PI Original Angela Caputo Tuesday January 27th, 2009, 5:02pm

IL-5: Local Minutemen Leader Faces Petition Challenge

All of the anti-immigrant rhetoric and fearmongering spread by Rosanna Pulido of the Illinois Minutemen Project appears to be catching up with her in her GOP bid for the 5th Congressional District seat. Pulido’s sloppy nominating petitions -- which allegedly contain ...

All of the anti-immigrant rhetoric and fearmongering spread by Rosanna Pulido of the Illinois Minutemen Project appears to be catching up with her in her GOP bid for the 5th Congressional District seat.

Pulido’s sloppy nominating petitions -- which allegedly contain hundreds of invalid and mismatched signatures and lack proper notarization -- are facing “a vigorous petition challenge” by Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) director Josh Hoyt, who lives in the 5th District. From a statement issued by Hoyt yesterday:

“For years Ms. Pulido has poisoned the immigration debate with her vitriol, preventing rational debate on reasonable solutions for our broken immigration system. Now it is clear that her demagoguery was only to build a platform for her political ambitions [...]

“If Ms. Pulido’s has not followed the rules and does not have enough valid signatures to be on the ballot, then the 5th CD will be mercifully spared from her hateful rants in pursuit of her own political ambitions.”

Pulido certainly deserves the pushback. Back in 2007, she told a House subcommittee that Chicago is “under siege by illegal aliens who speak Spanish, use public services and take jobs away from citizens.” During a May 2008 appearance on a local radio show, she suggested that the Chicago Police bring AK-47s to an (ultimately peaceful) protest by a group of immigrant rights activists.  She also opposed a bill to allow detained immigrants to receive visits from members of the clergy here in Illinois.  Furthermore, she is the regional field coordinator for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), whose leadership is linked to white nationalist views.

The Cook County Officers Electoral Board will weigh Hoyt's objection, along with other petition challenges in the 5th District race, at a Friday morning hearing.

Come to the 5th Congressional District Democratic candidate forum on Sunday, February 1

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