Two important things about Chuy. First, CTU and SEIU created that Mayoral campaign out of thin air. Teachers unions and SEIU are the biggest fish still out there and will not be for JB. This is likely wouldn’t have happened without CTU and SEIU being ok with it.
Second, Chuy was Bernie Sanders primary spokesperson here and most identifiable surrogate. This is a signal to Bernie voters to move to Chris after the Biss/Rosa debacle (maybe Rosa will endorse Kennedy too).
The Soda Tax issue isn’t helpful, but Kennedy has been clearly on the record in opposition. If JB had to answer for every position his endorsers took he’d be in big trouble. Does he oppose gay marriage and abortion like Glen Poshard?
===…remember that Chuy took Rahm to a runoff before LaQuon McDonald, raising property’s taxes, and constant stories about CPS insolvency. There are a lot of Chicagoans who regret their vote.===
Again, I agree it’s a big get. It’s undeniable.
I dunno if dissatisfaction with Rahm or a love for Chuy will resonate as a larger or smaller plus just yet.
I have no idea what the Pritzker Crew is doing or rolling out or even discussing WHEN they will do anything. Having said that, I feel Kennedy may need the infastruvtre support in the City, and Chuy aids in that, so have the endorsement.
Pritzker may not need that infastructure support with Rahm, having Labor do that lift, so you sit on Rahm endorsing until you don’t.
Different campaigns have different needs with endorsements. That’s all.
Chuy has zilch “infrastructure” in Chicago. No organization. No money. But he’s got that soda tax vote. Tip to Kennedy, rethink taking an endorsement right now from anyone who voted for the soda tax because they are toxic. Just sayin’.
Are we certain Chuy is a “strong supporter” of the soda tax? He voted for it, but what has he said since? If anything this is further indication that he will vote to repeal or is generally softening on it.