The article “Fighting Over Scraps” by Jeffrey Felshman [November 7] contains a number of sensational, unsupported accusations by Jerome Meites against the IVI-IPO and some of its members. Where Mr. Felshman investigated Meites’s charges, as in the case of the supposed fake IVI-IPO sample ballot put out by Barbara Flynn Currie, reading the Chicago Tribune revealed that the so-called fake was merely a ballot similar in layout to IVI-IPO sample ballots.
What Felshman avoided revealing was that Meites actually was the perpetrator and bragged about the unethical practices which he falsely ascribes to others. Thus, in the matter of fake sample ballots, Meites persuaded his chapter of IVI-IPO to let him take their sample ballot for the March 1992 primary election to the printer. Before it arrived, Meites deleted the name of Jim Gierach, the IVI-IPO’s endorsed candidate for state’s attorney (but disapproved of by Meites). After the ballots were delivered by the printer, thousands were distributed before Meites’s deletion was discovered. David Igasaki, whom Mr. Felshman interviewed and quoted at length (even including his photograph in the article), wrote a letter to Meites, asking that Meites at least reimburse the independent campaign committee (the campaign arm of IVI-IPO) for the cost of the fake, which had been paid for by the committee. You might also want to discuss the matter with Jim Gierach or with his campaign advisers, the Haymarket Group, who are located just around the corner from you at 54 W. Hubbard.
Continuing on his reckless course, while running for election to the IVI-IPO board of directors in 1996, Meites submitted a statement of candidacy, which was mailed to members at IVI-IPO expense, bragging that “I joined…longtime independents in speaking out forcefully against the use of anti-Semitism and other appeals to racism and bigotry by our endorsed candidate in the 5th Ward aldermanic election.” What Meites refers to here is his leading role in endorsing and disseminating false charges of anti-Semitism in that election. Meites’s charges were proven to be total fabrications by Ben Joravsky in your April 21, 1995 issue. But, as Sam Ackerman, one of Meites’s co-conspirators, told Joravsky, “We got a great alderman and that’s the end of that.” The alderman in question, Barbara Holt, soon established her independence (and Meites’s) by being rewarded by Mayor Daley with appointments as ward committeeman and delegate to the National Democratic Convention.