State’s Attorney James Glasgow was the victim of an unconventional late-election trick over the weekend, as signs sprang up across Joliet that appeared to show the four-term incumbent was campaigning with embattled U.S. Congressman
, campaign officials said tonight.
The problem for Democrat Glasgow, who is running against Republican attorney Dave Carlson of Plainfield, is that Jackson has done no campaigning since the summer, when he began in-patient treatment for mental health problems and federal authorities began probing his campaign finances.
Long before that, Jackson has been at odds with his Democratic colleagues in Will County, including Glasgow, over the need for a third airport in the south suburbs. Local
have tried to muddy
in Will County by linking them to Democrats in neighboring Cook County.
Signs with Jackson’s and Glasgow’s names, bracketed by the slogans “Your Will County TEAM…” and “Working Together for YOU!” began popping up in the Joliet area Sunday night, said Glasgow spokesman Chuck Pelkie, who said he had to pull out one posted next to the official Glasgow sign in his own yard.
“I spent the better part of my Sunday pulling them out wherever I saw them and learned that the private property owner — most of them were on private property, next to our signs — did not want them there,” Pelkie said. “(Glasgow) has never even met the Congressman… the Congressman has his own troubles to deal with on his own.”
A Carlson campaign spokesman denied involvement with the signs but noted that Glasgow and Jackson both are Democrats.
Pelkie said Glasgow’s workers removed “hundreds” of signs, which had no markings to indicate who paid for them or where they were printed.
“This is politics at its lowest,” Pelkie said. “It’s deceptive. It’s a new low.”