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ARGUED SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

Before EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge, and POSNER and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges.

Thomas Brown, a sergeant in the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, was passed over for promotion to lieutenant. His suit, filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 primarily against the then-Sheriff, Democrat Michael F. Sheahan (the only defendant whom we need to discuss), charges that he was passed over because he’s a Republican, didn’t contribute to Sheahan’s campaign fund in 1998, and voted for Sheahan’s Republican opponent that year, and that by thus discriminating against Brown on the basis of his political affiliation Sheahan infringed his freedom of speech. See, e.g., Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois, 497 U.S. 62, 68-76 (1990). Sheahan ran for re-election in 2002 and again Brown neither attended any of his fundraisers nor contributed to his campaign fund. The district judge granted summary judgment for the defendants.

 
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