Score one for Winnetka activist Carry Buck’s WHOA Tea Party-style group that prevailed in the March 20th referendum on affordable housing. The NO voters vastly outnumbered proponents of affordable housing in the non-binding referendum, leaving Interfaith Housing’s Gail Schechter complaining that the wording of the measure must have misled Winnetka voters. Instead of declaring victory and moving on, Buck should build on WHOA support to promote better candidates running for local offices, for instance for the Winnetka village board. Let’s hope that the WHOA taxpayers do what Tea Partiers have discovered is their primary role – to keep a close eye on the behavior of the politicians they have elected. To re-coin a phrase, democracy is not a part-time job.

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