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“Law-and-Order” Candidate Richard Irvin’s Corruption as Aurora Mayor Exposed

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In the race for the Illinois GOP nomination for governor, Richard Irvin calls himself the “law-and-order” candidate — but newly-exposed corruption in his role as mayor of Aurora tells a very different story.

Last year, Mayor Irvin arrived at the scene of an arrest of his then-girlfriend, accused of hitting a security guard at a marijuana store, the Chicago Tribune reported. An Aurora police officer overheard Irvin say the charges against her “would be taken care of.”

Prior to Irvin’s arrival at the scene, his then-girlfriend repeatedly referenced the mayor, saying: “I’m going to call my boyfriend. You don’t know who my boyfriend is. He’s the mayor of Aurora” — and, most alarmingly: “He’s going to close you guys down for doing all of this and not giving my money back.”

Irvin — who’s running a campaign centered on his support for the police — even went so far as to tell the Tribune the police report was “actually incorrect” in its characterization of his comments. Looks like the “law-and-order” candidate only backs the blue when it’s politically convenient.

The cherry on top? Following the incident, Irvin reappointed his then-girlfriend to the City of Aurora’s Hispanic Heritage advisory board. Under Mayor Irvin, corruption runs deep.

“While Richard Irvin parades himself around as the ‘law-and-order’ candidate, voters see him for what he is: a fraud,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “He’s used his power as Aurora mayor to enrich himself and those around him, and that’s what he’ll continue to do as governor. Illinoisans deserve better.”