A quiet composure marked the mood of the event. Monumental news with a tranquil tone. Former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun made it official on Saturday. With a calm splash, she jumped into the race for City Hall.
Surrounded by bucolic grounds overlooking a magnificent view of the skyline, Moseley Braun announced (click on her name to see video) to a small group of supporters from Northerly Island that she indeed will run for mayor of Chicago.
It was well-awaited news as residents of the city remain anxious to get the “real” list of contenders seeking the coveted post.
Moseley Braun kind of hung out there for awhile, eluding voters of her earnest intentions, though we really had a feel she would run. Finally, out of the shadows, the former senator and ambassador joins the rest of the “pack” as a well- known, experienced politician who is “campaign savvy.”
Her “coming out” was right on time. Today is “Deadline Day” for those 12,500 necessary signatures to be filed downtown with the Chicago Board of Election in order to be on February’s run-off ballot.
Who does she see as the one to beat? Well, Moseley Braun took direct aim without hesitation at another “campaign savvy” politico who knows all about a good, hot race — Rahm Emanuel. The former chief of staff to Obama is a “Washington politician” too–Moseley Braun spent her time in the Senate chamber, Emanuel served smack dab in the White House. Both candidates have a lot of history, plus experience to draw from for this mayor contest.
Moseley Braun states, “Government is about the people’s business and my life’s work has been dedicated to making government work for all of the people.”
Moseley Braun chimed in on Emanuel, saying, “Mr. Emanuel, your commercials pose a false choice. You may not understand it, but the challenge we face is whether Chicago will be a first tier city for all its citizens, or only for those who live in the right neighborhoods, who have the right jobs, who have the right connections, who get no-bid contracts and multi-million dollar paydays.”
Emanuel faced that sticky residential issue this past week, defending himself against a Chicago Tribune story questioning the mayoral contender’s legal status. His answer seemed sound, backed up with proof that he was always a Chicago voter, even while in D.C., with his absentee ballots. The fact is, Emanuel is a viable candidate in the race for the long haul.
So as the race begins to shape up and February is just a mere three months away, you can look for an action-packed campaign with lots of speeches, TV ads (Rahm already has one; click here), campaign slogans, smiles, handshaking, all to capture that prized post downtown that one could call the throne of the Midwest. It’s a powerful position. The candidate who claims it will have to do a powerful job to maintain Chicago as one of the jewels of our nation.
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