Weekends in Chicago just got a little more political. Week days, too. The city’s mayoral race takes the spotlight as the election campaigns continue here in the Windy City.
Yes, it’s “rock and we don’t stop to the political boogity beat.” According to the Chicago Suntimes, there are 15 candidates vying for the fat prize–with a chance to be the top dog, big kahuna, king of the hill. Awww, sweet dreams of a polished politico.
You can hardly say the “pickin’s are slim.” We have a robust roster of candidates, each trying to grab more attention, be seen in more places, recite more rhetoric, make a deeper impression on the voter’s mind.
This weekend three candidates told us something we already knew. OK, so they want to rule this 3.2 million inhabited Midwestern metropolis. Anybody else interested? Speak now or forever hold your peace, please.
Some, like Miguel Del Valle, Carol Moseley Braun and Gery Chico stay out of the limelight. Maybe it is too early for them to come out. Perhaps they have a plan to take this town by storm. Who knows? Politicians can be very shrewd.
Others, like Sen. James Meeks, Danny Davis, and oh yeah, Rahm Emanuel seem to thrust into the public eye right from the beginning. They are riding that campaign roller coaster all the way through Chitown. Has anyone missed news about these three mayoral hopefuls?
Emanuel got off the blocks first with his premiere official campaign commercial. You have to give this guy credit–he’s a go getter. Add to that, he possesses campaign charisma. Some of that can go a long way in a town like this. Especially when there aren’t a whole lot of “nice” answers to our budgetary dilemma.
The date for those nominating petitions is closing in. No “hay problema” for Gery Chico. He beat the Nov. 22 deadline by a week, being the first to obtain the necessary 12,500 signatures. Excuse me, he presented more than 52, 000 voter’s “John Hancock’s” to the Chicago Board of Elections on 69 W. Washington St.early this Monday morning. Dazzling!
Meeks set the weekend ablaze with his mayoral entrance speech on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. “We need new leadership! We need a leader who cares! We need a leader with compassion!” Add him to the list of “flamboyants” who will get their election messages across by the use of theatrics. Could be very effective to stir up a little action here in Chitown.
The black coalition’s consensus candidate, Danny Davis also went public Sunday from downtown at the Hotel Allegro before a group of his supporters. Davis has participated in mayoral races before, so he should have a lot of tips on how to run against this field. He’s a two-timer, vying for mayor in 1989 to finish out Harold Washington’s term; then again against Daley in 1991 . Daley won both times. Now he’s back for round three. Ding!
We have a run on reverends who fancy being mayor. New mayoral candidate Rev. Wilfredo de Jesus (click on his name to see video) stood in line to submit his close to 20,000 signatures. Rev. de Jesus points out, “This is a historical day.” Indeed it is. After 21 years, we are about to get ourselves a new “sheriff in town.” Guess everybody is “tickled pink!”
So, where is Carol Moseley Braun? She will be adding her formal announcement after she files her petition. That’s all she is saying for now. Nice move. Wait for the crowd to pass. Moseley Braun is a seasoned stateswoman.
Ladies and gents, here is our list of mayoral contenders: artist Cynthia “Plaster Caster” Albritton, former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun, former Chicago School Board Prez Gery Chico, Civil Rights Attorney Christopher Cook, U.S. Rep Danny Davis (D-Ill), city Clerk Miguel Del Valle, former Obama chief of staffer Rahm Emanuel, state Sen. Rev. James Meeks (D-Chicago), hypnotherapist Jay Stone, magazine editor R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., and city sanitation truck driver Frederick K. White. Get this list down. There may be more coming! Welcome candidates to the Chitown mayoral review!
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