CHICAGO - Rev. "Slim" Coleman - part of the Clergy for Quinn coalition that announced their endorsement of the governor - will be disciplined for the comments he made, Congressman Luis Gutierrez told the Sun Times Friday.
Coleman compared conservatives and Republicans to Ku Klux Klan members at a campaign event for Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday:
That’s an unlikely voter that began way back in 1961 and ’62 with the Ku Klux Klan, that grew up through the militias, that came out of the militias and, and, and – came in to call themselves conservatives, and then came in to call themselves Republican.
Coleman, who pastors an Methodist Church, is also employed by Congressman Gutierrez.
“Rev. Coleman‘s characterization of Republicans in this instance is outrageous, very hurtful and just plain wrong,” Gutierrez told the Sun-Times. “I work with dozens and dozens of Republicans from Illinois and elsewhere and they are patriotic -- not evil -- even when we disagree on policy and politics. Nobody is working harder and more closely with Republicans than I am to try and craft an immigration reform solution, so obviously I do not agree with what the Reverend said."
In 2006, Coleman and his wife provided highly-publicized sanctuary in their church for a Mexican immigrant resisting deportation. Coleman and his wife continue as activists for immigrant rights.
While Gutierrez promises to "take action" for Coleman's comments, the governor quietly stood alongside Coleman during his offensive comments and refuses to publicly disagree with Coleman. After the event, spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Coleman was not invited to the coalition announcement.