Mayoral Candidates Forum Gets a Bit Nasty

January 31, 2011  |  

(Chicago Sun Times) — The gloves came off during a mayoral candidates forum at Trinity United Church of Christ Sunday afternoon when candidate Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins questioned opponent former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun’s commitment to working with Chicago’s African-American communities and Moseley Braun responded by calling her a former crack addict.  “Carol Moseley Braun hasn’t been around for 20 years,” said Watkins, a community activist, prompting a verbal response from the crowd in the church. “We haven’t seen her.” Moseley Braun, allowed to answer later, listed her public service and told Watkins, “You were strung out on crack. I was starting a business on the South Side. I was hiring people.”

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