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Although Rockford Democratic Mayor Doug Scott, independent mayoral candidate Larry Morrissey and Republican candidate Gloria Cardenas Cudia have different views concerning how to govern the city, all agree Scott will have an influx of campaign workers from outside the region to canvass for him during the last days of the campaign. Exactly how many volunteers will be here was estimated at between 10 to 15 one day and 10 to 15 the next day, according to Thomas O. Meyer, Scotts campaign manager.
James Thacker, Morrisseys campaign manager, speculated that number of campaign workers may add up to several hundred workers by the April 5 election. However, Thacker said the workers will not influence the outcome of the election. Thacker declined to comment on what actions the Morrissey campaign will enact to counter the efforts by Scotts workers from outside the area.
Thacker said he expects the last-minute influx of workers because he alleged the same tactic was employed in the 2001 electionthe last time Morrrissey and Scott squared off in a bid for the mayoral position. Thacker added that state Democrats plan to contribute $20,000 to Scotts campaign is a good sign that Doug Scott is in trouble.
Meyer replied that Thackers comment about campaign employees or volunteers from outside the area working for Scott means the Morrissey campaign is in trouble.
As of March 21, state records do not indicate such a donation to Scotts campaign by the Illinois Democratic Party, which is chaired by House Speaker Michael Madigan.
However, one of Scotts campaign workers, Mike Cassidy, is being paid through Madigans campaign fund. Cassidy confirmed the source of the financing, and said he is on unpaid leave from his state job while he is working for Scott. Cassidy added that all his state benefits and insurance have ceased during this time, but the lost benefits and insurance are being compensated by Madigans campaign.
Meyer said he hasnt had any contact with Madigan or anyone from his office concerning campaign workers. However, he did say Scotts campaign had help in the 2001 election from former State Rep. Thomas J. Dart (D-28, Chicago). Dart is no longer employed as an elected state official.
Im sure well have volunteers from outside the area, Meyer said. Meyer is an attorney for the Rockford Housing Authority and agent for the Rockford Housing Development Corporation, who has been involved in Democratic mayoral campaigns since the 1970s when he was a Rockford alderman.
Cudia said of Scotts out-of-town workers: Thats what teamwork is all about. I would prefer more Rockfordians, but what can you do? I could make other remarks, but that wouldnt change anything.
Whether the Democratic campaign workers from outside the area will tip the election in Scotts favor will be for voters to determine on April 5.