CHICAGO - In 2010, Chicago police officer Frederick Collins challenged Democrat Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. In 2012, Collins ran in the 1st CD Republican primary, to be defeated by Blue Island Mayor Don Peloquin.
Four months later, Collins' Facebook page indicates he has abandoned the Republican Party and is actively supporting Barack Obama's re-election. Collins posted the following photo with former Senate President Emil Jones at the Obama headquarters on July 21, 2012. He wrote:
I ask that we all take the time to volunteer and help keep our "PRESIDENT OBAMA" in office. YES WE CAN 4 more years!!! I am at "PRESIDENT OBAMA " headquarters in downtown Chicago working with fellow "PRESIDENT OBAMA " supporters. And talking to our former STATE SENATOR PRESIDENT EMIL JONES.
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During the 2010 Cook County sheriff's race, Collins' most generous contributor was Carpentersville businessman Jack Roeser's Republican Renaissance PAC with nearly $42,000, including paying for radio and newspaper ads:
During the 2010 Election, Collins traveled throughout Cook County and earned the endorsement of several Republican and conservative groups.
How did Collins the Republican fare against Sheriff Dart in 2010?
And in the 2012 Republican Primary for the 1st CD candidate? For every Collins vote, three voted for Peloquin.
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