The September, 2010 decision by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to not seek an unprecedented seventh term, set into motion a fury of applicants to seek the lucrative and lofty position of leadership amid a sea of corruption. Apparently the position of Mayor of Chicago is so influential and financially valuable that some are willing to even permanently leave Washington, D.C.
With that in mind I urge you to take a look at a recent article that ran in the Chicago Sun Times which addresses the candidacy of current shady Congressman Luis Gutierrez, an influential voice in the Latino community.
Names like Rahm Emanuel; ex-Senator Carol Mosley Braun, with campaign funding and other violations in her past; incarcerated political fundraiser Tony Rezko; and the pending trial of ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich will all come into play in this political orgy. The black community feels they deserve the mayor’s position, but the Latino community wants a piece of the action, too. Just how influential the well-healed Jewish community is will also be interesting to determine.
President Barack Obama has deep involvement here and his close relationship to Rahm Emanuel (his Chief of Staff until October) places him in an interesting and complicated position when it comes to endorsing Emanuel and not offending his political base in the black and Hispanic constitutiency. The knives are out, and believe me they will be inflicting great damage in the weeks and months ahead running up to the election in February, 2011. (If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, there will be a run-off by the top two vote getters in April.)
The political theatre will be most interesting in the months ahead and I predict there will be many surprising developments occurring. The shady deals and back-room meetings in smoke filled rooms are taking place as we go about our daily lives. Can Chicago/Illinois politics ever get cleaned up?