Teen Aldermanic Candidate Says '800 Pound Elephant' Trying To Crush Him

Mike Krauser
December 07, 2018 - 11:19 am

Photo courtesy of David Krupa


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A 19-year-old DePaul student who’s running for alderman of the 13th Ward, is accusing House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political organization of massive fraud concerning petition signatures. 

This is a David and Goliath story of epic proportions. 

David Krupa said he's been told, that "this is the 800-pound elephant that they’re trying to crush you with."

Krupa is challenging 13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn. 

The 13th Ward is home to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and his 13th Ward democratic political organization.  

Krupa said the number of people who signed affidavits saying they wanted to revoke their signatures on his petitions far exceeded the number of signatures he collected.  By more than 2,000.  And the challenges were filed before his petitions were. 

Krupa said opposition political operatives were pounding the pavement and pressuring people sign affidavits revoking their signatures, whether they signed his petitions or not.

"I think they told their precinct captains, ‘go out there and get as many of these things as you can by any means necessary,’ and sometimes that means lying to people,” Krupa said.   

“We filed 1,1703 signatures, but the revocations alone that they filed, before we even filed our petitions, numbered at  2,796, and out of that number only 187 are actually out of our petitions.” 

Krupa's attorney, Michael Dorf, calls it "massive, epic fraud." 

WBBM Newsradio asked Alderman Marty Quinn for comment, as well as Michael Kasper, the attorney for the political organization.  

Neither has responded.     

The Board of Elections said the number of revoked signatures if unprecedented. A hearing is scheduled before the election board.