Our Next White Male Mayor?
And what perhaps is more ominous for hizzoner, a whopping 53% of the 500 registered voters surveyed July 8-14 said they do not want to see Daley re-elected for an unprecedented seventh term.
The poll result was so stunning that the Chicago Sun-Times broke protocol and did its own story about its rival's survey for its on-line edition on Sunday. In both publications, the reports speculated on what pols might consider running against the wounded incumbent.
That's where this post begins.
The Trib and Sun-Times reporters listed possible candidates including White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman, Cook County Assessor James Houlihan and Sheriff Tom Dart. From the ranks of Aldermen they mentioned Scott Waguespack (32nd), Robert Fioretti (2nd), Tom Allen (38th), Tom Tunney (44th) and Sandi Jackson (7th).
Mrs. Jackson, the wife of Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and the only female or minority possibility mentioned, is nearing the end of her first term and according to sources in her ward is no cinch for re-election. She's considered a "back bencher" on the city council and during the winter campaign, can expect a serious controversy over whether she lives in South Shore or Washington, D.C.. And to make matters worse, her husband (once considered a mayoral hopeful) is embroiled in the Rod Blagojevich corruption case.
So howizzit that my colleagues at the city's two largest daily newspapers listed all those white males in their stories when considering who might run for mayor in 2011? If you believe the most generous count of the city's white population (40%), then the "pool" from which the reporters chose includes only 20% of the people living in Chicago.
Are the Trib/Sun-Times scribes saying they don't consider any blacks or latinos or females (besides Alderman Jackson) as viable possible candidates in a city where people of those ethnicities comprise an overwhelming majority?
For the record: There are many people of color and women qualified to run Chicago and capable of winning a citywide election for mayor.
By the way, the by-lines atop the reports in both newspapers included no people of color.
This is a classic case of how reporters sometimes allow their personal points of view to leak into the speculative parts of their stories.
Its the kind of reporting that ENRAGES minorities and women.