Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

3 years
ago

Danny Solis: The Establishment Candidate, but Campaigning like a Rookie

Danny Solis, 61, and a grandfather, is running in his fifth—and least fun—election for alderman. Appointed in the 25th Ward on the Near West Side by Mayor Daley in 1996, Solis finds himself in his first runoff—against a tenacious, much younger opponent, Cuahutémoc “Témoc” Morfin, 39. (For details on the race, see my interview with Morfin. Solis is a machine stalwart…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

 

Rush Limbaugh Mistakes Educator Eleanor Kaye Wilson for the Obamas’ Nanny

“‘The First Lady looked stunning, as always, as she stepped down the jet in a textured frock along with her husband and her two daughters,’ her mother, and the nanny,” Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday on his radio show, reading from an article he called “pathetic.” The words “her mother, and the nanny,” were added by the talk-show host—they were not in the story from which he quoted…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Did Rahm Emanuel Have a Role in O’Hare Expansion?

Yesterday, when lame-duck mayor Richard M. Daley finally got some of what he wanted in the building of a new runway and a new air traffic control tower at O’Hare, he got to take center stage. But people who follow city politics saw the hand of Rahm Emanuel, who has an old friend in Ray LaHood, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

 

Tom Carey, Adviser to Carol Moseley Braun, Weighs in on Her Campaign

Tom Carey, 56, has been working for candidates here—from Rich Daley to John Stroger—since he was 25. One day in January, the political strategist received a call from a local lawyer who was volunteering for Carol Moseley Braun. The man told Carey he would pick him up to take him to a meeting, but didn’t say with whom. Carey was soon in the Hyde Park home of Moseley Braun, talking politics with the woman who, at the time, was hoping for a runoff with Rahm Emanuel…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Coming Soon: A New Generation of African-American Candidates?

Hermene Hartman, publisher and editor in chief of N’DIGO, angered some members of her African-American community when she endorsed Rahm Emanuel over Carol Moseley Braun. She told me recently that the black political/business/religious leaders who selected Moseley Braun had better move aside, or, at least, rethink their strategy. “We are not training people to run for office,” she laments. Her case in point: LeAlan Jones…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Miguel del Valle Says No to Rahm Emanuel

Mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle says he declined an invitation from Rahm Emanuel to co-chair the mayor-elect’s transition team. Del Valle told me in a phone interview that he turned the position down because—after his term as City Clerk is over on May 15th—he will work on other projects “organizing around progressive issues in the neighborhoods.”…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Mayor-Elect Rahm’s High-Profile Brothers

Rich Daley suffered his share of controversial stories about his brothers Bill and John, but they were not nearly as dramatic as what awaits us with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Last night on WIND’s Mike Gallagher Show, the conservative host was in full outrage mode over a story…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

 

Could the AP Have Found One Voter Not Voting for Rahm Emanuel in the Mayoral Election?

While it’s true that Rahm Emanuel leads his three main rivals in the race today to succeed Richard M. Daley as mayor of Chicago, there are some people in this city who cast a ballot for someone other than Emanuel. Perhaps not, according to an Associated Press story picked up by many media outlets, including Crain’s. The piece, which did not have a byline, includes interviews with six voters—and five are voting for Rahm. (One voter doesn’t say whom he’s voting for.)

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

 

Controversial Pastor and Chico Supporter Herbert Martin—plus Memories of Steve Cokely

At the ABC7 debate Thursday, the candidates for mayor were asked whom they would name to their “kitchen” cabinets—their unofficial group of advisers. Not surprisingly, Gery Chico named two men whose endorsements are crucial: Congressman Luis Gutierrez and the Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr., longtime pastor of the Progressive Community Church in Bronzeville. Martin, 68, is best known for being Harold Washington’s close friend and pastor—and for standing with Steve Cokely in 1988 after Cokely, then 37, made inflammatory recorded lectures at Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam headquarters.

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

 

Tea Party for Chico, Donald Trump for Emanuel—What’s the Difference?

Rahm Emanuel and his surrogates have been pounding relentlessly on Gery Chico for accepting—sort of—the endorsement last month of the Chicago Tea Patriots, an offshoot of the main Chicago Tea Party group. But late last year, before a new campaign finance reform law kicked in, Donald Trump contributed $50,000 to Rahm’s campaign for mayor. This is the same Donald Trump who appeared in Washington earlier this month before the uber-right group…

Carol Felsenthal