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I've received a number of emails and been the subject of a few blog posts chastising me for including some races and not including others; obviously, this is all highly subjective. As I pointed out in an earlier column, much of this is "gut feeling" and a general sense from the district.

Generally, though, the emails were very helpful in shedding light on some races and revealing the error of my ways on some others. This is a new list of the top races.

Before we get to that though, a word about the Chicago Federation of Labor's "no-endorsement" of the Mayor's race, an event that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. The no-endorsement by the CFL is bad for Daley, although not too bad since this is likely his last run at the Mayoralty — it is worse for the slew of competitive aldermanic candidates. If the CFL had had a viable alternative to Daley, they could have crafted at ticket that would likely have driven more voters — their voters — to the polls and thereby built a more effective city-wide GOTV operation. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s decision not to head up such a ticket will have serious implications for many of labor's candidates and will give a very false impression of weakness if they are unable to win the seats they've targeted. According to a recent Chicago Tribune article by Dan Mihalopolous, those seats are Madeline Haithcock (2nd), Dorothy Tillman (3rd), Darcel Beavers (7th), George Cardenas (12th), the open seat in the 15th, Shirley Coleman (16th), Howard Brookins (21st), Daniel Solis (25th), Ted Matlak (32nd), Emma Mitts (37th), Burton Natarus (42nd), Vi Daley (43rd) and Bernard Stone (50th).

Keeping things quick'n'dirty and in ward order:

1st Ward (Wicker Park, Bucktown): Seen Manny's new office, with two huge pictures of him, on Division Street and Paulina? Nice. The Man Who Would Be Congressman is unopposed.

2nd Ward (South Loop, North Bronzeville): Jesse Jackson Jr. has endorsed a former aid of his, Kenny Johnson, but Alderman Haithcock's biggest change will probably come from the well-financed Bob Fioretti. The CFL did not endorse anybody in this race, which leaves it even more wide open. This will go to a run-off.

3rd Ward (Bronzeville, South Side): Dorothy Tillman, what to say about you? I'll leave the tired jokes about your hats for the hacks, and just bring up the fact that you spent 20 percent of your ward's infrastructure funds on statues. CFL has endorsed Pat Dowell, who will force a run-off and win.

7th Ward (Chatham): Mmmm, Jackson family (Sandi Jackson) v. Beavers and friends (Darcel Beavers). The CFL has tapped Sandi Jackson, who is the Congressman's wife, but the Beavers family has an ace in the hole — well, not an "ace in the hole" so much as two entire suits up their sleeves, the Diamonds and Hearts of Chicago politics, the Strogers and Daleys. Anybody who gives you a hard-and-fast prediction of what's going to happen here is crazy. Just pop some popcorn, get off the Dan Ryan at 87th where the casino shuttles pick up, head east and enjoy the show.

11th Ward (Bridgeport): This year's Most Symbolic Act Ever Award goes to the Chicago Federation of Labor for their no-endorsement in this Daley stronghold ward. Alderman. James Balcer's voters could be forced to walk to the polling place on their hands, and he'd still get 60 percent of the vote.

15th Ward (Englewood): The CFL has endorsed Toni Foulkes, who is a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers and was among the leadership of the Big Box Living Wage Ordinance fight. Her highest-profile competitor and the leader of the pack is Denise Dixon, a former field director for Rainbow-PUSH and president of the local ACORN chapter. Foulkes' endorsement by the CFL will provide the cover for several very large labor locals — including SEIU Locals 1 and 880 — to support Foulkes over the Rainbow-PUSH candidate if they choose to do so (SEIU has not made official endorsements yet).

18th Ward (Auburn-Gresham, Scottsdale): If Bob Fioretti can overtake Madeline Haithcock in the 2nd Ward, this race will lose some significance as the racial balance of the Council will likely stay the same. White Alderman Tom Murphy moved on to a judgeship, and the CFL has endorsed Paul Stewart, who is African-American. Stewart is also probably the most well-qualified, and if the CFL comes through with money and some troops, that just might be the edge Stewart needs in a wide-open race. The appointed incumbent, Lola Lane, still has to be considered something of a favorite.

19th Ward (Beverly, Morgan Park): Ginger Rugai will not be able to avoid a run-off given the two capable opponents she faces in John Sommerville and Timothy Sheehan. Securing labor's endorsement in an area with lots of tradesmen will help her keep her seat.

