Mighty Red Pen

October 15, 2010

Putting out typo fires in Chicago election

Filed under: Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 4:44 pm
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It’s the typo heard ’round Chicago.

The name of Rich Whitney, a Green Party candidate for governor, was misspelled on some electronic-voting machines as (wait for it) Rich Whitey.

According to the AP:

“We don’t have any idea what affect [sic] that has had on voters,” [Green Party Chairman Phil] Huckelberry said. “I think something needs to be done above and beyond what they’re doing.”

Not only has the mistake made Chicago a laughingstock, he said, but “our candidate … has been tagged with a name that really isn’t that nice.”

Read more about it here and here. On his own website,  Whitney refers to the incident as “Whiteygate” and says, “By all means, enjoy the humor. But do not let it distract you from the serious issues raised by this incident, which demand real answers, real accountability and real remedies.”

The Atlantic contemplates the effect of the typo, concluding, “In any event, being known as ‘Rich Whitey’ probably never helped anybody win an election.”



  1. Yes, I saw that, very funny! But not as bad as Lisa Murkowski misspelling her own name in a campaign ad urging everyone to spell her name correctly.
    By the way…
    Psst! Heard about the right-wing conspiracy to make “refudiate” an actual word?

    Comment by Jude — October 21, 2010 @ 6:24 am | Reply

  2. On “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” they said that the good news was that his opponent just happens to be named “Stupid Cracker.” So, you know, I guess it all works out.

    Comment by David — October 29, 2010 @ 8:27 am | Reply

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