Thursday, February 01, 2007

Patty O'Furniture - Judge Out Of District #2

Well there goes my dream now that they are on to us.

Hoping to stop lawyers from adopting Irish names to run for judge, Gov. Blagojevich has signed a bill requiring candidates who have changed their names within three years before running to have a "formerly known as" under their name.

The law excuses candidates who changed their names due to marriage, divorce or adoption.

State Rep. John Fritchey IV (D-Chicago) proposed the change after the Sun-Times revealed that attorney Frederick S. Rhine changed his name to "Patrick M. O'Brien" to run for judge.

He followed in a long line of attorneys who adopted their mothers' maiden names or just adopted an Irish name such as "Fitzgerald" to run even though they had not a drop of Irish blood.

Rhine changed his name in October 2005 but in the end did not run as O'Brien in 2006 judicial elections.

I had no idea people pulled such a stunt. This will make the next ballots look a lot more messy.

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