20th Ward (Washington Park, Grand Crossing): Chicago's name will be Mudd when indicted Alderman Arenda Troutman is re-elected. Even if she's later found guilty of no wrongdoing. By the way, Alderman Troutman, your lawyer rules.

21st Ward (Brainerd, Roseland): Ald. Howard Brookins, Jr. learned a valuable lesson in Council politics when a deal was brokered to sink his Wal-Mart project and keep Ald. Emma Mitts' afloat. The lesson: Come to us with your head bowed, not your hand out. He will hold on to this seat against a bevy of candidates, and has received Congressman Jackson's endorsement although the CFL has obviously chosen to endorse former Rainbow-PUSH activist Leroy Jones, Jr.

25th Ward (Tri-Taylor, Pilsen): "Keep my head down, work hard, vote like I'm supposed to, and it will be mathematically impossible for me to not become Mayor. After all, I'm Danny Solis — Deputy Mayor extraordinaire, who runs the Council in the Mayor's absence. Wait wha– why is the Mayor making Del Valle the City Clerk? Why, that's just the sort of city wide office that could be a stepping stone to... What's going on around here? I did everything I was supposed to!"

32nd Ward (Lakeview, Bucktown): Revenge of the Second City got some interesting e-mail about Scott Waguespack (including from Waguey himself). Some less-than-happy Berwyn residents claim the mayor he helped get elected there has turned out to be a phony reformer, and cautioned me to be wary of Scott. This ward is in desperate need of very good leadership and the voters may be itching for change from the increasingly unpopular Ted Matlak, who secured the CFL's endorsement this time around. I won't devolve into he said-she said, y'all, because I don't do my readers like that. But if you're up in the 32nd, I would suggest making some phone calls and getting some promises from the candidates.

37th Ward (Austin, Humboldt): The CFL has endorsed nobody in the 37th Ward, the center of the Wal-Mart fight, and an economically depressed area with a high density of low-wage union workers. Ouch.

42nd Ward (Loop, Near North): Brendan Reilly must be schvitzing down there in the Loop — he can't blow this one! Reilly is young, smart, and has shown some talent at fundraising. He's got labor's endorsement and the incumbent is somewhat unpopular. And — wait for it — Reilly's got the top ballot position! In a ward like the 42nd, where voter turnover is high thanks to the evolutionary success of Royko's Condo Man, top ballot position might be all you need.

43rd Ward (Lincoln Park): Pete Zelchenko would sure like to say bye-bye to Vi Daley, the incumbent. In her defense, though, it can't be easy to be the alderman of the Lincoln Park area. I'm serious. High voter turnover, DePaul University students all over the place, you got a zoo with all those wild animals in it. Everybody who has ever driven on Clark Street between North and Belmont has sworn an oath to destroy whatever city planner is responsible for that crawling abomination. Also, note to Tim Egan, who got labor's endorsement: your sign on that warehouse off the Kennedy, right next to Rey Colon's? Good idea, but when the light hits it at night, it reflects and you can't read what it says. Might want to talk to your printer. Who, I'm assuming, is union.

46th Ward (Uptown, Edgewater): What the Helen? Shiller somehow secured the CFL's vote despite her conspicuous "No Vote" on Big Box Living Wage. Granted her previous decade or so of service probably played into that, but it is a serious blow for her highest-profile opponent, one James Cappleman. Cappleman has been running an energetic campaign and there is no doubt that the Uptown/Buena Park area is seriously split in who it supports. But is there enough of a "No-Helen" movement up there? I don't see it when I tour the neighborhoods, and talking to some of the activists up there, it will be an uphill climb. Shiller may be an independent on the Council, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have a mean electoral organization — she does.

