WGN in Chicago reported that around $8,000 was stolen from New Beginnings Church in Chicago’s South Side, a burglary that the church’s pastor believes is motivated by his support for Republican candidates.
The church’s pastor, Rev. Corey Brooks, who has been a public African-American supporter of GOP Senate candidate Jim Oberweis and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. He told the station, “it’s unfair that a person does not have a right to voice their opinion and speak about who they want to support, and that some people still feel that you have got to stay on this Democratic plantation, and if you choose to leave it or go off it, we will attack you.”
He told WGN he had received death threats by phone, and tweeted that he believed they were “politically motivated.”
The death threats and phone calls are politically motivated our church in 14 yrs has never been broke into u do the math.
— Corey Brooks (@CoreyBBrooks) October 25, 2014
The station played a phone message Brooks received, saying “watch your back fat [expletive]. We own you black, we own you. They can’t protect you, you sell-out. You Uncle Tom [expletive]. Token. You[‘re] a puppet for Bruce Rauner.”
Tio Hardiman, who lost in the Democratic primary for Governor, called Brooks part of the “sellout pastors of Chicago” and accused him of pulling “a major publicity stunt” during an interview with WGN.