So when I said he was a Democrat, I meant it, but someone contacted me, saying I was wrong, that O'Halloran was definitely a Republican. So we checked.
Can you say Combine?
"Well, 2012 was his first time voting Republican. Before, he was a Democrat," said fellow Metra board member Jack Schaffer, an O'Halloran critic and Republican.
Schaffer, the only Metra board member to vote against the hush-money payment, said he had just finished a letter to O'Halloran asking for a strict accounting for all money spent in the scandal, including fees paid to public relations experts.
"I find it hard to believe that O'Halloran is a Republican," Schaffer said. "It looks like a D instead of an R to me."
The Cook County clerk's office says O'Halloran, the apparent Republican, pulled Democratic ballots in primaries from 1998 to 2010. The only year he took a Republican ballot was last year.
Yet in 2003, O'Halloran was named to the Metra board as a (wait for it) Republican by the Cook County Board. He was installed by a coalition of Democrats and one Republican, county Commissioner Liz Doody Gorman.
Asked if O'Halloran was a Democrat or Republican, Gorman said "Republican," then refused to elaborate.
The Illinois Republican Party and the Cook County Republican Party did not return calls to claim O'Halloran. It was sad, no Republican organizations claiming O'Halloran. It was like seeing a puppy at the dog pound, unwanted, trembling.
But that's the Combine for you.
At least the Madigan-Metra debacle has caused Lisa Madigan to acknowledge that dynastic family politics as practiced here is all wrong. Can't wait to see Quinn opponent Bill Daley's spin on this.
And Lisa? Don't worry about Lisa.
She'll be just fine. Her dad is still boss, and he's wealthy. They won't pay.
It's all us chumbolones who'll have to pay.
And there's a certain logic in that.