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RF / September 9, 2010 3:23 PM

David Hoffman!!!!!!

ktr / September 9, 2010 3:26 PM

tamale guy.

Cheryl / September 9, 2010 4:19 PM

Tom Dart

bib / September 9, 2010 4:25 PM

tim samuelson

Phillips / September 9, 2010 4:48 PM


Charlie D. / September 9, 2010 4:49 PM

Valerie Jarrett

Mike / September 9, 2010 5:08 PM

Diamond Joe Quimby. Oh wait, that's our current mayor.

mike-ts / September 9, 2010 11:01 PM

Bring Shat Upon the anti-Clown (he goes by Fugly the Clown now; I looked him up) back to Chicago and make him mayor. He couldn't do worse than Rahm, or any other Usual Suspect for the office.

I think the next mayor will be holding the bag for what's gone on for the past 21 years, the same way poor old Bilandic got stuck with a city government working its way out of the last Daley monarchy. A lot of groups and people who were placated or bullied into silence will come roaring out. You know, "after me, the deluge" and all that.

If I was a Chicago politico with eyes on mayor, I'd sit this one out and run on the next election after the upcoming one, and not be the fall guy.

Carlotta / September 10, 2010 10:25 AM

Either Miguel del Valle, or David Orr

Spook / September 10, 2010 12:26 PM

I know that I will NOT vote for David Orr or Miguel del Valle. The fact that Daley has been in office for so long has every thing to do with thier spineless self centered abdication of leadership.

And for Miguel del Valle to call Daley a "great mayor" further rubs salt into the wounds Daley has created, while they looked the other way.

To reward these politicans who
instead of building coalitions to keep alive and stoke the fires of resistance,
formed a modern Chicago version of the Vichy Government, would be morally and deeply reprehensible.

annie / September 10, 2010 1:02 PM

Dart. But, I think even he would be crazy to want it. Who would want that job?

Carlotta / September 10, 2010 1:39 PM

Spook, I share your sentiment. It's really an outrage that practically nobody, anywhere, (e.g. news media, business, community groups) has stood up to Daley over the years. I'll be surprised if any alderman garners much support -- they were all collaborators.

However, Orr and del Valle are capable of putting together city-wide coalitions, and over the years they've accumulated impressive progressive resumes.

GB: your follow-up poll should be "Who DON'T you want to be mayor?"

Spook / September 10, 2010 2:13 PM

Indeed, they ARE capable of putting together city wide coalitions and they have over the years put together impressive resumes, which makes THIER YEARS of accommodationist and cowardly behavior all the more egregiously aborhorent.

Look what happened to all of that Obama energy. The only thing it inspired- post election- was the Tea Party and the only entity it up lifted are the banks and the rest of corporate America.

Liberals had better finally learn to be courageous
and principled or they
will be discard as they rightfully should be cause now they're only really taking up space.

Dutch / September 10, 2010 2:19 PM

Vote #2 for Tamale Guy!!

jj / September 10, 2010 2:22 PM

Cheryl Jackson - I'm still sad she didn't make it very far in the Senate primary. She would be an excellent leader - great administrative skills, connections across the city, business experience. But she probably won't run.

Anyone else bummed that no one is throwing any female names into this discussion?

mike-ts / September 10, 2010 10:11 PM

Anyone else bummed that no one is throwing any female names into this discussion? jj, you are right. Cedra Crenshaw should move to the city and run.

She's about as far from the Machine as you can get.

flange / September 11, 2010 1:48 PM

oh, but it isn't just the liberals, spook.

last night at the east pilsen open studios i happened to be among a group of radical leftists (ranging from early 30's to mid 60's) who were discussing the topic.

the organizers (for among radical leftists, there are no leaders) have set up a facebook page to continue the discussion.


flange / September 11, 2010 1:50 PM

oh, as for nominations, ben joravsky. may as well get those tif funds back, at least.

tj / September 13, 2010 8:59 AM

I would vote for Luis Gutierrez.

Andrew Huff / September 13, 2010 10:37 AM

Those voting Tamale Guy -- red or blue?

Matt / September 13, 2010 11:54 AM

Ron Huberman.

jen / September 13, 2010 12:12 PM


I'm for any of those three. NO on Huberman, please! We don't need him fucking up one more thing in this city.

JohnnyQ / September 13, 2010 1:38 PM

I would blindly vote for any Green Party candidate before I give thought to a hack like Gutierrez or Rahmbo.

Waguesy would merit a look too.

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