I recently got an anti-Dolar mailer from Brewer, and felt the need to respond to the accusations made. Here are the three allegations made against Dolar on that mailer, and the truth behind them:
Statement 1: Dolar has connections to the "Machine" because she was on the Chicago Commission on Human Relations.
Truth: Dolar was on the CCHR, but it was in that capacity that she accomplished the removal of 24-hour parking meters illegally placed on Devon Ave. by Bernie Stone. That achievement does not sound like the product of machine politics.
Statement 2: Dolar has a family member on the city's payroll - her husband, a Chicago police officer.
Truth:Yes, Dolar's husband is a cop. Is that a bad thing? Is Brewer saying every single Chicagoan with a family member who risks their safety to protect the rest of us is ... corrupt and unfit for public office?
Statement 3: Dolar started an organization to encourage job placement among minorities while she worked for the city, and therefore abused her city position.
Truth: Dolar, in her personal time, started the organization referred to. But simply because she started the organization while she was working for the city doesn't make it an abuse of power. If that were an abuse of power, then all off-duty Chicago cops who moonlight as private security guards are abusing their city positions.