People who know me will think I have gone batty in my old age.
Or had too much to drink at the Hideout last night.
But I am throwing a school principal’s hat into the ring for Mayor of Chicago.
Me. A thirty-year teacher and former local union president is supporting a school principal for mayor?
“And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together.”
I’m quoting from the Bible? Maybe I did have one too many at the Hideout last night.
Plus, I don’t know what a fatling is.
Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke hosted their monthly meeting, First Tuesday, at the usually rockin’ Hideout yesterday. Joining Joravsky and Dumke was Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union and my past candidate for Chicago Mayor. They also invited Troy LaRaviere, principal of Blaine elementary school in Lakeview.
Ben asked Karen if she would run for mayor again and she said no.
By the way, when asked about her health, Karen said she was having a good week. And she sounded great.
But I heard her say to Troy, “You should run.”
That’s is when it struck me: We have a candidate.
A school principal!
And you heard it from me first.
And I heard it from Karen first.
I prefer to take that as an unofficial early endorsement from Karen.
Troy has received attention for speaking out forcefully against the education policies of the current mayor.
His own personal story of a poor Black kid of a white mother raised on the southside, joining the Navy and then finding his way, graduating from the University of Illinois to become a CPS principal, is inspiring.
He told that story last night and it was riveting.
And his critique of the political and economic corruption in this most corrupt of American cites is right on target. He goes far beyond describing what the one percent have done to our public neighborhood schools.
This guy understands what they are doing to our city and our people.
And I only had one beer.