Sunday, January 21, 2007

Signs that Stone Runs Scared

Seven months ago, Ald. Stone wrote a Letter to the Editor of the Chicago Reader. In his normally arrogant tone, he invited Greg Brewer into the race for Alderman: "Come on in—the water is fine." Seems he wished he could rescind that invitation.

Friday I drove past the Brewer headquarters at Lunt and Western. There are Stone signs plastered all over that building. One empty storefront screams, "I'm scared, Mr. Brewer! Go away!"

But I'm betting the message is aimed more at Brewer's supporters (and the voters in the 50th) than anything else. That's our Berny. If you don't love him, he wants you to fear him. Very scared is even better. It's an old mob thing. He's all about intimidation. Thus his blatant attempt at public humiliation. Or so they think.

For comparison, this morning I drove by Salman's and Naisy's headquarters. No real sign of Stone activity. The empty storefront near Naisy's has a "For Rent" sign, but no Standing with Stone, no signs that express Stone's need to intimidate Naisy's supporters. They pose no threat to him.

Stone is clearly scared of Greg Brewer. So buck up, Brewer supporters! The recent additions around your campaign office should be viewed as an indicator that you've gotten under Berny's skin. He's scared. He's feeling cornered. He knows that Brewer is his only real competition, and he continues to show that month after month.

If you haven't seen the "I'm scared" Stone signs, you should take a look. It's a hoot. Everyone will laugh by how scared Stone and his supporters are acting. Then we should do everything we can do make Berny's fears of losing real.

30 Comments:

At January 21, 2007 11:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Stone's huge banner near Dolar's office, by the 7-11. Did you miss it, JS?

 
At January 22, 2007 6:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The signs you refer to are all over the ward not just in the three areas you talk about JS!!!!! Just like the other canidates. Just like Ward 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.....28, 29, 30....45, 46, 47, 48, 49. Just drive around the city.

 
At January 22, 2007 8:17 AM, Blogger JS in the 50th said...

Wow! The Naisy fans are really desperate! I can understand. Neither SEIU nor Ald. Stone think she's a credible candidate. I guess we can add the CFL to the list as well. It must be frustrating for you.

Are there signs in the building that Naisy has her campaign office? No. Is there an empty store front? Yes. There is a Stone sign across the street, half a block away. One sign. But, if you like, you can compare that one sign to the number of signs around Brewer's campaign headquarters as an indicator of who Stone fears. What is it? 15 to 1 for Brewer? 20 to 1? 30 to 1?

When you stop being emotional, you might want to take a hard look at this race. That is, if you really want to see Stone beaten, like I do. Naisy doesn't cut it. Stone knows that he can crush her. Brewer is his only real competition, and the machine will do everything they can to keep Brewer down.

Naisy poses no threat to Stone. That's not just my assessment, there's plenty of evidence out there that it is widely shared.

 
At January 22, 2007 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see a sign from you blog of double standards for everyone except Brewer. So Brewer's sign son Kedzie along the fence North of Touhy( by the way are notlegally placed and technically in Skokie) are meant to intimidate no one?

 
At January 22, 2007 1:56 PM, Blogger JS in the 50th said...

I'm sorry, I don't understand your question. I'm not suggesting that signs are always intended to intimidate. For example, I don't think Naisy's signs are placed in the attempt to intimidate anyone. I am speculating (based on my run-ins with Ald. Stone) that Stone placed those signs mentioned in my post in the attempt to intimidate Brewer and his supporters.

Do you have any indicators that Stone is attempting to intimidate Naisy's supporters?

 
At January 22, 2007 3:55 PM, Blogger Hugh said...

all the issues facing our neighborhood

and you blog on handicapping the challengers based on the distance between Stone's signs and their offices?

say something

 
At January 23, 2007 12:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, it sure does look like Stone is scared all over the neighborhood. I've never seen him put so many signs up like that. Not for years and years.

 
At January 23, 2007 6:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every election, every canidate has sign everwhere. Some how now its intimidation? or running scared?

Do any of you travel outside of the 50th ward ever? There are aldermanic signes every where just like every 4 years

 
At January 23, 2007 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Stone has never done this so much or so early. It really is telling.