49th Ward (East Rogers): We talk about labor being perceived as weak if their candidates don't perform well, but how about the Chamber of Commerce? They were selling wolf tickets right along with labor around the Big Box, and Joe Moore was their primary target. He looks to be in trouble, but certainly not down or out. And man, does this race rile some people up! No joke, East Rogers Parkers may be the most heated group of voters come February 27th. They care about their ward and the issues there and are passionate about making the Ward more livable. With its lakefront paths and parks, deep diversity and a great mixture of independently-owned businesses including restaurants, bars and coffeeshops, East Rogers Park should be the epitome of quality neighborhood city living, but congestion problems, lopsided rapid-fire development that has intensified those congestion problems, and call me a moron if you dare, but there is a "left" and a "right" solution to these problems. Zoning controls the size and types of developments that come in and the kind you drive out — there are people-side and a business-side solution to these problems. Moore tends towards the people-side, but that doesn't mean it sits well with all the people. He's got a major problem on his hands insofar as he has a huge target on his back — a number of activists in the ward are unhappy, and that can often counterbalance a much larger number of merely content constituents, especially in the 49th Ward, which is somewhat low-turnout as it is (about a third in 2003). This is aggravated by the fact that his biggest supporters, the progressive activist and labor communities, will be busy on their own targets and will be hard-pressed to provide on the ground support, although money should be plentiful. His opponents, the combative Jim Ginderske, the gone-a-courtin' business Don Gordon and pro-more-parking Chris Adams will overwhelm the area with anti-Joe rhetoric. Will that be enough to give them the votes to force a run-off? If so, can they knock him out when it's one-on-one, and his allies are freed up to help him out?

50th Ward (West Rogers — West Ridge for you old timers): Poor Bernie Stone. Wait, no, not poor Bernie Stone. The guy has been an Alderman for nearly 40 years, is nearly 80 years old, and has dominated the 50th Ward for decades. Never mind. I don't know what I was thinking. Oh, yeah! Poor candidates trying to beat Bernie Stone. It's going to be so hard. The oft-forgotten 50th is actually more similar to the Northwest and Southwest Side bungalow belt wards than to its lakefront neighbor the 49th or its more cosmopolitan neighbors on the North Side. What does that mean? Three words: Status Quo Ante. Still, the Chicago Federation of Labor gave its endorsement to Greg Brewer, a community organizer and businessman who, with that endorsement, could be considered the front runner. Could be. If there wasn't also the presence of one Naisy Dolar, who is itching to become the first Asian-American on the Council. According to Stella Foster's column in the Sun-Times, Dolar is getting out-of-state fundraising help. Dolar has been organizing for her campaign for at least a year and Dolar signs litter the ward. There is no way this doesn't go two rounds.

Comments

The 'Broken heart' of Rogers Park / January 17, 2007 6:31 PM

And man, does this race rile some people up! No joke, East Rogers Parkers may be the most heated group of voters come February 27th. They care about their ward and the issues there and are passionate about making the Ward more livable.

RfC / January 17, 2007 10:15 PM

Thanks Broken Heart!

irishpirate / January 17, 2007 10:19 PM

Richard,

first, I agree with you on most of your points. However, and there is always a "however" I think you missed two important things.

In the 19th ward the center of the opposition to Rugai is in Mount Greenwood. That is the more working class, union, area of the ward. She is in trouble. Just drive down a street and nearly every other house has a sign for one of her opponents. She will be forced into a runoff and likely lose.

Now for the race more near and dear to me: da 46th Ward. First, it is spelled S H I L L E R.

Second, it is northern Lakeview and most of Uptown. None of Edgewater is in the ward. Edgewater begins at Foster Avenue. The 46th Ward ends at Foster Avenue.

Third, Cappleman is putting together an effective "ground game" and he and his supporters are out and about every day. Shiller has more money. He has more ground support.

Finally, it is estimated that 15 percent of the 46th ward is "gay". Shiller has traditionally done well with that group. Cappleman is openly gay. Who do you think those gay folks are going to support?

If you want to get a better idea of what is going on in da 46th Ward campaign visit www.whatthehelen.com

ARRRRRRRRRGH

Andrew / January 17, 2007 10:29 PM

[added link to What the Helen? to the 46th Ward write-up on Richard's request; he had meant to include the link but forgot to send it to me.

Skyboy23 / January 17, 2007 10:38 PM

Also, James Cappleman's name is mispelled. :)

JP Paulus / January 17, 2007 10:40 PM

Re: the 46th ward

Irish Pirate is right on the first 2 items.

3rd - It isn't so much a Cappleman Campaign as an anti-Shiller campaign.

Finally -- the gay issue is really a non-factor. Shiller has been one of the most progressive & aggressive when it comes to gay issues, and in fact inducted to the Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame. That's one area of Shiller's record that Shiller opponents can't actually speak against.

Sandra Reed tried to "out-gay" Shiller by making a gay registry one of her primary issues. The gay population wasn't swayed.

