A radio ad for Carol Moseley Braun released this past weekend hears fellow African-American and former Chicago mayoral candidate Danny Davis quoting the Bible to get Chicago Blacks to support Braun.
How sad it is that in 2011, Davis and Braun think the race card is still the way for an African-American to achieve in this city. Braun, at 6% in the most recent polls, enters tomorrow’s Chicago mayoral race in desperation to get the Black vote which recent polls give to Rahm Emanuel who reportedly has 51% of the Black votes out of all candidates.
Danny Davis’ and the Braun camp’s efforts to win at this point are no less than racially dividing to Chicago, as well as embarrassing and image-distructive to those engaged in the shenanigans.
In the radio ad, Congressman Davis tells radio listeners:
‘My mother often told us that it is a poor dog that will not wag its own tail. My father would tell us that the Bible says any man who will not support his own house is worse than any infidel.’
Davis’ words are obviously attempting to tell Black voters to vote for Braun because the Bible says to do so. This charade will likely haunt Davis in the future – as it should. As a former Davis supporter, I am amazed at what he can apparently be talked into doing when he spends his time in Chicago with the likes of Jesse Jackson and Braun. He’s much more refined and respectable when based in Washington, D.C. without those influences. To me, he has proven to be much more of a follower throughout this campaign than a leader.
At this point, I’m embarrased to say that I supported Davis’ candidacy in the early days. By election day, Davis has gone overboard to show us all that the only part of Chicago he is really fighting for is his race. It took Jackson’s and Braun’s influences to bring his true colors forth. Chicago needs a candidate who will fight for all of Chicago – and that apparently ain’t Davis.
I’m sure his comrades in Washington, D.C. are witnessing his embarrassing performance these days in Chicago, as well. How sad. One of the few political Chicago legends that Chicagoans could be proud of has turned into another deep embarrassment for the city. It has happened right before our very eyes in the two short months since he met with Jackson, Braun, and Meeks on New Year’s Eve. That week’s meeting and the culminating announcement that Davis wouldn’t run is when the public saw what had become of Davis after being pulled in by the Jackson-Braun team. Let Jackson and Davis both figure out that that was the day Rahm won the election – hands down! And Davis only has himself to blame for letting these two influence him into becoming one of them.
This morning, while Davis and Braun were defending the ad in one area of the South Side, Jesse Jackson and Bobby Rush were joined in the presence of other Carol Moseley Braun supporters to ambush Rahm Emanuel’s planned appearance at a restaurant where the Braun supporters were chanting ‘Carol, Carol, Carol.’ Bobby and Jesse claimed that that’s their restaurant in their neighborhood, and said they go there often. They tried to give the impression that they just happened to be there. Yeah, right!
C’mon, Jesse, this is an election for the mayor of Chicago – not a junior high secretary of the class’ race! Quit playing the juvenile games. It’s over, Jesse! You destroyed it for a Black candidate the minute you interferred and disposed of Danny – can’t you figure that out? With Danny in, at least there would have been a Black-White run-off with Rahm. You ruined it as bad as Danny did when he allowed you to control his candidacy status. You, Jesse, backed the wrong one. I could have told you that long ago. But no, you think you know it all. Danny was your man – not Carol!
Rahm Emanuel came out looking like a champion again as he appeared not to be shaken at all by the Braun supporters – and even walked across the restaurant and respectfully shook the hand of the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
If only Jackson, Davis, and Braun could have such respectful grace in their attempt to civily win this mayoral race without the antics that have embarrassed Chicago much too long.
Thank God the election is tomorrow, and at least Braun and her schemers will be out of the race for good.