* Not unexpected…
* From the Tribune earlier today…
On Thursday, an aide to Daley said the campaign anticipates Quinn will win the backing of the 50 ward and 30 township committeemen who are scheduled to gather at a Loop hotel to consider statewide endorsements. As such, Daley doesn’t plan to show up to the slate-making session to ask for their support or try to persuade them not to endorse Quinn.
“In the last three slate-making sessions, the Cook County Democratic Party has backed Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn,” Daley spokesman Pete Giangreco said. “And when you look at the relationship that Joe Berrios and Frank Zuccarelli have with the governor, we don’t see any reason why that would change.”
Berrios, the county assessor who doubles as county Democratic chairman, has been criticized for hiring relatives. Zuccarelli, the Democratic committeeman and supervisor in Thornton Township, runs a potent vote-gathering operation. This week, Zuccarelli gave up his recent appointment by Quinn to the CTA board amid pointed criticisms from Daley about political patronage and double-dipping.
In forgoing slate-making, Daley, the son and brother of former Chicago mayors, is once again seeking to separate himself from his family history. His father, political boss Richard J. Daley, tightly controlled the endorsement process while serving as mayor, personally dictating the Democratic tickets at the state and local level.
At the same time, the slate-making session will mark the second consecutive appearance by Quinn before top county and city Democrats. In his earlier years as a political outsider, Quinn abhorred the slate-making process as an insiders’ game.
Dan Hynes tried to use Quinn’s slating against him in the 2010 cycle and it didn’t work.
…Adding… I’m told the vote was unanimous. ADDING: John Daley and two others didn’t vote for Quinn.
…Adding More… NBC5…
Quinn predictably showed up to the session and gave the crowd of fellow Democrats his “land of Lincoln” stump speech, touching on his Illinois Jobs Now program and emphasizing the importance of “working every day for everyday people.”
“I need your support,” he told the group. “It’s going to be a tough campaign.