CHICAGO - The efforts of five Chicago Democrats to push State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) out of his State House seat heated up Monday when one candidate accused a former Chicago alderman of slandering him while stumping for another candidate at a West Side church last week.
Eddie Winters (pictured right), a candidate for the Illinois House of Representatives 10th District seat, filed the suit against former Alderman Ed Smith (28th), claiming Smith referred to him as a “wife-beater” who “failed to pay child support and leaves his kids starving.”
The lawsuit, filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that Smith made the remarks while speaking in support of another 10th District candidate, Pamela Reaves-Harris, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church on Jan. 5, 2014.
Smith said the comments he made in church were true, and he's not backing away from them. “I stand by my statement, because the record shows it to be true,” Smith said in a emailed statement. “Mr. Winters does not want the people to know his true character. The voters have the right to know who he is and his past.”
The district's incumbent State Rep. Derrick Smith is facing bribery charges in U.S. District Court.