Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Tom Balanoff and SEIU tries to intervene in Vallas residency case

Kristen McQueary has the scoop (at least for me) on a development in Paul Vallas' case for declaratory judgment on his residency status in Illinois.

As you'll recall, Paul Vallas' brother and other campaign advisers have asked a Cook County judge to decide whether Vallas is a legal resident of Illinois or not. Yesterday, Tom Balanoff of SEIU (the biggest labor supporter of Governor Blagojevich and the driver of the Change To Win Coalition) asked to get involved to convince the judge not to consider Paul Vallas a resident of Illinois.

Presumably, Balanoff would try to introduce evidence that Vallas should be considered a Pennsylvania resident instead of an Illinois resident. He would almost certainly be a more aggressive litigant than Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office.

According to McQueary's article, the case was scheduled to be heard this Friday.

Anyone have a case number?


MDS said...

Haven't the courts already ruled that you're a resident of whatever state you say you're a resident of? Dick Cheney wanted to be Bush's running mate so he just started calling himself a resident of Wyoming even though he was in reality a resident of Texas. Same with Mitt Romney, who talked at every opportunity about how proud he was to be a resident of Utah, then all of a sudden called himself a resident of Massachusetts just in time to run for governor. I could name many others, but I think you get the point.

Anonymous said...

Why would you want an "aggressive" litigant, Dan? I thought you were all for ballot access. You've sold out, dude.

Dan Johnson-Weinberger said...

Read my post again. I didn't say I wanted an aggressive litigant. I mentioned the fact that Balanoff would be a more aggressive litigant. So take it easy with your insults. . . .dude.