner of the bar. Smith sat at the bar for an hour drinking and appeared disheveled. ... Madigan quietly mentioned to his campaign manager that the man at the bar was staring at him strangely and looked a lot like Senator Steans' husband. At one point, Smith arose from the bar and disappeared into the men's room for about [ 10 ] minutes."

The release then stated that Smith approached Madigan as the latter was speaking with U.S. Senate candidate Jacob Meister. After Smith introduced himself and Madigan acknowledged him, Smith then said, "I'm not here for your event! I know you think you're gonna get famous with all your BULLSHIT! But those things are about me!" After Madigan said, 'I don't want to be famous," Smith responded, "I was in Iowa for two weeks!" Smith then said a series of fragments: "I was in Iowa for Barack Obama! I've helped kids. I'm a progressive, and I've believed in those things. And you're attacking my wife!"

Then, according to the release, Smith and Madigan talked about everything from Gov. Rod Blagojevich to gay rights. About the latter issue, Smith allegedly taunted Madigan, saying, "You've done so much for gay rights. You need to spend a little more time working. You can't even get the endorsement of the ones you worked for!" ( In response to that, Madigan said, "You're right. I can't afford to sponsor every gay organization's gala and buy tables at them like you." )

Eventually, Madigan's staffers moved in and separated the two. Smith eventually left the bar.

Madigan was characteristically candid with Windy City Times Dec. 13, describing the situation as "tacky." He said that "the part of it that gets me a little annoyed is that these folks are not rogue [ people ] who interrupt other people; they live in high society and go to every sort of elite function around. The fact that they're willing to come to our little event, camp out there and cause a little scene show some type of mentality—like they couldn't give the common decency you'd give someone else. ... You know they'd never do that to anyone of any social significance.

"This is not what progressive, liberal Democrats do, in terms of how they interact with competition and challenge. This is what old-style, machine, intimidation-type politics is about. I hope this is actually a little revealing to [ people ] . They feel they're entitled to their seat; this is their approach."

Madigan also talked about the veracity of his own claims: "Everything we're saying is documented; it's all available on public record. Thousands of dollars to Blagojevich. I'm not making up Carol Ronen retiring two weeks before a deadline so Heather could walk right into that seat. They don't like that someone questions them."

Madigan said that he was momentarily concerned about his own safety, but there are no lingering worries. ( The following day, Madigan added that neither Steans nor Smith had contacted him to apologize. )

When asked for her reaction, Steans e-mailed Windy City Times, "While chivalry may not be dead, in this case it surely looks stupid. Leo should not have been at the back of the room of Jim Madigan's event, even if it was in a public place, and had no business talking to Jim at this event. I will continue to focus on presenting my legislative record and discussing the many critical issues facing the 7th District."


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

On the Table conversations yeild insights into issues Chicagoans care about 2016-09-29
National roundup: Emergency shelters, Pulse aftermath, immigrant project 2016-09-27
World news: Mexico and marriage, N. Ireland petition, Oscar Wilde 2016-09-27
Some states' voter ID laws may block tens of thousands of transgender voters 2016-09-27
Clinton underscores LGBT rights to win over millenials 2016-09-25
President Obama presents National Medals of the Arts and Humanities 2016-09-22
Presidential debate viewing party Sept. 26 2016-09-21
A Wider Bridge reception Sept. 28 2016-09-21
Chicago event launches Victory Fund milestone celebrations 2016-09-21
National roundup: Pence in lawsuit, #BiWeek, trans murders 2016-09-21
Book focuses on Robert Kennedy's liberal evolution 2016-09-20
President Obama to award National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal 2016-09-20
Trump sparks concern, suspicion among LGBT Russians 2016-09-18
Remarks by President Obama to Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner 2016-09-18
'Working in America' launches at Washington Library 2016-09-14
Cook County Dems target Trump 2016-09-14
Swimming upstream for Black votes 2016-09-14
National roundup: Tim Kaine, Trevor Project, Streisand's fundraiser 2016-09-13
World: Paralympic athlete, intersex activists, gay Russian candidates 2016-09-13
Chelsea Manning to get gender affirming surgery 2016-09-13
White House: 2015 household income rose, poverty rate and uninsured rate fell 2016-09-13
Quigley pushes for transgender equality at the VA 2016-09-13
Anti-gay U.S. pastor Steven Anderson barred from entering South Africa 2016-09-13
Presidential debate viewing party at Sidetrack 2016-09-08
Pride Fund Endorses Hillary Clinton for President 2016-09-06
Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly dies 2016-09-05
HRC: New Nonpartisan Poll Shows Majority of Americans oppose anti-equality laws 2016-09-05
Colombian Political Parties Talk Inclusion with LGBTI Advocates 2016-09-01
NW Indiana Gay Straight Coalition formed 2016-09-01
Voting rights groups to court: Protect voting opportunities for November election 2016-08-31
Multicultural Leadership cohorts announced 2016-08-31
Hillary Clinton statement on National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce endorsement 2016-08-26
World news: Irish politician, trans murder, sports items 2016-08-23
National roundup: Proposition 63, Red Wing leaving, onePULSE event 2016-08-23
Rep. Cassidy introduces legislation protecting parks from Pokeman play 2016-08-23
G-PAC hosts discussion on LGBTQs and gun laws 2016-08-19
LGBTQ Advocates Welcome Justice Department's Decision to Nix Use of Private Prisons 2016-08-18
Martinez named to Equality Council post 2016-08-17
National roundup: Chelsea Manning, political items, Justice Roy Moore 2016-08-16
World news: Eddie Izzard, Qatari op-ed, Annie Lennox 2016-08-16
 



Copyright © 2016 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.

www.windycitymediagroup.com
[email protected]  •  [email protected]  •  [email protected]

Website Powered by LoveYourWebsite.com