According to a Sun-Times report on Wednesday, Chicago Alderman Carrie Austin of Chicago’s 34th Ward now claims that her disparaging words regarding United States Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois’s debilitating stroke were not what she had actually said previously.
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Last week, Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican senator representing Illinois, said that he believed the arrest of some-18,000 Gangster Disciples gang members in Chicago would help alleviate the horrendous crime and murder record in Chicago – which has obviously plagued the city too long.
Immediately, United States Rep. Bobby Rush made a racist comment saying that Kirk’s idea was an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.” Opponents of Rep. Rush and his words against Kirk were quick to note that Rush has been an elected official for many years in a very troubled part of Chicago and, they say, nothing has improved with his leadership as the area is still ridden with violent, criminal activity and a high murder rate.
Following the harsh wording cast upon Sen. Kirk by Rep. Rush, Alderman Carrie Austin of Chicago dumped more harsh words on the Illinois senator by suggesting on Tuesday that Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk may have been affected by his stroke when he proposed the rounding up and incarcerating gang members as the way to deal with Chicago’s bad neighborhoods. After being called out for her cruel criticism of Kirk – who has reportedly been left somewhat physically impaired but not mentally impaired by his stroke a year ago last January – Austin now says she was given a “flagrant misrepresentation” by the press.
After severe criticism over the past day, in a prepared statement, a defensive Chicago Alderman Carrie Austin said:
I want to let people know that my late husband died of a massive heart attack, and I dare not take any occasion to make mockery of any potentially debilitating or fatal medical ailment. The newsworthy content is that Senator Kirk and Congressman Rush will meet to discuss, addressing the rising homicides, violence and anti-social behaviors happening around the country and specifically on the streets of Chicago. I strongly hold to the merit that money well-spent must include resources that will soundly deter the lure of crime gripping our communities in both the short- and long-term. No further comment.
Though the alderman says “no further comment,” tongues are still wagging, to say the least. When Austin was confronted before the Chicago City Council meeting started on Wednesday – with a recording of her own words on a recording – she reportedly said, in anger, that she would not discuss the matter any further. Yet, in spite the recorded proof, she insisted that a Chicago Sun-Times reporter had misinterpreted her and further instructed the reporter via a verbal command: “Get away from me.”
Austin is a four-term alderman representing Chicago’s 34th Ward on the city’s far South Side. She was appointed by former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley on August 5, 1994, to finish her late husband’s term. Her husband was Chicago Alderman Lemuel Austin. Presently, Carrie Austin is the chairman of the Chicago City Council’s Budget Committee.