Daily Dose of Daley
Despite all the smoke at Wednesday's city council meeting, expect that most of those aldermen "considering" a run for Mayor to fall by the wayside during the next few weeks.
Soon after White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel sweeps into town and scoops up the lion's share of the political money available for next year's city election, the aldermanic wanna-be's will decide that its not worth giving up their seat on the city council for a longshot chance to be the boss.
Actually, Aldermen Bob Fioretti (2nd) and Scott Waguespack (32nd) would have fared better in a first-round race against Mayor Richard M. Daley. That's because Emanuel and Sheriff Tom Dart, two established pols with established money sources, were on the record saying they'd never campaign against the incumbent. It now appears likely that both Emanuel and Dart will be candidates February 22, 2011.
Speaking of money, U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush is using his experienced hand to make sure an African-American candidate for mayor is "part of the conversation". Rush has told black political leaders that the first order of business--even before arriving at a consensus on who that candidate should be--is making sure that he or she is well-funded. Rush said yesterday he will use his contacts around the country to raise money.
Incidentally, the conventional wisdom is that it will take $3-5 million dollars to fund a campaign for Mayor of Chicago.
And what about the impact of Daley's retirement plan on the November 2nd general election?
I'm told that literally within hours of the announcement, mayoral hopefuls began hitting on well-known political donors for campaign cash. So much so that one statewide candidate described for me the experience of being "put on hold" Tuesday afternoon.
Also, those statewide candidates who bought TV time this week in the Chicago market have got to be wondering if it was worth it. Certainly, viewership of the newscasts they prefer is up, swelled by the "politically-engaged" viewers they also prefer.
But during the past two days, have Chicago area voters really paid attention to the November 2nd election?
Or do the ads this week about the general election amount to not much more than political noise?