 
At January 23, 2007 9:09 AM, Blogger JS in the 50th said...

I've been in quite a few wards in the past week (about 10). Not one is blanketed with signs like the 50th. In the 42nd (Natarus), you can hardly find a sign for the incumbent, and that's supposed to be as competitive as the 50th. There are some, but few and far between.

What ward do you think has as much activity as the 50th? What ward has the incumbent virtually blanketed the ward? Perhaps we travel in different areas.

 
At January 24, 2007 12:00 AM, Anonymous uncle berny's favored one said...

Uncle Berny isn't afraid of anyone. Cousin Ilana isn't afraid if anyone either. If your concern is sign to office proximity, then that's another reason why we are unbeatable.

 
At January 24, 2007 3:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Js Look at Ward 39, 41, 45, 2 to name faw with ;ots a signs

 
At January 24, 2007 8:32 AM, Blogger JS in the 50th said...

I don't know, Favored One. The fact that Berny is negotiating with the machine to bring in additional help tells me he's scared. The fact that he's having to suck up to the rabbinical council says that, too.

Berny's losing his hold on the ward. There's no chance that Ilana could win, and you know it. You'd have a better chance than her. True, Naisy's presence in the race probably does help Berny's re-election.

Anonymous: Outside of 2, which has lots of challengers, the wards you cite have only nominal competition to the incumbent. My comparison to 42 is a much closer analogy.

 
At January 24, 2007 9:15 AM, Anonymous uncle berny's favored one said...

Uncle Berny doesn't have to ask for help from the machine. First off, he has the Jewish precincts locked up. Greg, Naisy, and Salmon are fighting for just 30% of the vote. It wouldn't matter if there was one or 20 candidates in this race. No Jewish vote = No Win.

And it looks like the calvary won't be coming to save Brewer et al. SEUI is staying out.

Two more years until Pax Ilana!

 
At January 24, 2007 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree with that last blogger. Without the Jewish vote, the 50th is locked up for Stone to win. I hope that in the next two years, people can provide a solid front runner for the 50th instead of the circus that's been happening this year.

 
At January 24, 2007 11:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and why do u assume that the jewish community is just going to automatically vote for Bernie? The jewish community has countless reasons to be angry with Stone, and the fact is that with the high turnover in the ward (which includes Jews) his old block just isnt there anymore, at least not in the force that it once was. These new young jewish couples, some the kids of his old guards who have passed on, only see an old man who's past his prime and wants to subvert our democracy by planting his daughter after he's elected. By no means is the Jewish community a lock for Stone, far from it.

 
At January 25, 2007 12:46 AM, Anonymous Uncle Berny's favored one said...

Until you can provide proof that Brewer or Naisy have made inroads into the Jewish community, consider it locked. The few not satisfied with Stone will just not vote rather than vote against one of their own.

Salmon being a Muslim makes him a non-factor in three quarters of the ward.

 
At January 25, 2007 1:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Favored one, you and Bernie are gonna be in for a big big surprise on February 27th.

 
At January 26, 2007 12:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At January 26, 2007 12:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright JS, looks like your doing ur job if u can get a wicked response like that out of an idiot Stone guy.

 
At January 26, 2007 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And by the way, i take offense to you calling me a bigot, especially since I'm latino, and Brewer has been actively reaching out to ALL members of the community. In fact, he's even got some spanish speakers on his team specifically for those households that have trouble with english, of which there is a considerable amount. But Berny wouldnt know anything about that cause he just tells them that O'Connor is their alderman so he doesnt have to deal with them. Who's the real bigot? thats what i thought.

 
At January 26, 2007 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I SEE YOU REMOVED A DEFENSE OF STONE COMMENT--WHAT YOU DID WAS PROVE THE ORIGINAL POSTERS POINT-YOU ARE A TOOL OF THE SPECIAL -OUTSIDE THE 50THWARD INTERESTS WHO ARE USING YOUR HATRED OF BERNARD STONE TO CREATE AN ANTI-STONE CLUBHOUSE-NOW THAT YOU ARE BEING ENGAGED YOU WILL BE OPPOSED-AND DELETIONSOF PRO-STONE COMMENTS WILL SAY EVEN MORE TO THE READER THAN HAD YOU LEFT THEM STAND--YOU HAVE AROUSED THE PEOPLE TO REPEL YOUR HATE DRIVEN-SPECIAL INTEREST FUNDED ANTI-STONE CAMPAIGN--ON FEB27TH YOU AND THE OTHER BREWER BIGOTS WILL SEE 50TH WARD SHOCK AND AWE SHRED ALL-CARPETBAGGER LED -CANDIDACIES

