Martwick accused of bullying critics on Facebook
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) is facing allegations of attempting to bully critics from the 19th District by posting information about them online.
With less than a week remaining before voters take to the polls on March 20 to determine his fate against primary challenger Jeffrey Laporte, Martwick is being accused of turning to dirty politics in hopes of coming out on top.
On a City Workers Present and Past Facebook group page, Joanz Ejay posted a comment Martwick has long been in bed with Chicago Alderman John Arena and now appears to have taken “a page out of Arenas book on how to suppress citizens that oppose them." Ejay's post was accompanied by images of comments by Rob Martwick that included individuals' voting records.
In a Second City Cop blog post, a fellow critic blasted Martwick’s alleged ploy as “Stalin-esque” in nature.
Ejay on Facebook went on to encourage North Side residents to fight back against “these gestapo tactics” by showing up in mass at the polls to oust Martwick.
Meanwhile, Laporte has recently gained the public support of several neighborhood groups and community leaders, including Chicago Police Lt. John Garrido.
“Please remember when our community asked state Rep. Martwick to stand with us against Ald. Arena and his extreme density project at 5150 N. Northwest Highway, Martwick decided to remain silent and stand with Arena,” Garrido recently posted to Facebook. “Jeff has lived in our community for almost two decades with his wife of 16 years and their three children. So if you are pulling a Democrat ballot in this election, please consider Jeff.”
Laporte, who holds a master’s degree in public safety from Lewis University, is running on a platform of fiscal responsibility and tax reform.