Watkins to Braun: Apologize for ‘Strung out on Crack’ Comment
(Chicago Sun Times) — If a candidate blew his cool in the race for Chicago mayor, it was supposed to be Rahm Emanuel, the guy with the hair-trigger temper, the take-no-prisoners style and the vocabulary laced with four-letter words. Instead, it’s former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun. She’s the one getting down and dirty, levying allegations that sometimes don’t match the facts. The latest example was Braun’s surprise attack against rival Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins during a candidate forum Sunday. Braun hit back — below the belt — after Watkins dared to say that Braun “hasn’t been around for 20 years” and that Watkins “did not even know the woman lived in the city” because she hadn’t heard Braun’s “voice out there on the street.” “Patricia, the reason you did not know where I was for the last 20 years is because you were strung out on crack,” Braun retorted.