File this one away under the, “WTF did she say?” files.
During a debate at a Chicago church, former senator and current Chicago mayoral candidate, Carol Moseley Braun called fellow candidate, Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins, a crack addict.
Chicago politics is known for its rough and tumble nature, and Braun has made her fair share of controversial remarks in the past. But many think her latest outburst crossed the line.
During the debate, Braun became incensed after Watkins asserted that Braun had effectively been “missing in action and lost somewhere” for the past 20 years while the city suffered through tough times. Instead of ignoring the relatively unknown candidate, Braun shot back to defend her record.
“Patricia, the reason you didn’t know who I was for the last 20 years is because you were strung out on crack. Now you have admitted to that. You also were in a cult. You have admitted to that. … I was not strung out on crack. I don’t have a record.”
Watkins, 53, admitted to the Chicago Tribune that she used marijuana and cocaine as a teen, but insisted she never used crack.
Braun’s gaffe is not only embarrassing for her campaign, but it could also cost her votes. Not only does Watkins think Braun was out of line for calling her a crack addict, she thinks Braun owes an apology to everyone who has ever struggled with addiction, many of which are the very people Braun hopes will vote for her next month.
“Carol owes an apology to me and to every person who has struggled with an addiction in the city of Chicago. This says a lot about her character and shows she is not ready to be a leader for Chicago residents.”
Carol Moseley Braun, the first and only African-American woman elected to the Senate, is currently seen as the second place contender for the highly contested mayoral race behind former White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel. But after her outburst, her chances of beating Emmanuel seem even more unlikely.