I remember the 1979 election for Mayor of Chicago.
Jane Byrne upset Michael Bilandic. Election night I was in the basement polling booth when the Democratic Party Machine precinct captain dragged this poor guy in the door to vote for Bilandic. The guy was clearly clueless and had too much to drink and there were so many poll watchers that the captain couldn’t actually pull the lever for him as he normally would.
The poor guy stood in the booth yelling, “Now what do I do? I can’t afford to give you the five bucks back. What do I do?”
The precinct captain was only slightly embarrassed.
In 1979 a vote from the local wino cost the Democratic Machine five bucks.
I wasn’t shocked to read that Willie Wilson and Bruce Rauner were at a local church where Wilson was handing out handfuls of cash to local parishioners.
Oh. The local media was shocked. But most of them aren’t from around here.
I’m only sorry I don’t go to that church. On that day.
Bruce Rauner is running and losing in his effort to remain as Illinois Governor. Willie Wilson is running for Mayor in 2019.
Rauner and Democratic opponent, JB Pritzker, are spending $300,000 a day to get elected.
I have no idea if handing out cash for votes is illegal. I’m pretty sure it’s not ethical. But this is Chicago.
It is small time stuff compared to Mayor “Whose your daddy?” Rahm. He’s collected $12 million in campaign funds so far.
Retiring Alderman Ricardo Muñoz agreed with me on Friday’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers that there is a point of diminishing returns in elections. He said he figures it would take only $7 million to successfully beat the Mayor.
By the way, I hold no grudge that Ric waited until yesterday to announce that he was not going to stay as dean of the Latino alderman in the Chicago City Council. He gave that scoop to Carol Marin. He could have shared that with us on Friday, but like I said, I hold no grudge. He’s been a good alderman and I wish him well.
I’m no campaign expert, so I don’t know about that $7 million figure.
I believe in movements.
As for Wilson and his cash handouts in a church.
On the day Amazon announced a shortlist of 20 potential cities for its second headquarters, the executive, Jay Carney, wrote Mayor Rahm Emanuel an email saying “everyone” was impressed with Chicago’s bid, the Chicago Tribune reports.
“Rahm — Assume you saw our news. We look forward to diving in deeper on Chicago’s proposal,” Carney, who is Amazon’s senior vice president of corporate affairs, wrote January 18. “As I think I mentioned before, everyone here was impressed with the proposal your team put together. Many thanks, Jay.”
Emanuel responded with a reference to a real-estate rankings list published by Redfin.
“Yes aware. Thanks,” he wrote. “Hope you saw the recognition of our neighborhoods (7) that have it all!”
Carney wrote back: “I did. Good stuff.”
Then Emanuel replied: “Whose (sic) your daddy? Talk soon. Hope family is good.”
Rahm to Amazon’s Carney: “Who’s your daddy?”
Compared to Rahm, Willie Wilson is a small time piker.