The people of Illinois saw him as the only incorruptible man alive, brave enough to fight against governmental corruption, so they pushed for him to run for Governor, but those who were in power tried to silence him, by killing his father, drugging and kidnapping his fiancé, and jailing both him and his elderly mother on made-up charges. (Ra-el Website, 2016)
This article will identify that the above claim is a lie. By researching and gathering all the data available in respect of Raymond Elwood Howard Lear’s political career. From this, information, you will see that the claim made that he was ‘silenced by those in power’ to be a falsehood.
Raymond Elwood Howard-Lear political career spanned from 1993 to 2010, where he stood as a Democrat, Republican and Libertarian Candidate. Each campaign Raymond Howard-Lear was involved in surmounted to nothing and you will see this from the editorial pieces gathered which has been painstakingly a nightmare to put together for a cohesive story. Links are also provided to all articles.
CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE 1994 – DEMOCRAT
Congressional Candidate Filings December 14, 1993
SPRINGFIELD — Here is an unofficial list of candidates for Illinois congressional seats who filed petitions by the Monday deadline for the March 15 1994 Primary for State Board of Elections. An (I) signifies an incumbent.
1st Congressional District: D-Bobby Rush (I), Chicago; R-Richard Murphy, Chicago; William Kelly, Chicago; Allen Smith, Chicago; Aloysius Majerczyk, Chicago; Maurice Johnson, Chicago.
2nd Congressional District: D-Mel Reynolds (I), Chicago; William Shaw, Dolton; Allan Streeter, Chicago; Irvin Murrell, Chicago; R-None filed.
3rd Congressional District: D-William Lipinski (I), Chicago; R-Jim Nalepa, La Grange.
4th Congressional District: D-Luis Gutierrez (I), Chicago; Juan Soliz, Chicago; R-Steven Valtierra, Chicago.
5th Congressional District: D-Dan Rostenkowski (I), Chicago; Rod Blagojevich, Chicago; Dick Simpson, Chicago; Michael Wojcik, Chicago; John Cullerton, Chicago; Raymond Howard (Lear), Chicago; Nancy Kaszak, Chicago; John McCarthy, Chicago; Gerald Pechenuk, Chicago. R-Michael Flanagan, Chicago; James Parker, Chicago; Elias Zenkich, Norridge; Michael Bendas, Chicago; John Cleland, Chicago.
6th Congressional District: D-Keith “Jekyll” Petropoulos, Lombard; Tom Berry, Lombard. R-Henry Hyde (I), Bensenville; David Czech, Glendale Heights.
7th Congressional District: D-Cardiss Collins (I), Chicago; Clarence Clemons, Chicago; Ed Smith, Chicago; Smith Wiiams, Chicago. R-Charles “Chuck” Mobley, Chicago; Shawn Hanley, Chicago.
8th Congressional District: D-Michael Strelka, Roselle; Robert Walberg, Palatine. R-Philip Crane (I), Wauconda; Peter Fitzgerald, Inverness; Gary Skoien, Palatine; Don Huff, Grayslake; Judy McCracken Svenson, Barrington.
9th Congressional District: D-Sidney Yates (I), Chicago; Glenn Sugiyama, Chicago; Frank Gardner, Chicago; R-Lawrence Joyce, Chicago; George Larney, Evanston.
10th Congressional District: D-None filed; R-John Porter (I), Wilmette; Kathleen Sullivan, Glenview.
11th Congressional District: D-Clem Balanoff, Chicago; William “Bill” Barrett, Joliet; John “Jack” Buchanan, Chicago; Frank Giglio, Calumet City; Daniel Kennedy, Joliet; Dave Neal, Morris; Martin “Marty” Gleason, Joliet. R-Robert Herbolsheimer, New Lenox; Gerald Kinney, Joliet; James O’Connell, Joliet; Sam Panayotovich, Chicago; Gerald “Jerry” Weller, Morris; Jeffrey “Jeff” Tomczak, New Lenox; John Leininweber, Joliet.
12th Congressional District: D-Jerry Costello (I), Belleville; R-Jan Morris, Carbondale; Larry Wetzel, Belleville.
13th Congressional District: D-William Riley, Woodridge; George Laurence, Romeoville. R-Harris Fawell (I), Naperville.
14th Congressional District: D-Steve Denari, Aurora. R-J. Dennis Hastert (I), Yorkville; Steven Perry, Elgin.
15th Congressional District: D-Gerard Archibald, Urbana; Larry Frezek, Champaign; Paul Alexander, Urbana. R-Thomas Ewing (I), Pontiac.
16th Congressional District: D-Pete Sullivan, Roscoe; R-Donald Manzullo (I), Egan
17th Congressional District: D-Lane Evans (I), Rock Island; R-Keith Vollrath, East Moline; Jim Anderson, Aledo.
