Last Blago Defender Under Investigation for Petition Violation

-By Warner Todd Huston

Poor Deborah Mell can’t catch a break. First she was the lone defender of former Governor Rod Blagojevich during the state legislature’s impeachment procedures earlier this year and now she may lose her seat over a “glitch” in the filing of her nominating petitions.

State election laws require that a candidate be registered to vote at the same address that is claimed as that candidate’s primary residence. Unfortunately for Mell, she is not registered to vote at the address she claims is her primary residence.

Mell’s rival for the 40th District seat, Joe Laiacona, filed a complaint with the Chicago Board of Elections. Apparently, Laiacona took a page out of Barack Obama’s Chicago Way book. If you can’t beat your opponent in a fair election, find the lacuna in an opponents petitions that violates election law and get your opponent thrown off the ballot!

Mell is the sister of Rod Blagojevish’s wife, Patti and daughter of long-time Chicago powerman Alderman Dick Mell (33rd) of Chicago.

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as,,,,, Human Events Magazine,, and the New Media Journal, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. Warner is also the editor of the Cook County Page for

He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

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