During election season every organized ethnic and religious group gains clout—it’s always fascinating to see how candidates, especially when they’re trailing or locked in an ultra-tight race, cast themselves as longtime allies of whomever they’re paying a visit.

It’s just as interesting to see who doesn’t bother to stop by.

Yesterday the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections cosponsored a campaign forum in a banquet hall on West Devon that got contenders for U.S. Senate, county board president, sheriff, judge, and water rec commissioner promising to look out for the rights and interests of Chicago’s Indian and Pakistani communities. It also offered them the chance to rip on their rivals who didn’t show up.