18th Congressional District: D-Thomas Homer, Canton; Timothy Howard, Peoria; G. Douglas Stephens, Peoria; R-Ray LaHood, Peoria; Dennis Higgins, Jacksonville; Judy Koehler, Lacon.
19th Congressional District: D-Glenn Poshard (I), Marion; R-Brent Winters, Martinsville.
20th Congressional District: D-Richard Durbin (I), Springfield; R-Terry Campo, Springfield; Bill Owens, Springfield.
2 Rosty Challengers Withdraw From Race Chicago Sun-Times December 21, 1993
Two candidates withdrew from the Democratic primary race against U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, and another must defend a challenge to his nominating petitions, state records showed Monday.
The withdrawals still left Rostenkowski facing at least five challengers in the sprawling 5th Congressional District as he confronts additional inquiries into his congressional spending practices.
One challenger, former Ald. Dick Simpson, called on Rostenkowski Monday to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars Simpson said was misspent on what he called “ghost employees.”
Simpson said Rostenkowski’s payroll practices were “not penny-ante stuff” and were “harmful to the constituents that Rostenkowski is supposed to serve. …
The Simpson Campaign has challenged the nominating petitions of Raymond (Lear) Howard, saying that Howard failed to collect 660 signatures necessary for a place in the ballot.
2 Of Rostenkowski’s Challengers Bow Out Of Democratic Primary
December 22, 1993|By Rick Pearson, Tribune Staff Writer.
SPRINGFIELD — The eight-way Democratic primary involving beleaguered U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski’s Northwest Side congressional seat has been reduced by two candidates and a successful petition challenge could reduce the race to five.
Democratic state Reps. Rod Blagojevich and Nancy Kaszak of Chicago notified the State Board of Elections on Monday that they were withdrawing their congressional candidacies and instead seeking re-election to the legislature.
In addition, a campaign volunteer for former Chicago Ald. Dick Simpson, another Democratic challenger to Rostenkowski, filed an objection to the candidacy petitions filed by Raymond Howard (Lear) in the Northwest Side 5th Congressional District.
If the objection is upheld by the elections board, that would leave Simpson, state Sen. John Cullerton, Michael Wojcik and John McCarthy, a supporter of jailed political extremist Lyndon LaRouche, as challengers to Rostenkowski in the March 15 Democratic primary.
The powerful Rostenkowski, 65, is considered vulnerable by some because of a federal investigation of his possible role in a cash-for-stamps scheme at the House Post Office.
In addition, the investigation of Rostenkowski, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has expanded to include his possible employment of “ghost payrollers,” people who collect paychecks without showing up for work.
Michael Bendas and John Cleland are competing for the Republican nomination in Rostenkowski’s district.
Among other primary challenges filed Monday, the last day for objections to be recorded by the State Board of Elections:
– U.S. Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, a Yorkville Republican, had his re-election petitions challenged by Steven Perry of Elgin, his primary opponent in the west suburban 14th Congressional District, and two others.
– Freshman state Sen. Rickey Hendon of Chicago filed objections to petitions filed by his two Democratic primary opponents, Anthony Bass and Wallace Davis Jr. in the West Side 1st Senate District.
– In Du Page County’s 20th Senate District, a petition challenge was filed against Timothy Whelan of Wheaton, who, along with Michael Formento, is trying to unseat veteran Sen. Beverly Fawell of Glen Ellyn in the Republican primary.
Opponents Don’t Dwell On Rosty’s Problems
Chicago Sun-Times January 12, 1994 | Jim Merriner | Copyright
Three opponents of Rep. Dan Rostenkowski took the stage together for the first time Tuesday but only one made an issue of Rostenkowski’s legal problems.
At a candidates’ forum in Lake View, former Ald. Dick Simpson called the 18-term congressman “a national symbol of congressional corruption.”
Ald. Mike Wojcik (35th) and state Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago), in their opening remarks, did not address federal investigations into Rostenkowski’s finances and the House Post Office scandal. The audience of about 50 at Sheil Park, 3505 N. Southport, did not show up to discuss Rostenkowski.
They asked questions about trade with Mexico, health insurance, drug control and – the issue that seemed to provoke murmurs and nods of recognition in the entire audience – poor service by the local post office. …
The Simpson Campaign has challenged the ballot petitions of another candidate, listed on petitions as Raymond Howard (Lear), saying that he lacks the 660 voters signatures required by law.
So, in conclusion, The Ecumenical Order of Christ’s claim that Raymond Elwood Howard-Lear is a victim, that the powers that be interfered with his political campaign, as you can plainly see is a lie.
In essence, Raymond Elwood Howard-Lear failed to collect the 660 Voters signatures required by law to run for office in 1994.