Update: Kalnicky Stands by Flier on Manley Arrest

The Joliet mayor says the Republican candidate for the 98th District House seat misrepresented the police chief in his most recent campaign literature. Bob Kalnicky said he quoted the chief directly from a newspaper article.

Update/posted at 1 p.m. Oct. 23:

Bob Kalnicky emailed the following response to the story on Mayor Tom Giarrante's complaints about one of his campaign fliers:

On May 9, 2012, a Joliet Herald News article titled “Candidate for state representative arrested” contained the following paragraphs:

Chief Mike Trafton said Manley’s 21-year-old daughter, who also lives at the residence, came into the police station early Tuesday with “facial injuries and bruising,” claiming her mother had attacked her.

“The victim said she had come home from a bonfire and told her mom she had lost her phone. An argument ensued and (Manley) then began to hit her in the face with closed fists, kick her about the body and swing (and strike) at her with a set of keys,” Trafton said.

(Link: http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/news/elections/12417702-418/candidate-for-state-representative-arrested.html)

If the mayor has an issue with Joliet chief of police’s statement, then that would be an issue between the mayor and his chief of police, and the Kalnicky campaign has no comment on that situation.


Original story/posted at 11:30 p.m. Oct. 22:

An angry Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante blasted state representative candidate Bob Kalnicky Monday night, accusing him of mailing campaign literature filled with "false statements and misquoting the city's police chief."

The mayor's complaint centers on Kalnicky's campaign flier delivered Saturday that quotes Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton as "reporting" information about the May arrest of Natalie Manley, Kalnicky's Democratic opponent for the 98th District House seat.

Manley had been arrested on a domestic battery charge stemming from an altercation she had with her adult daughter, but the charges have since been dropped by the special prosecutor appointed to review the case.

Trafton did talk to the media at the time of Manley's arrest, but only recounted the details of both women's statements to police. He did not assess blame other than the fact that Manley had been charged.

“Any attempt to suggest that the chief of police was making a statement of fact about the allegations in the case are false,” Giarrante said in his news release, which was emailed to the media at about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

“Mr. Kalnicky is trying to give credibility to his attacks by misrepresenting the statements of a sworn officer of the law and he should clear the record. Creating fictitious police statements for political gain is far outside the bounds of honest political discourse.”

Giarrante issued the statement on letterhead from re-election committee, not from the city.

A call to Kalnicky has not been returned.

This is not the first allegation of misrepresentation of facts in the race for this seat. Last week, Republican leadership blasted the Democrats for "lying" in campaign literature issued in some of the more heated elections around the state.

In particular, Republican House Leader Tom Cross cited a mailer sent out on Manley's behalf that reads, “Warning: Bob Kalnicky may cause sudden loss of Social Security and Medicare.”

“Explain to me how Bob Kalnicky, a candidate for state rep who gets elected, can cause a sudden loss of Social Security and Medicare,” Cross said during the press conference, according to a story published on Chicago public radio station WBEZ-FM's online site. “He can’t do it!”



George Perros October 23, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Giarrante barley speaks in complete sentences and you really think he wrote this letter? The resident’s of Joliet should be happy the Mayor’s patsy Jim Murphy didn’t send this campaign letter out during City Hall work hours.
Kathy Toms October 23, 2012 at 02:31 PM
From the Herald-News: “The victim said she had come home from a bonfire and told her mom she had lost her phone. An argument ensued and (Manley) then began to hit her in the face with closed fists, kick her about the body and swing (and strike) at her with a set of keys,” Trafton said. Sounds like the police chief did make some sort of statement afterall... Read the news Mr. Mayor.
Ray October 23, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Can someone tell me how Manley got my unlisted phone number and had an automated phone message call me over and over this past weekend to make a statement about her arrest?
Adam October 23, 2012 at 04:06 PM
You know what's fair? The voters not being duped, again. I believe we are so sick of scandal and corruption. Why were the charges dropped? The Herald News and I believe the Patch reported that the charges were dropped and there was something scanalous about the way it was done. That's how the article appeared anyway. I'm not sticking up for either side, but she's playing dirty politics too. She's trying to scare people away from Kalnicky by saying he'll end Social Security and Medicare. THOSE ARE FEDERAL PROGRAMS this is a a STATE office. I'm sick of the attacks from both sides on all levels. One day I will run for office. I will be attacked by my opponent, but I will promise to only promote the things I want to do for the people. I will not attack back. It's disgusting. It's old.
David October 23, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I'm just sorry to see that the Honorable Mayor of Joliet is willing to give an endorsement to a charged child abuser.
Ildteacher October 24, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Maybe the mayor needs to stop worrying about Manley and worry about public safety. With all of these recent shootings and violence it would be great to have more officers on the street, unfortunately instead of budgeting for more officers he budgeted for a new fire truck and promotions for fire fighters, in a time when not all of the fire houses are up and running every day. I guess he is interested more in politics then the safety of his citizens and those that protect it.
DoTheMath.Skeptic October 27, 2012 at 03:25 AM
We have received many mail pieces supporting Manley, paid for by the IL Democratic Party (shown in the return address). The pieces are extremely deceptive, claiming she will "stop the spending" and reform what "the politicians" in Springfield are doing. "The Springfield Politicians" are the very ones paying for the mailings, claiming she will fight THEM. Unbelievable!! Wake up residents! If Manley is elected, she is a vote to support Mike Madigan and his corrupt death-grip on Illinois.
Joliet Girl October 27, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I love Manley's television commercial where she says something about being a SINGLE MOM AND HOW HARD SHE HAD TO WORK. Maybe bringing her MOMness up isn't such a wise move. Its just too funny!!!!! (Moms do work hard and also get ticked at their teenagers) Gotta love politics.


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