“While we recognize the right of any individual to endorse and support any candidate that they so choose, I am seriously concerned and disturbed by press reports that former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to come to Chicago to campaign for Rahm Emanuel, who is a candidate for Mayor. The African American community has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Clintons, however it appears as though some of that relationship maybe fractured and perhaps even broken should former President Clinton come to town and participate overtly in efforts to thwart the legitimate political aspirations of Chicago’s Black community. We respectfully request and urge former President Clinton not to become involved in the Chicago Mayoral Election.”
~ U.S. Representative and candidate for Mayor of Chicago, Danny Davis, on the possibility of Bill Clinton endorsing Rahm Emanuel.
Oh Danny, it sounds like you’re just jealous that Rahm’s got bigger, badder friends than you do. In what race do candidates not call in favors from their bffls in high places? What makes one groups political aspirations more “legitimate” than another’s?
In more mayoral news, Carol Moseley Braun takes a nasty beating at the keyboard of Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg, “She represents the egomaniacal muddle that Chicago black leadership has slid into, where calls for imaginary and self-destructive racial solidarity trump minor concerns like reason or history.” Ouch.