Thursday, January 18, 2007

SEIU Asks Naisy Dolar to Quit Race

In a bombshell, the Pioneer Press News-Star reports that SEIU has asked Naisy Dolar, who once claimed that SEIU was supporting her, to quit the race for 50th Ward Alderman. Naisy herself is the source of this information.

This story is now online. I'd suggest you pick up a copy of the News-Star and read Lorraine Swanson's story. I've included it, in part:

Dolar: 'I was asked to step down'
Candidate in the 50th Ward claims SEIU wants her out

While the jury is still out on whether the 50th ward aldermanic race will be a dog fight or a cake walk, one organization apparently feels that one of Ald. Berny Stone's challengers has a chance of defeating the long-time City Council member in the upcoming city election.

Aldermanic candidate Naisy Dolar acknowledged that she and fellow challenger Greg Brewer, an architect and community organizer, both met with a political team from the Service Employees International Union's Illinois Council last month, which asked one of the challengers to drop out of the race.

"It is true. All I can say is that this is part of the game of politics," Dolar said.

So ends Naisy's dream of becoming the primary alternative to Ald. Stone. The major anti-Stone forces in the city and ward have rejected her attempt to become the "first Asian-American alderman" (a distinction that Salman Aftab would also have, should he be elected). The divisive tactics that I've witnessed may be the cause of Naisy being rejected by the primary voices for change in Chicago.

Remember this was about the same time as Rich Miller's comments that "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." Perhaps SEIU hasn't given up on beating Berny Stone. Too bad Naisy didn't consider the good of the ward when she rejected SEIU's overture.


At January 18, 2007 9:02 AM, Anonymous credibility said...

Did Naisy Dolar say that she had the backing of the SEIU? Did she say this to you in person? If not, I find it not credible. Your only citation is your own blog.

At January 18, 2007 9:14 AM, Blogger JS in the 50th said...

Yes. Naisy did tell me that one of the several times I've met her and talked with her.

Is there a reason that I should not have taken her word for it?

At January 18, 2007 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article in now available online.,SN-NaisyDolar-111707-s1-1.article

At January 18, 2007 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone should take Naisy's word for anything.

At January 19, 2007 6:43 AM, Anonymous CW said...

Your selective excerpting of this article is shameful, JS. Here's a relevant quote from the article: "Asked specifically if the SEIU asked Dolar to drop out of the race, McMullen (of the SEIU) said she was unaware of any 'formal request.'"

At January 19, 2007 9:49 AM, Blogger JS in the 50th said...

Again, should I not take Naisy's word for it? She was the one who said SEIU asked her to drop out. Why should I not believe Naisy?

At January 19, 2007 10:19 AM, Anonymous shocked said...

shouldn't we consider the fact that just because the unions have money doesn't mean they should be asking a candidate to withdraw from the race? it seems that seiu stepped over the line if they asked dolar to withdraw. they shouldn't do that with any candidate. if they don't want to endorse a candidate, then don't. but a private meeting? it's ridiculous. tell me how that is different from the power the "machine" holds.

At January 19, 2007 10:35 PM, Anonymous politics ain't bean bag said...

SEIU and all unions are only looking out for the interests of their members. If it is in their members' best interest to see Bernie Stone defeated, then it makes perfect sense for them to try and narrow the field of candidates. Harold Washington once said "Politics ain't bean bag", and he was right. This is serious stuff that impacts peoples' lives, not some pep rally run for student council president or homecomeing queen. Naisy Dolar doesn't have a hope in hell of beating Bernie Stone and the political big dogs know it.

At February 21, 2007 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the endorsements from the Chicago Tribune, Sun Times and the Reporter!


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