Smith says people satisfied with Moore’s leadership

Ald. Ed Smith said the people spoke, but not for him Cook County Recorder of Deeds Eugene Moore slid to an easy victory in Tuesday’s election over challenger Ald. Ed Smith (28th). Moore collected 219,179 votes, Smith had 126,930.

Endorsements from business executives and top Democrats, including Mayor Richard M. Daley, couldn’t help Smith unseat Moore. “The people must be satisfied with what is over there. If they want some changes now, they’ll have to deal with what is over there,” Smith told the Defender.

The West Side alderman’s campaign hinged on waste and corruption in the department and criticized Moore for not having a more streamlined computer system to handle the day-to-day operations. “I made it explicitly clear that there are some serious problems in that office, with the waste and corruption.

I pointed that out in the campaign,” Smith said, adding that it fell on deaf ears. “Apparently the people didn’t buy it, or weren’t concerned about it, so now whatever has to be done, it’s going to have to be in their hands,” he said.

Moore, who often compared Smith’s ward to a war zone during the campaign, could not be reached for comment.

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