Wednesday, December 20, 2006

"Otherwise, this would be one of the hottest races in the city."

My dad is real smart politically. He likes to point out that all of Ald. Stone's election opponents have since left the ward. That is the power of Berny Stone. My dad, who's watched ward politics for longer than I have, says that Stone likes to "set people up," before he knocks them out. It's a boxing analogy. Maybe Stone fancies himself a street fighter.

I watch this race from that perspective. We now know that 4 people have filed, including Stone. I, like the reporter, wonder why Stone hasn't retired. His health is a tremendous concern. But that's another conversation. I worry that voters may be losing the nerve for this race. Concerns in the ward have been echoed by Rich Miller: "That fight in 50 is gonna be interesting. The best news for the broken down warhorse incumbent Bernie Stone is that he faces two strong opponents, who could cancel each other out. Otherwise, this would be one of the hottest races in the city."

More telling, I have neighbors who say they want to remain neutral until "We know who Stone's opponent will be." If my dad is right, Stone's opponent will be no one. The other people on the ballot will be beating up each other. That's no good. We need some heroes.

12 Comments:

At December 20, 2006 9:37 PM, Anonymous nobsnda50 said...

Hmmmm, interesting you would post Rich Miller's comments today, a week after they were published. Are you reacting to anything? Something we should know? Its obvious to anybody who is watching this race closely that Naisy has the momentum. She had a great day when she filed (excellent press as evident on the CapitalFaxBlog), she filed more petitions that anyone else in the ward. She has touched the most voters. She is building a strong team and SHE IS IN THE RACE UNTIL THE END. She is campaigning fulltime. I expect the other candidates and their supporters to try to intimidate her but its not going to work. Naisy is the candidate to watch in the race to watch.

 
At December 20, 2006 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just keep telling yourself that, sweetheart. Obviously there's a lot that you don't know.

 
At December 21, 2006 1:50 AM, Anonymous Uncle Berny's Favored One said...

I received an interesting phone call last week. They said Aftab is nutty, Dolar will only represent the Asians, and Brewer never even voted in a municipal election before, much less against Stone!

Prediction: Uncle Berny will wipe the floor with them.

 
At December 21, 2006 3:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nobsnda50 sounds mighty defensive. Does this mean that Naisy would rather see Stone win? nobsnda50 then would be wrongly named!

 
At December 21, 2006 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Uncle Bernie" regularly wipes the floor with the people of the 50th ward. People are sick of being treated like crap by a corrupt, career politician who never saw a bribe he didn't like.

My prediction is that people will remember that on election day.

 
At December 21, 2006 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sure would be a shame if Bernie was elected to another term. That would definitely be a shame.

 
At December 22, 2006 2:07 PM, Blogger JS in the 50th said...

The Christian holiday season is demanding in my profession. So you will understand why I can't spend as much attention on this as I might like. What drove me to post was the observations of a neighbor, who doesn't want to decide between the three challengers. I believe neutrality means Stone's re-election.

I don't share your impression of the petition day coverage. Carol Marin's report suggested that Naisy was immature. This isn't high school, and we're not electing a head cheerleader for the 50th Ward. We're electing an alderman. We don't need another alderman who embarrasses us.

Naisy is cute, but she's not serious. This isn't a circus. People are ill-served by the current alderman. Perhaps we could ask that Naisy start to take that seriously.

 
At December 22, 2006 3:49 PM, Anonymous nobsnda50 said...

"Carol Marin's report suggests Naisy is immature?" Carol never mentioned Naisy. Obviously we know you are shill for Brewer so you comments should be taken with a grain of salt.

Explain to me why we should not take Naisy seriously? Her 8 years in City Hall? Her activism within the ward, a ward she has lived in since she was a child? Her work to get the 24 hour parking meters on Devon removed? Her position on the Secretary on Decatur Classical School's Local School Council? Her masters from Roosevelt.

Go ahead JS, tell us why not to take Naisy seriously. Is this one of those posts that speaks so much truth you will be forced to delete it? Tell me and others why not to take Naisy seriously. Is it because she is not a white male and she can't be taken seriously. C'mon tell us why not to take her seriously.

 
At December 22, 2006 5:06 PM, Blogger JS in the 50th said...

I'm for beating Stone, a stand that seems to elude you. And I didn't ask you to take Naisy seriously (or not), I requested that she take the position of alderman seriously. That seems to elude you, as well.

 
At December 22, 2006 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The biggest reason why no one should take Naisy seriously is that she has a poorly planned, underfunded, unorganized campaign with no hope at all of beating Berny Stone. Given that she claims she has been planning this for two years, there is absolutely no excuse for the campaign that Naisy has created. Even if Naisy was the best candidate in the universe, she would never be able to beat Stone with the campaign she is running. Naisy's supporters must understand that there will be no change in the community if Stone is not defeated.

People know this and have responded accordingly.

If Naisy really cared about changing the community and implementing a strategic plan to oust Stone, she would partner herself with Greg Brewer. He has proven to us that he is prepared to do what is needed in order to win. Sadly, it seems Naisy is more interested in promoting herself and seeing her name in lights "leading the Asian community to a new era with this historic campaign". She really does seem to fancy herself some sort of superhero. And that's sad because that is not what governing is about.

The 50th ward and the City of Chicago doesn't need someone with an inflated ego, messianic complex, and limitless naivete serving in government. No government needs that.

 
At December 22, 2006 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, calling people racist or sexist for asking serious questions of your candidate isn't going to win you any friends, and it sure as heck isn't going to win you any elections.

How many people did Dolar supervise at City Hall?

Why do I want a Daley appointee as alderman when Berny Stone is already loyal to the mayor? (Not that the mayor is bad. I just want an alderman who can think for himself or herself.)

For that matter, she worked for the mayor. Is he backing her? Did he ask her to run?

Has she ever held a private-sector job like the vast majority of the people in the ward?

And why should I care about parking meters on Devon?

 
At December 23, 2006 10:11 AM, Anonymous Rachel Meyers said...

Because she is not a white male? You're kidding, right?

We don't need racist garbage from our alderman. If Naisy Dolar feels she has to resort to racist rhetoric to win, she is not the person we want representing us. Too many of us have dealt with racism and religious persecution to tolerate this kind of thing. We've been backed into corners before and we're not going to take it again. Never again!

Naisy Dolar should be ashamed of herself. And you should be ashamed of yourself, too.

 

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