Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Aldermanic Rematch of a sorts...

Ald. Stone and Naisy Dolar will face off again on the ballot this February -- but not for alderman. This time, they will represent the Clinton and Obama campaigns in their respective slate of delegates for the Democratic National Convention.

Greg Brewer was also asked to run as a delegate by a presidential campaign, but he declined.

This development constitutes a change in apparent support for Berny Stone. Last February, Stone and the Democratic Club of the 50th Ward attended Barack Obama's kickoff in Chicago with a big banner declaring their support for Obama.

Jan Schakowsky was largely responsible for the selection of delegates in the 9th Congressional District. Convention delegates are selected by Congressional District. Schakowsky had previously endorsed Dolar in her aldermanic race. I seem to recall Stone swearing revenge on Schakowsky for this breach in political etiquette (according to Stone's idea of this), although I hadn't noticed an opponent showing up in Jan's race. Of course, Stone has his hands full in his race for Democratic Committeeman with Ira Silverstein. And we saw how far his influence extended when he ran Mike Moses against Lou Lang.

I presume, but do not know, that Stone was frozen out of the Obama slate by the Congresswoman. But that doesn't explain why he would turn against Illinois' favorite son to run on the slate put up by Hillary Clinton. Nor does it explain why he would be slated at all. His history of falling asleep at City Council meetings follows him into political meetings, whether inside the 50th or at the Cook County Democratic Party level. Maybe Stone will send his proxy, if he gets selected -- in fact, Stone's history of sleeping may open the door for Naisy to vote at the Convention (she's running as an alternate). How a delegate gets selected to go depends on how well the presidential candidate they prefer does in that Congressional District, as well as how well the delegate did. Democratic rules require a balance of men and women delegates, so that plays a part as well. I'd bet that the fact that Berny is male had a lot to do with his inclusion on Hillary Clinton's slate.

Still, there's something poetic about Naisy and Berny squaring off again, even if indirectly. Whether intentional or not, the candidates they prefer reflect the message each ran with less than a year ago.

9 Comments:

At October 31, 2007 8:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a better idea. Take a Green Party ballot and vote for Rex English for 50th Ward ILGP Committeemen.

 
At November 01, 2007 8:50 AM, Blogger Jay said...

Is Rex running opposed?

 
At November 01, 2007 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rex is running unopposed right now and the ILGP will be putting a candidate to go up against Jan Schakowsky. I think we could place 2nd in a 3 way contest with the Republicans in that race.

 
At November 02, 2007 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I might add that by building an ILGP organization in the 50th Ward, we can provide an alternative Political Community to Bernard Stone and his Patronage Machine. The 50th Ward ought to be so much more than "Bernie, or Not Bernie." How about a separate community within the Ward that, as much as possible, ignores Bernie and the Democratic machine?

 
At November 02, 2007 12:50 PM, Blogger Jay said...

Why would voting for an unopposed candidate who in possibly the only race on the Green Party ballot a better idea? I would think it would dilute the anti-Stone vote, and I hope that we'd agree that it's important to get Stone out as the Democratic Committeeman.

 
At November 03, 2007 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because the Democratic Party is corrupt and cannot be redeemed regardless of who its leaders are. Ira Silverstein is just a younger machine hack who will turn out just as bad as Stone. Four years from now your blog will be exposing his shortcomings!

 
At November 05, 2007 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone named John Nocita is running against Jan!?!? i wounder if this is stone's guy?

 
At November 05, 2007 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real alternative to Jan Schakowsky is Green Party candidate Morris Shainman. Have the courage on February 5th to break yourself of our national addiction to two incompetent parties. Vote Green for a better and progressive America! Put America and the 50th Ward First by voting Green!

 
At November 06, 2007 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone named John Nocita is running against Jan!?!? i wounder if this is stone's guy?

I don't think so. I doubt this guy will make it to the ballot. The address he gave is in Rahm's district, and he's not even registered to vote there!

 

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