If we're talking about a group of people, the 2000 census says that African-Americans made up 21% of Uptown's population in 2000. (23% in '90). That's 5% MORE than the gay population. However, that vote didn't sway toward's challenger Sandra Reed's favor, who was black.

The real deciding factor will be people in the middle, who honestly have reasons to vote for EITHER candidate. With all the negativity from both sides, it'll depend on who pushed away the least.

Andrew / January 17, 2007 10:46 PM

Names fixed.

irishpirate / January 17, 2007 10:52 PM

OH, JP Paulus,

I figured you would post here.

First, the black population of the 46th Ward is likely around 15 percent. The ward and Uptown are not entirely the same thing and there seems to be a slow racial change going on.

Second, most of the gay folks in the ward are going to be 18+ and eligible to vote. There are relatively few white folks in the ward under the age of 18. I would guess that at least half of the black population is under the age of 18 as black folks seems to make up most of the kids in the ward. Along with hispanics who are also losing population.

When you look at elections only one type of person matters in terms of outcome. Those who are eligible to vote and more importantly those who do vote.

ARRRRRRRGH

Hugh / January 17, 2007 11:55 PM

> Shiller may be an independent on the Council...

You need to educate tyoruself about the Aldermen's voting records.

Chicago City Council Archive

There are no independents on the Council , except in their own PR. ALL the aldermen vote in mindless, rubber stamp lock-step 99.999% of the time.

The City Council votes on many hundreds of issues every month, many thousands every year, and in this 4-yr term there have been only a few dozen votes that were NOT unanimous.

The difference between Shiller's voting record and the most machine hack alderman you can think of is on the order of 0.001%.

Hugh / January 18, 2007 12:11 AM

you cited Stella Foster?

Hugh / January 18, 2007 12:13 AM

> Moore tends towards the people-side

This assertion is not supported by anything in your post.

Moore's is financed mainly by developers and corporations and his policies and agenda reflects this.

Bridget Dooley / January 18, 2007 12:34 AM

Richard,

Greg Brewer is not exactly a "businessman", He is an architect, planner and project manager with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. He works on lareg public infrastructure projects all over the world (like hospitals and universities). I suppose that could be considered a "businessman", but architect is more appropriate.

JP Paulus / January 18, 2007 7:50 AM

IrishPirate,

Let's step back and say that what you say about racial demographics is true.


What about Shiller's record on gay issues? Does she have broken/unfilled promises in that area like housing?

Doesn't gay leadership support of her mean anything to you (or really, the gay population)?

Comparison: If this were southside, and a black challenger were running against a white incumbent who strongly supported civil rights & against police brutality, blacks wouldn't automatically vote for the black candidate. Same parallel with gays. They are much more open-minded, aren't they? They won't discriminate against a person of different sexual preference, right?

My point is -- the gay issue is actually NOT an issue that will strongly sway voters either way (in the 46th ward), and really hasn't for the '99 and '03 election (ALL candidates vocalised strong support for the gay community).

If it was, Sandra Reed should have won -- she not only pushed a gay issue as one of her primary issues, but she was also black & a public school teacher and knew many people in the community (including the rehab homes and buildings like 4640 -- where i know she had some supporters due to her relationships). All those factors should have drawn out enough of Shiller's votes to win. But it didn't...

Each side already has their core PRIMARY vote.

The SWING vote (the "general election" vote) are people who could honestly vote either way. They're quiet, but their vote can make the difference. These include condo owners who know and sympathize with low income people, working class renters who want a safer place to live, but want to be able to afford living there, those who love diveristy, and are very worried about those racial demographics changing (such as the American Indian Population cut in half between '90 & '00) and people who hate negative campaigning,among others. It's a VERY small population, maybe 10% (at the very most) of the vote, but enough to swing it.

PJ Laupus / January 18, 2007 9:28 AM

JP lives in Rogers Park but is still obsessed with his old neighborhood.

I live in the People's Republic of the 48th Ward, where I'll be voting for Mickey Mouse.

NSH / January 18, 2007 1:46 PM

19th ward will be a fun one to watch. www.19thwardagenda.com gives great insider coverage to the election.

The run down
Ginger - alderman since '89 many friends in low places with deep pockets

Sommerville - awesome states attorney but polarizing, running on an anti rugai platform. Brother Luke was recently subpoenaed during a recent fed investigation.

