It seems whenever a Naperville city official, other than Mayor Steve Chirico, is needed to take a strong, assertive, stand on a controversial issue, it’s Naperville city councilman Kevin Coyne. He did it again during the February 5th city council meeting, when he in no uncertain terms called for the resignation of newly elected Democrat, Anne Stava-Murray representing the 81st District in the Illinois House.
In less than two months after being elected, Stava-Murray celebrated her victory by insulting a huge chunk of her constituency when she stood by a Facebook comment she posted responding to an individual who called Naperville residents ‘bullies and horrible people’. Stava-Murray apologized to the writer commenting ‘Naperville’s ‘history of white supremacist policies is ongoing’. Apparently Stava-Murray is determined to be a one-term elected official. Comments like that may work for politicians in California or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-NY’s 14th District, but highly unlikely it will work here.
In a statement by Councilman Coyne, he said, “Her actions are the most disgusting that I have ever seen from an elected official” and that “she has made vile comments against the very people she was elected to represent.
Watch and listen to councilman Coyne as he states Stava-Murray:
- Took rhetoric to a new low
- Stated Naperville is a racist city further suggesting that Naperville has leanings toward white supremacy
- Continues to echo dangerous comments
- Alienated herself from both sides of the aisle
- Leveled the worst of insults against the very people in her very own district
- Has no chance that she will effectively represent our community
- And it’s clear that Stava-Murray should resign
Stava-Murray made her situation even worse, when rather than throwing the shovel away after digging herself into a hole, she doubled down and continued digging a deeper hole by saying that Coyne can not ‘shame and blame’ her for his ‘own political gain’. She continued, ‘I am the elected official and you need to get over the fact that we’re more Democrat than Republican now’.
Stava-Murray announced plans to run for the U.S. Senate in 2020 against Dick Durbin. Representative today, Senator in 2020, and why not President in 2024. Let her keep her shovel.