The central committee of the Cook County Democratic Party is expected to vote Friday on whether to withdraw the party's endorsement of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown.
The full party leadership is reconsidering the endorsement in light of reports that Brown is under federal investigation in connection to a land deal involving herself, her husband and one of her campaign donors. The feds reportedly took Brown's cell phone earlier this month as part of their investigation.
In discussing the central committee's upcoming meeting on Brown's endorsement, Cook County Assessor and Democratic Chairman Joe Berrios said, "We feel that this is a decision that has to be made by the entire party because of the fact when we voted, we voted as one, and that decision (on Brown's endorsement) should come from everyone."
"Our recommendation is we all meet and we all talk about this and then make a decision on Friday. If there is a vote to take away the endorsement, we also will hear from new potential candidates who would like to have our endorsement for that office," Berrios added, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Chicago Alds. Michelle Harris (8th) and Walter Burnett (27th) as well as Jacob Meister, an attorney, are reportedly interested in landing the party's support for the position.