* It hasn’t reached Dick Tuck levels yet, but Rahm Emanuel’s campaign has been pulling some political pranks on Gery Chico lately. All of the pranks are related to Chico’s claims that Emanuel wants to raise taxes by expanding the sales tax to services, along with a proposed quarter-point cut in the overall sales tax rate. The other day, Chico held an event a a barber shop, claiming that Emanuel’s new service tax would be imposed on those who cut hair (never gonna happen). Emanuel’s campaign was also there…
Outside Ron’s Barber Shop on South Harper, someone toyed with Chico’s campaign by sending a stretch limousine with posters on it that read, “Gery’s tax-free ride.”
The limo driver would not say who sent him. Asked if Emanuel’s campaign sent the limo, Emanuel spokesman Ben Labolt said, “Can you quote me winking?”
As Chico talked, speakers from a rented truck blared a Web video produced by the Emanuel campaign, accusing Chico of distorting Emanuel’s plan to cut the city’s sales tax in exchange for broadening the tax to include some services.
The video rolled several news clips under a 1965 hit by the Lovin’ Spoonful, “Did You Ever Have to Make up Your Mind?,” to illustrate Emanuel’s contention that Chico supported a similar idea before turning against it.
Chico called that “a bunch of bunk,” explaining he’d previously suggested adding “e-tailing” or Internet purchases to the sales tax rate, not the “entire new swath of taxes” that Emanuel backs.
Braun traveled to Washington and New Orleans last week to raise money so she can air television spots she has already shot but can’t afford to air. Her campaign posted a nearly three-minute video called “On the Issues, In Every Neighborhood” on YouTube.
The video of the Moseley Braun and Van Pelt- Watkins love fest at the church is truly amazing to behold. Poor Chico and Del Valle just sat there looking straight ahead like stone figures either afraid or unable to show any reaction. That Carol said what she said, and in the way she said it–inside a house of worship no less– has to leave some serious doubt as to her state of mind. Her performance yesterday won’t help her fund raising efforts much, or endear her to the AA community. Lashing out in such a personal way at her weakest opponent just seemed weird.
Really, now, is it necessary for Emanuel to play such schoolyard pranks as far up in the polls as he is? I know all is fair in war and politics. I also wish I could avoid this mess since I don’t live in the city and have no electoral stake in the outcome.
On the other hand, CMB’s trash talk adds a surreal quality to the race that balances out the RE stuff. Doesn’t she know people are watching? Does she care? Can she care? Does that kind of spew make her tea taste better?
42nd Ward, at this point these stunts constitute an insurance policy for Rahm. On the chance that there is a runoff they clearly don’t want Chico as an opponent.
If they can neutralize Chico the election is over. I think that this is representative of a candidate who actually is going to keep driving hard through election day, as opposed to just waltzing through the remainder of the cycle.
The video of the interaction played on all Chicago TV stations this morning where Ms Braun called Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins a crack head and has effectively destroyed what little support she had out side of the African American community. It was ghetto politics at its worst.
Van Pelt-Watkins raised a legitimate point relating to Ms. Braun’s lack of a community based role in the African American community. Its fairly clear that while ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa she had very limited contact with the community. While Senator she was outside community level politics. I think it is fair to say her deepest last contacts with the community were when she was Cook County’s recorder of deeds in the late 1980s.
The charge that Braun has not been visible helping the community since leaving public office is a valid one, given that it appears that her own financial troubles may be motivating her return to politics. It’s a fair comment that she seems to be trying to take care of herself rather than others. On the other hand, a baseless charge of crack use in a church is simply disgraceful. Makes you question who is really on crack here, the one accused of it or the one acting like it.
Chico obviously doesn’t know squat about sales taxes. No city can go ahead and expand taxable categories on its own without the state. Illinois has a narrow sales tax base because of state law. And if Emanuel lobbies the state for such a change I’ll be right behind him; Illinois needs to lower the rates and broaden the base.
this would all be hilarious if it was not so sad. wow, 2011 in the United States of America and this is how far we have come? with stupid stunts and ignorant attacks on people in a church? i am glad i just moved out of chicago and don’t have to vote for any of them
It is still not clear to me why Watkins hasn’t been allowedvto participate in these debates. I attended a forum with her and I can honestly say she was the most poised and articulate. With some media exposure, I think she would have had more numbers. She has real potential. Shame on the black leaders for picking Braun. They had to know she couldn’t win, and they had to know about her temper and ego. I still can’t understand that decision. But, if they keep pushing down good leaders then they are going to end up with the same old guard options.