Sheehan - great guy, but some have called him a Rugai shill to split the Somerville vote. Doesn't carry much union support since his recent condo developments were built with scabs and living on Longwood drive doesn't exactly give him that "everyman" quality.

Richard F Carnahan / January 19, 2007 12:49 PM

Just got this email from Dock Walls' campaign:

WALLS WILL WIN BY A LANDSLIDE
Over the last three years, as director of the Committee for a Better Chicago, I have carefully built the most sophisticated political organization Chicago has ever seen. We will not be defeated.

I announced my candidacy April 23, 2007, after being selected and endorsed by the 2007 Reform Mayor search committee, consisting of a cross-section of Blacks, Whites, Latinos and Asians from throughout Chicago. The goal of the search committee was to ensure that we had only one progressive candidate for mayor. With wide-based Community support, the Walls for Mayor Campaign has the largest volunteer force of any active campaign.

irishpirate / January 19, 2007 1:39 PM

Yea,

Doc Walls is gonna win in a landslide. Also Angelina Jolie is in my bed right now........waiting for me.

ARRRRRRRRRRRRGH

Pat / January 20, 2007 6:56 AM

Regarding the 46th Ward politics & Shiller's longstanding commitment of gays: If you were at the closing of the Gay Games, you heard extremely loud booing of ONLY Helen. It was so loud that it was shocking. I have never met a gay living in the 46th Ward who DOES support Helen. She does have support from some gay leaders, but they don't live in the ward, they don't shop in the ward, and they don't attend ward events.

Some of the gay leaders are doing what all politicians do. They back up a friend. Backing up friends is what got Tod Stroger at Board Prez of Cook County. Is that the kind of politics we want in the 46th Ward?

We are long overdue for a change. The retail along N. Broadway is disgusting and it has been disgusting during Shiller's entire 20 year reign.

dm / January 22, 2007 3:10 PM

Dock Walls is delusional if he thinks that his tenure of holding Harold Washington's coat and getting sandwiches for the Mayor's cabinet, from over 20 years ago mind you, are the qualifications that Chicagoans will back with their votes on election day.

Tired of the Lies / February 8, 2007 11:15 PM

“Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.” ~Thomas Jefferson

Fioretti and Developer Money

• Bob Fioretti has repeatedly said throughout his campaign that he is “the only candidate” not taking money from developers in the 2nd Ward race.

• He has even said that he has “been criticized by other candidates in this race for not taking money from developers”.

• But the truth is that Bob Fioretti HAS taken money from developers.

• Bob Fioretti has said that he will also stop Pay to Play in Chicago Politics.

Case In Point

• Bob Fioretti tried on several occasions to get real estate developer Robert Krilich, Sr. out of jail after he had been convicted in Federal Court on racketeering, fraud, and bribery charges.

• In short, the first time Fioretti represented Krilich, it was because he violated a U.S EPA decree to repair environmental damage cause by one of his developments. He was eventually fined just over 1.2 million dollars by the U.S. EPA.

• The second time, Fioretti tried to get Krilich out of jail after he had bribed a government official on various occasions to help divert public funds to one of Krilich’s real estate developments.

• Despite convictions based on Krilcih’s written admission of guilt and “significant evidence of (his) guilt”, including eyewitness testimony and documentary evidence of false invoices and claims, Bob Fioretti willingly championed Krilich’s attempt to escape his punishment.

• The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Fioretti and Krilich were wrong and Krilich remained in Federal prison. Original Case No. 92 C 55354 Appellate Case No. 96-3730 Appearance Filed By Robert Fioretti Representing Krilich, et al. – July, 22, 2003.

Original Case No. 94 CR 419 Appellate Case No. 00 CV 06078 Appearance Filed By Robert Fioretti Representing Krilich – January 27, 2005.

• So what Bob Fioretti should really start saying is that he doesn’t take money from developers as political contributions. But he DOES take money from crooked developers for personal profit.

Closing Point

• This was one of the first “Pay to Play” cases in the State of Illinois. Bob Fiorettti had no problem taking money from a crooked developer in this instance. He also had no moral issue with representing someone involved in a “Pay to Play” case.

• He has used this money from representing crooked developers to fund his race for alderman, which in politics is called SOFT MONEY.

