Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Mayor Daley Supporting Ira for Committeeman

Carol Marin, the political reporter for the Sun-Times, reports that Mayor Daley has changed his position from being neutral in the Democratic Committeeman's race in the 50th Ward to supporting St. Senator Ira Silverstein.

The mayor, I said, is throwing his support to your opponent, Ira Silverstein for 50th Ward committeeman. Daley has just authorized the release of both a picture and a statement, I added.

If you can imagine a voice slumping back into a chair, that's what Bernie Stone sounded like.

"Then I'm shocked," said the 80-year-old vice mayor and dean of the City Council. "Shocked."

Ira Silverstein is a 47-year-old state senator whose district includes Stone's ward and other parts of the far North Side, Lincolnwood, Skokie, Morton Grove and Niles.

Though Silverstein has supported Stone in past elections, including last year's aldermanic contest, he has decided to challenge him Feb. 5 for the time-honored, nonpaying, highly political post of Democratic ward committeeman.

One commenter had even gone so far as to suggest that "the mayor asked Ira to run for committeeman." This endorsement of Ira lends substantial credence to that account.

Carol Marin relates that the Mayor was largely responsible for Ald. Stone's re-election victory last May:

Mayor Daley came to Stone's rescue. He sent in an army of workers plus veteran strategist Mike Noonan, who pulled a rabbit out of the hat.

But there has been growing criticism that Stone is too old school and that it's time for, you know, change. The byword of this election season.

Silverstein has allied himself with the so-called progressive wing of the party, people such as state Sen. Jeffrey Schoenberg and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky. "Schakowsky represents the extreme left wing," Stone barked. "She wants to be boss of the North Side."

Stone doesn't have much use for progressives and says so. "I'm a middle-of-the-roader, more conservative. The liberals have always hated me."

Perhaps he should have added, "I'm through." So much for Stone's desire to elevate his daughter to his alderman's position. Never forget, that's what this election is about.


At January 23, 2008 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Mayor Daley came to Stone's rescue. He sent in an army of workers plus veteran strategist Mike Noonan ... "

Marin neglected to include the role of CASH in Daley's bail-out of Stone last spring. Daley funneled great wads of big corporate retail dollars to Stone through a fund controlled by Daley.

from: First C D (Congressional District) Victory PAC (Political Action Committee)

to: Bernard L Stone Campaign Committee

$10,000.00 4/5/2007

Campaign Disclosure

At January 24, 2008 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps he should have added, "I'm through." So much for Stone's desire to elevate his daughter to his alderman's position. Never forget, that's what this election is about.

I dont think so, This election was about the Aldermans lively hood. He enjoys what he does and enjoys helping people. You too will get old one day and need a purpose in life Stone has one, HELPING PEOPLE
Your just too blind to see it or it's because you don't get what you want. It's not about what you want it's what the people want.
Stone is there. Stone has office hours 2 times a week in the evenings for those who work during the day and does not lock the doors until the very last person is seen. Thats dedication for an 80 year old man.THATS SERVICE!!!

At January 26, 2008 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh, how was Stone surprise by Marin's news?

Daley does very well on election days and Stone climbs on his coattails every election. portraying himself as one of Daley's chief advisers, Daley's right hand man in City Council

fact is Daley & Stone rarely talk

now that Daley has withdrawn his support, Stone is spinning himself as the leader of the anti-Daley revolt in City Council! Stone told the crowd at Boone that he "gathered votes" opposed to Daley's property tax increase, but unfortunately could not gather enough.

what a farce!

maybe next Stone will turn Republican again

Daley is no better than Harold Washington!

At January 26, 2008 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's be HONEST: Daley and his people are as TREACHEROUS as they come. Nobody will EVER KNOW the true reason unless they were in the room, but word in the community is Silverstein has Deals with NAISY DOLAR and GREG BREWER, Conflicting Deals, over his future Aldermanic Support; Silverstein and those whose STOOGE HE IS than sold Daley a BILL OF GOODS,which blended with "DUH MARE"'s legendary vindictiveness and STONE VOTING AGAINST DALEY'S PROPERTY TAX INCREASE completed the UGLY DEED!

At January 27, 2008 7:47 AM, Blogger Jay said...

I wondered when we'd hear of the rumors started by Ald. Stone and his hacks. Another way to look at this is that Greg and Naisy are supporting Ira because Silverstein would be a much better Democratic Committeeman. It serves both their interests, since any future race for Alderman would be a lot more fair.

It's hilarious that you would accuse the Mayor of treachery, since Berny needed his help to win last year. And I know I won't see a penny increase in my property taxes, even though the Transfer Tax was raised to save CTA. Lots of us here use public transportation. The Alderman could afford to be obstreperous since he gets chauffeured like a Mob Boss!

At January 27, 2008 3:14 PM, Anonymous David L. said...

What I think is interesting is that while my Northern Boundary home has been blanketed by Stone, Silverstein, Deranty, and other local office contender election pamphlets not one brochure for any presidential candidate has shown up on my door step.

The parochial behaviour here is amazing. Our country's future is at stake and we have precinct captains worrying about our next sewer commissioner.

Am I thankful I took a Republican ballot and voted for Ron Paul in Early Voting.

At January 27, 2008 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

[Carol Marin] asked Stone why he thought it had happened [Daley endorsing Silverstein].

"Maybe because I didn't support the mayor's last budget. Maybe because I support Hillary Clinton and not his presidential candidate, Barack Obama," he said.

yeah, sure

maybe it's because Stone is an embarrassment to himself and our ward and our City

maybe it's because Stone doesn't have enough sense left to know when to retire,

maybe it's because everyone closest to Stone who you might think might care about him as a human being is on the payroll and so eggs him on to run and run and run ...

At January 28, 2008 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe it's because Daley knew from his IG that indictments were coming down

At January 29, 2008 6:50 PM, Anonymous David L. said...

Today I received a flyer from one Avy Myers. He described how 50th ward Jews, last year, came out in mass to re-elect Bernard Stone. Forgive me Avy but my wife and I are Jewish as our all of our friends who live in the ward and we all, with a few exceptions, voted for Naisy Dolar last year. I might add that I sincerely hope Naisy wins in '11, something Myers' flyers warns will happen if Silverstein wins on Feb 5th.

To compound matters Myers' "Jewish Chicago" evaluates the presidential candidates solely on "how they stand with Israel." Forgive me comrade but I vote in Chicago, not in Tel Aviv and an America entangled in bad wars overseas like Iraq, whose economy is battered, and whose country is being overwhelmed due to a poor immigration policy, won't be of help to anyone, Israel, San Marino, or even Equatorial Guinea! For myself I'm glad I avoided this insanity, voted early on the Repubican side, and supported Ron Paul for President.


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