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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 22, 1912, Image 11',
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THE ROTTEN WORKINGS.QF COOK COUNTY POLITICS
The workings of Cook county
politics are strange and inyster
ious, not to say rotten. '
Shortly after election, tlje real
Democrats of Cook coujity got
together and painfully surveyed
the results, which mjght be tabu
Mated as follows:
Andy Lawrence's candidate iqr
president of the county board
Andy Lawrence's candidate for
'state's attorney elected by the
skin of bis teeth -and-with a con
test on his hands.
Andy Lawrence's candidate fpr
chief justice of the municipal
These things, in thcyear of the
great Democratic sweep, were
enough to make any Deniocrat
pause and consider, -
Cook county Democrats.pau.sed
and considered, and decidei'that
'Andy Lawrence was through in
About the sajne time- it . oc
curred to them that-Carter r H.
Harrison had been1 tied up vyith
Andy Lawrence so-long? that'the
people had lost faith in Harrison.
So the Democrats -cst 'around
'for another possible Denjpcratic
candidate for mayor in 1914.
The lightning did not strike
-anyone definitely, 'but it hovered
very closely around .Robert M.
Sweitzer, present county cletk.
These things doubtless came to
the ears of Andy Lawrence. Any
how, see how that egg has
Wednesday, one' Maurice Law
rence marched up to the county
civil service commission and filed
charges .against Johiv P. Tansey,
cashier Of the county court
These charges were that Tan
sey, pn behalf of himself and Rob
ert M Sweitzer, had solicited and
accepted a bribe qf $300. Attach
ed to the charged was a cancelled
check'for $300 written by Law
fence aid endorsed by bpth Tan
sey and Sweitzer.
Now mark the connections in
Tansey is not involved alone.
He is involved with his chief,
Robert M. Sweitzer.
Sweier is the man the real
Democrats are considering as a
candidate fpr the nomination
agajnst any straw man put up by
Andy Lawrende in 1$14.
Maurice Lawrence, wh d
brought the charges, is a north
west side saloonkeeper. He was
pandidgte for county commis
sioner at the spring primaries. He!
Says 'he gave Tansey the $300 to
get Sweitzer to put his name
among the first-ten 'on the long
list of candidates.
But the past of Maurice Law
rence is much more interesting
than his present.
Maurice Lawrence formerly
was ai cheap saloonkeeper in the;
Maxwell street district.
He was a Democratic bailiff of
the old police court until Mayor
Dunne got -wise to him and fired
him for inefficiency. ,.
He was a candidate for alder
man from the old Ninth ward on
the Hearst-Lawrence so-called in-
dependent ticket in 1907