 
At January 26, 2007 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOTHING BETTER THAN A BIGOT BEING OFFENDED-BERNIE STONE HAS BEEN A TRUE FRIEND TO THE LATINO COMMUNITY-DONT POST AS ANON. -SAY YOURE OFFENDED AND ALL THE WHILE LIE.50THWARDERS ARE O-F-F-E-N-D-E-D BY THE THE BIGOTRY AND HATRED DIRECTED AT STONE AND OUR COMMUNITY--BERNIE STONE REPRESENTS US -WHEN YOU INSULT AND LIBEL HIM YOU DO IT TO ALL OF US---INCIDENTALLY STONES FIELD FORCE IS TRULY REPRESENTATIVE OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS DIVERSITY- I KNOW -THEY RANG MY BELL LAST NITE

 
At January 26, 2007 11:02 AM, Blogger JS in the 50th said...

As I have said before, I will remove what I consider hateful speech or things I know to be untrue. You'll have to learn to live by the rules here.

Isn't it ironic that you post as anonymous (which most people do, given their fear and loathing of our alderman) while criticizing someone for posting as anonymous?

 
At January 26, 2007 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Shock and awe", huh? That's pretty appropriate from Stone's people given his support of the Iraq war.

Ya'll are a joke.

 
At January 26, 2007 2:08 PM, Anonymous Curious said...

What a dillema. I am a young guy, having grown up in the ward, lived here my entire life. I am really looking to get active and campaigning for a candidate this last month where it matters the most. I'm sure the campaigns are always looking for young energized individuals.

But......reading these blogs, confusing the heck out of me! There is just a barrage of hate campaigning going on.

Anyone want to provide proper facts on who the best candidate is? My family knows Bernie Stone, I am Asian, he isn't as bad as people make him out to be. Brewer and Dolar seem to be the most viable opposition Bernie has gotten in a long time. Although I lean toward Stone due to familiarity and I have seen his work and progress, these new candidates intrigue me.

Well some educated answers please, and yes I am a college graduate so not illiterate lol nor a bigot :)

Thanks! long time reader, first time posting :)

 
At January 27, 2007 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

R-E-A-D- T-H-I-S---- JS -SINCE YOU WONT POST ME I GUESS THIS IS MY WAY TO E-MAIL YOU--WHAT DO YOU THINK YOURE DOING?ITS CALLED C-E-N-S-O-R-SH-IP!! -DO YOU THINK THIS WONT BE WORSE FOR YOUR SIDE THAN ANYTHING I WOULD POST-I WONT LET THIS END-YOU ARE NOT GOING TO HELP THE BIGOTS HAVE SMEAR-STONE MONTH WITHOUT RETURN FIRE AND THE TRUTH -I AND OTHERS WILL EXPOSE EVERY DIRTY -BIGOTTED TRICK TO FOOL 50TH WARD VOTERS--IN FACT YOU MIGHT EVEN BE VIOLATING FREE SPEECH-YOU ARE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN-WHEN I SAID YOUR FIELD DAY WAS OVER YOU SHOULDNT HAVE GONE TO CENSORSHIP-YOU PROBABLY ARE COSTING YOUR CANDIDATE VOTES-LMAO-REMEMBER-YOU ARENT SO ANONYMOUS AND YOU DONT HAVE THE MONOPOLY ON I.T. PEOPLE

 
At January 28, 2007 1:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a nasty election

 
At January 28, 2007 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

awww did mean old JS make CAPS MAN cry? :'-(

 
At February 01, 2007 11:56 AM, Anonymous West Rogers Park Resident said...

JS -

The D2s are now available - is the Brewer campaign $85,000 in debt? How are they going to pay that back?

Greg Brewer was last (behind Salman Aftab!)in contributions, will the unions give him more money after they see those numbers?

 

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