Vernon Zumhagen, who has been called the Facebook Nazi for his habit of deleting comments that he disagrees with, has been figuratively stabbed in the back in his bid for election to the Oak Lawn Library Board.
Zumhagen, a staunch ally of Mayor Sandra Bury was appointed to both the Oak Lawn Planning & Development Commission and the Oak Lawn Library Board. He’s never been elected to any office and was slaughtered in a race for Oak Lawn Park District Commissioner receiving a paltry 3.87 percent of the vote finishing number 7 out of 7 candidates.
Despite his lack of success at the polling place, Zumhagen reportedly was considering a run for Village Trustee, with the full backing of Mayor Sandra Bury. The race would have been in the third district against the Village of Oak Lawn’s Dean of Trustees, Robert Streit. That plan quickly disintegrated when Paul Mallo provided a trick or treat on Halloween by announcing that he was running with the apparent backing of the Mayor and her political brain, Trustee Tom Phelan.
For Zumhagen, a political gadfly that has spent years puckering up to the Mayor and her minions, it was quite a blow. Most of the puckering has come in the form of him attacking news outlets like the Oak Lawn Leaf and Oak Lawn Patch and deleting comments as the administrator of Facebook groups such as Oak Lawn Talk of the Town and Oak Lawn Neighborhood Watch. Disgusted Facebook posters formed various other groups after having comments deleted. Some of those groups proudly state that there aren’t any administrator nazi’s that will delete your post in their groups.
Zumhagen reportedly pivoted from the Village Trustee race and began amassing signatures to run for the Oak Lawn Library Board. That’s when the political stabbing allegedly took place.
Candidates for Village Trustee and the Library Board had from December 10th until this past Monday, December 17th, to file petitions for election. With Mallo locked in as the Mayor’s choice in District 3, and Streit running for reelection, Zumhagen filed for the Oak Lawn Library Board believing he would have little or no opposition.
Unfortunately for Zumhagen, who has the political skills of a third grader, two of Tom Phelan’s staunchest allies also filed for the two seats available at the library. Patrick O’Donnell and Sean Kelly, who reside in Phelan’s 6th District, come with longtime ties to Phelan, his allies, and the Oak Lawn community. O’Donnell is the former Village Treasurer. Zumhagen is a Oak Lawn transplant from Berwyn.
Phelan has been the undisputed campaign champion for several years in Oak Lawn defeating all foes he has taken on in mayoral races. He has also done well in all the Trustee races, with the exception of Streit’s race in 2015.
In addition to attacking the Oak Lawn Leaf, the Oak Lawn Patch, and residents who have their comments deleted, Zumhagen has shared his unflattering opinions about Phelan online a couple of times.
In other words, the Facebook Nazi is toast.