Braun traveled to Washington and New Orleans last week to raise money ,,,,,,I’m confused, I thought Rahm was the Devil from outside Chicago accepting non Chicago money? Must be a lot of Chicago residents in NO and DC these days LOL
*How insecure is this Emanuel fella? All the money in the world, huge lead in the polls, yet he feels the need to ask the president to step up for him (an outrageous request) and pull childish stunts.
When he wins, is he going to do the Icky Shuffle in the endzone? Are his supporters going to storm the court like the Hoosiers did the other night when they beat the Illini in a regular season game?
Word - 99.44% of the time I agree with your comments, but I have to disagree on this one. I see these moves as not taking anything for granted. He runs the risk of coming across as the anointed one, so bringing in the pres, his Chico shenanigans, etc., all show that he is going to fight for this job. I think that is a smart move.
===Word - 99.44% of the time I agree with your comments, but I have to disagree on this one. I see these moves as not taking anything for granted. He runs the risk of coming across as the anointed one, so bringing in the pres, his Chico shenanigans, etc., all show that he is going to fight for this job. I think that is a smart move.===
I agree. He has always said he knows it will be hard to crack 50% in the first round, and this election won’t be won with money.
That said, I’m not a fan of negative campaigning and they run the risk of elevating the other candidate. However, I do appreciate that it’s being done with humor and not the over the top theatrics of Chico or the mean-spiritedness of Moseley Braun.
Montrose, I think it’s incredibly selfish to ask a sitting president to spend a penny of political capital to weigh in on a race among supporters in his own party. I wonder if Chief of Staff Emanuel would have even let a similar request get to the president. I would hope not.
As far as the stunts, I’d suggest that in addition to being childish, they’re counter-productive as they reinforce an image of pettiness and nastiness that he should want to shake.
With all the media channels available today, you can immediately counter an opponent’s message without crashing an event and causing a ruckus in the street.
And seriously, does he need to be engineering confrontations at events, given our rather anxious political environment? He should show some leadership and shut that stuff down.
it’s not at all surprising that Rahm would head to Dick Tuck land, heck, he’ll go to Gordon Liddy land soon enough if Gery gets into a runoff. Remember, Rahm ran an opposition research firm back in the day so his personal focus runs to this kind of activity.
Emanuel’s rep said former President Clinton offered to help, they did not and would not ask. Maybe President Obama did the same? Other candidates have made negative charges about his service under both. How does one respond to that? Ignore it, speak for them, or let the Presidents speak for themselves?
Chico is going all out with his publicity stunts. A haircut is a luxury? I don’t know that it’s smart for the Emanuel campaign to respond the way they have, but screaming “He wants to raise your taxes!” has always been a potent political tactic and today is the first day of early voting. It looks like they want douse any sparks before they have a chance to catch on. It could backfire on them, but so could not responding in an equally forceful way.
Rahm is smart to use those tactics. Who cares how much money he has or how big his lead is? You do what it takes to win and don’t stop until the polls close. That is the strength that attracts people to him. This is Mayor of Chicago, not Village President of Pawnee, IN.
Rahm is all about playing childish pranks. It is his nature.
Read the Sun-Times “endorsement” that had a weird Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde take on Emanuel. The editorial board admitted that he has a deserved reputation as a bully and a lack of familiarity with the entire city (sort of makes you appreciate the reason for the “one year” residency requirement), but hopes that he will work things out.
There is only one rule: You can not over-win an election. Emanuel should lay into his opponents in every way he can, as often as he can until the polls close. He is running for Mayor of Chicago, for Pete’s sake. Both his current opponents and his future city council members need to believe he is omnipresent, even if he only shows up for snark’s sake.