I am a Democrat and I believe in the Democratic Party and the democratic process. I am afraid a perfect storm is brewing which could result in the Democratic loss of the Governor's mansion, Barack Obama's Senate Seat, possibly even the electoral map. I truly fear what will happen to the Democrats in Illinois if we head into November with a divided Cook County Democratic Party. With the encouragement of Toni Preckwinkle, I have left her campaign as of today. I am pleased to announce that I have been named Political Director of the Cook County Democratic Party. From this position, I will work night and day to ensure that ALL of our Democratic nominees win in November. From our Judges, to our Cook County Board President, right on up to the top of the ticket - all of them must win. I hope I can count on the support of every Democrat in this exciting new endeavor. Now, let's all focus on electing strong, Democratic candidates throughout the County.