• Bob Fioretti has spent thousands of SOFT DOLLARS of DEVELOPER MONEY on his campaign for alderman up to this point. Just look at money transferred from his law firm to his campaign fund. This is evident in his campaign disclosures. More “soft dollars” should be evident in the upcoming weeks as more campaign contribution reporting is required by law.

Fioretti and Excessive Legal Billing with the City

• Bob Fioretti keeps saying that excessive legal billing is one of the reasons the City has money problems.

• But Bob Fioretti is one of the people who is responsible for excessively billing the City.

Case In Point

• Bob Fioretti represented a City of Chicago employee who, during random drug testing, tested positive for morphine. The employee requested a drug test a month later and tested positive for morphine a second time.

• The City employee had no prescription for morphine and could not offer any excuse or explanation for morphine in his system TWICE and was subsequently fired.

• Bob Fioretti represented the employee against the City of Chicago. He filed a lawsuit saying that the level of morphine wasn’t high enough for the employee to be fired and that the employee had his urine “searched” unconstitutionally and unreasonably.

• Fioretti demanded that the City rehire the employee and that YOU, the taxpayers of the City of Chicago, reimburse the employee for the employee’s back pay, and that the drug testing service and the doctor who retested the sample pay punitive damages.

• Fioretti also demanded that the legal fees for representing the employee, who had twice tested positive for morphine, be paid by YOU, the taxpayers of the City of Chicago.

• City of Chicago attorneys argued that the City fired the employee to maintain the public safety of the citizens.

• A Federal Judge dismissed the case completely.

Closing Point

• Bob Fioretti is one of the reasons the City has problems with excessive legal billing.

• By representing someone like this, Bob Fioretti is saying it’s okay if City workers are on drugs at work while being paid by YOU, the taxpayer!

• I understand it is Bob Fioretti’s right as an attorney to represent whoever he wants, but it is a double standard to represent a City employee who tested positive twice for morphine and say that it is okay for this to occur. Then a few years later he decides to run for alderman. I’m absolutely sure he would say that it is not right for a City employee to be under the influence of drugs on the job now that he is a candidate for alderman.

• Enough double talk Bob. Take a stance on an issue and stick to it.

Case No. 02 C 7267 Appearance Filed By Robert Fioretti October 9, 2002

“Fioretti is a righteous defender of the underdog.”??

Bob Fioretti is a trial lawyer and lobbyist. He claims to be a good-hearted civil rights attorney and “Great White Hope” for the 2nd Ward. He is on pace to spend the most money ever in an aldermanic race. His campaign contribution reports are fabricated. He hasn’t reported nearly half of what he has spent. Paying people $50 dollars for the day to collect signatures on election day in November at polling places throughout the ward, at least 5 mailers by the first of the year, etc.

The truth is that he’s just another rich white guy with an ego trying to buy a public office. Voters have seen this before. We didn’t fall for it then and we won’t fall for it now!

Here’s more. Bob is a registered lobbyist representing Alanco Technologies.

ROBERT W. FIORETTI Midwest Public Affairs Group 39 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1400 CHICAGO, IL 60603 (312) 315-0848 ALANCO TECHNOLOGIES, INC This company is one of the largest manufactureres of electronic home monitoring devices in the United States. Bob profits from the pain of people who wear these devices.

Bob has done some noble work, with cases such as the Baby Tamia case. But should someone who calls themself a “civil rights attorney” also be lobbying for government business on behalf of a company like this?

No More Plantation Massas / February 11, 2007 2:59 PM

Toni Foulkes' involvement with the Living Wage Campaign was on the backend. When key scheduled ACORN actions were going on, the slave, aka Toni Foulkes, was not to be found. It is obvious that SEIU and ACORN (who sued the state of California to get out of paying its employees the state's minimum wage) are buying the baker candidate in the 15th ward. They are totally challenged to manufacture her leadership or other required skills to effectively meet the demanding needs of the 15th Ward. So you see slick looking mailers with no substance or history. Through endorsements, but not money, the other unions are attempting to provide a cover for this poorly disguised attempt for SEIU and ACORN to control the future of the constituents of the Ward. To date financial contributions of her own union are less than half of SEIU. Why? The reason UFCW gave for backing the slave ,was not becasue she is a qualified candidate, but because she is a member. So ACORN, UFCW, and SEIU members what is the message from your leaders? You obviously should not consider the qualified people for leadership positions, but MUST follow whatever the massas (leaders) say. Break the shackles!!

 

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