Tuesday, August 5, 2014

WBEZ: Criticism for new super PAC supporting Mayor

Via 6th Ward Chicago IG
[AUDIO] Tuesday afternoon Ald. Roderick Sawyer of the 6th Ward was on WBEZ's Afternoon Shift discussing recent news about a PAC that is expected to target the eight Aldermen of the City Council's independent progressive caucus.

The Sun-Times wrote about this PAC on Monday.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s allies created a new super-PAC that has already raked in $1.35 million from a handful of business titans to “destroy” the City Council’s Progressive Caucus, according to one of the political targets.

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), who is mulling a race for mayor against Emanuel, said “Chicago Forward” is a thinly veiled attempt to stifle City Council dissent by “taking out” eight aldermen with the guts to stand up to Emanuel.

The Progressive Caucus has been Emanuel’s most persistent critic. It includes Fioretti and seven colleagues: Leslie Hairston (5th), Roderick Sawyer (6th), Toni Foulkes (15th), Ricardo Munoz (22nd), Scott Waguespack (32nd), Nick Sposato (36th) and John Arena (45th).

Emanuel was apparently so concerned about the group’s legislative agenda that includes an elected school board, a moratorium on charter openings, more police hiring and a transaction tax on LaSalle Street exchanges, he persuaded 10 aldermen to break away from the Progressive Caucus and launch their own, more moderate “Paul Douglas Alliance.”

That’s a divide-and-conquer move that further solidifies Emanuel’s hold on the Council.

“He’s raising money to destroy people. That PAC was created to destroy eight aldermen and their beliefs. Every time somebody does something [contrary to the mayor’s agenda], you’ll receive a mailer about it,” Fioretti told the Chicago Sun-Times.
So, it appears the Mayor is certain to insert himself indirectly into the local campaigns in Chicago's wards.


  1. So who will be his horse in the 6th ward race?

    1. Brian Garner, former Alderman Lyle's old Ward Supt.! He has the backing of Judge Steele and the old guard like Lyle, Congressman Bobby Rush, Aldermen Brookins, Harris and Beale. They all want to keep the 6th ward and our big mouths from influencing their constituents to think for themselves and kick them all out of office as payback for all the ills they spewed upon our entire area! Hopefully the Feds will scoop Brookins up soon and voters will pick off the others. Maybe Latasha Thomas too!

    2. In this day, age and time, it is time for a fresh start with a new face. People all over this great city are tired of the he same old same that constantly ends up the same. Brian Garner offers a a pleasant choice for the residents / voters of the 6 Ward due to his passion to "Bring Back The Neighborhood" and reclaim the status of one of Chicago's and the countries most estabished and affuient Arican American Communities known. He will achieve this by harnessing and garnering what has been ignored "The People and Their Voices." Brian Garner is and will be the choice of the people he as always represented and treated with the passion to care.


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