I am so astounded by what’s going on in the Chicago mayoral race, that I’m going to tell you about it here. U.S. Congressman Danny Davis – early on – was running as the African-American candidate in the 2011 mayoral election which is going to be held tomorrow in the Windy City. The predicted winner, incidentally, is Rahm Emanuel.
You may be confused as to why I say ‘the’ African-American candidate as if there can only be one. You must have forgotten – Jesse Jackson is in Chicago. His philosophy – and the philosophy of other influential Blacks in the city – is that there should only be one candidate of the African-American persuasion if a Black is going to win. By now, even Jesse will admit that this philosophy under his orchestration has totally flopped.
Anyway, Danny Davis relinquished his campaign and backed former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun after meeting with Jackson, Braun, and another Black candidate named the Sen. Rev. James Meeks in December of last year. If it wasn’t bad enough that Davis was apparently talked out of running, he was also won over in becoming a typical Chicago politician in the process. The formerly nice guy and clean-imaged Danny Davis has been involved with several controversies since linking up with Jackson and Braun. The latest involves the a radio ad for Carol Moseley Braun which was performed by Danny Davis.
The radio ad for Carol Moseley Braun released this weekend hears Congressman Davis quoting the Bible to get Blacks to support Braun. 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 – yes, in spite of all the orchestration, Emanuel reportedly has 51% of the Black vote going into the election!
Danny Davis’ and the Braun camp’s efforts to win at this point are no less than 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 tellus 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 certainly shown his true colors and has shown us the only part of Chicago he is really fighting for. Chicago needs a mayor – and a congressman – 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 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 Davis was 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 to become 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 in another. They were joined by 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 they go there often. They tried to give the impression that they just happened to be there. Yeah, right! How long before they’re complaining Rahm isn’t back in their neighborhood as Mayor of the city? You can’t have it both ways – not welcome when campaigning but ‘better be here helping us’ when he becomes mayor!’
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.
Hopefully, Chicago’s horrendous reputation for having poor politicians will end with the new mayor. It certainly hasn’t ended with the mayoral campaign!
The nation’s eyes have been on Chicago during this mayoral campaign due to the candidacy of a national figure, former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. It was Chicago’s opportunity to start erasing the political reputation of old. I expected so much more dignity expressed by all of the candidates this time around and got this instead. Danny and Carol carried on the dirty Chicago politics of old – and it absolutely, positively, unequivically sickens me.