Cedra Crenshaw (CAN-R) 1, Chicago Machine 0

For a morning palate cleanser, I like to point out a good story that happen yesterday:

Mom 1, Machine 0

State Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi has a fight on his hands, and his Democratic bosses have only made it worse.

Party leaders brought out the big guns to try to blow Republican challenger Cedra Crenshaw off the November ballot for the 43rd District seat. But a Will County judge ruled Wednesday that Crenshaw’s ballot petitions are valid, rejecting the argument contrived by the Democrats who wanted Wilhelmi to coast to victory unopposed.

So she’s officially in the race.

It’s going to be a good one. Once a long shot in a heavily Democratic district, Crenshaw has become a tea party sensation thanks to the heavy-handed tactics of her opponents. Her story line – suburban mom standing up to the Chicago Machine – has scored her plenty of national media attention.

That’s not what the Dems had in mind when they decided to bully her off the ballot. Wilhelmi has said he won’t appeal the judge’s decision. That’s good. Like it or not, it’s time to face the voters.

I don’t know, it could be me, but the Chicago Tribune writer seems openly hostile to AJ Wilhelmi and the Democratic majority on the Will County elections commission. I wouldn’t be surprised if he or she did support Cedra Crenshaw.

I don’t know about you, but there is something to be said about a person who can get on the ballot by petition. I am not going to look down on anyone who paid to get on the ballot, but to go out and ask strangers to to sign a petition is no easy task. Sure it’s easy to do an online petition for a popular subject, but not a ballot petition.

The lesson here for all of us is to not bow to the machine, wherever you are.

[Cross-Posted On Practical State.com]