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r / February 21, 2011 2:57 AM

I've been robocalled and humancalled more in the last 2 days than in the last year!

I told an Emanuel volunteer over the phone today that I hope if Rahm wins (as projected), he'll give del Valle a high-level job in his cabinet. Chico and Braun, on the other hand, can fend for themselves, imho.

sul / February 21, 2011 8:26 AM

r, I would love to see del Valle get a high-level job in Rahm's cabinet.

I'm voting for del Valle, but I don't expect him to win.

I think Rahm will win. But a runoff would be interesting.

Mimi / February 21, 2011 10:38 AM

Voted for del Valle, expect a run off between Chico and Emanuel. Expect Emanuel to win in April.

I'd like to see him give jobs to del Valle and Doc Walls. For a perennial candidate, he's not insane.

Andy / February 21, 2011 11:16 AM

I'm voting for del Valle. I don't expect him to win but I do think he has a remote shot of coming in second and forcing a runoff. Brawn has dropped in recent polls and I feel like Chico's negatives are rising by the day.

Spook / February 21, 2011 3:51 PM

Honestly, I take no pleasure in writing this. But
Emanuel "should" win. He's the only candidate with vision enough to plan/ run for Mayor, long before Daley announced his retirement.

deValle aka "The Logan Square/ Bike Candidate" was a political leader and city clerk far long enough to have began organizing/ building a rainbow progressive/liberal coalition( for Mayor) as soon as he became clerk. He had the time/ connections, yet choose to tinker at reform, while cheerleading for Daley up until today.

Further, members of his campaign are working harder at unseating one of the few Alderman who actually opposed Daley.

Honestly I view him as an updated liberal version of Eugene Sawyer, and can't see him as a strong progressive Mayor. Therefore I'm not going to denigrate my measly, pathetic, but only vote on him.

Carol Moseley Braun is just sad, sad and more sad. The only thing she represents is Chicago's useless and corrupt Negro leadership who oversee a blind community who can't even visualize being off Daley's plantation. I'm sure they will all settle just as meekly on Emanuel's

Gery Chico is actually running a good campaign and is the reason why I laugh at white liberals who run around Chicago saying "No body is illegal" while pressing for our government not to control our borders. Chico represents the rise of Chicago's HDO Hispanic Machine (getting stronger because of our increased Mexican legal and illegal population),and supported by Ed Burke, and the 19th Ward lead by "liberal" Tom Dart.
And while it may be their turn to control/plunder City Hall, this lonely voter in the woods aint supporting it.

Walls is not serious,( again representing failed Chicago Negro leadership) and runs for office as his major source of income.

I've never been so disappointed in liberal politicians/leaders utter failure to take back this city. And while I should go with Emmanuel because he will at least protect my property values, I'll probably vote for Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins. While she probably doesn't deserve to be Mayor,( and she won't be tomorrow) she managed to win over the demons of her drug addiction and poverty. Then do some good in the Black community. Maybe one day she will actually be the candidate that deValle and Braun should have been.

Ironic that this particular election comes during Black History Month, which reminds me of something Toni Morrison wrote in The Bluest Eye.
"we were not strong, only aggressive; we were not free, merely licensed; we were not compassionate, we were polite; not good, but well behaved. We called ourselves brave, and hid like thieves from life"

I hope we learn something by the next for years, because by then we will have created yet another generation of modern Day Pecola Breedloves.

Kelly / February 21, 2011 6:38 PM

I'm voting for deValle

beer:30 / February 21, 2011 10:08 PM

I really wish F-bomb Rahm had cut his scrotum on his SUV keys so he would have to wear a giant nut-sack bandage while campaigning, just to feel some pain. Cuz he's living in a very pain-free un-reality right now what with everyone tellling him he's going to be the next mayor. Rahm doesn't act like he either needs nor wants my vote. Thus, he shall not get it, regardless of how effective a mayor he may [or may not] be. CMB just continues to disappoint, and Chico appears more clueless with every day that passes. Del Valle has earned my vote by honest default, both of us knowing it will not be him.
Wow. This is how it happens. Sad, innit?

Monica / February 21, 2011 10:48 PM

I want del Valle to win. I sadly think that Rahm will win and, if anything, there will be a runoff between Chico and Rahm.

Edward / February 21, 2011 10:50 PM

My vote goes to Rahm. Chicago isn't just a city. It's a city that has great value on an international level. Only with Rahm's rolodex and experience on that level can Chicago remain so.

Stef / February 21, 2011 10:51 PM

I'm voting for deValle.

Here's why:

annaphallactic / February 21, 2011 10:51 PM

"Negro"? "Spook"? What is this, a Klan rally in 1955? Wow.

But I digress: del Valle all the way.

David / February 21, 2011 10:53 PM

Yeah, I'm voting for del Valle, but he's not going to win.

Of course, I assume Emanuel's going to win. For what it's worth, I'd rather see him than Chico.

Oh, and the Aldermanic candidate whose robocall woke me up at 8 this morning is not getting my vote.

Elvia / February 21, 2011 11:49 PM

I have come to LOATHE robocalls - I will be actively campaigning against Tony Muñoz because of them! I will also work to get Luis Gutierrez out for his pettiness in supporting Chico solely to cover his own a@@.
Rahm is such slime that I would never want him as mayor; Chico screwed the people of the city in every post he was appointed to so I hope he does not make it into the run off. Braun just imploded and she has too much shadyness from her term as senator and her baggage from being ambassador. both Patricia and Walls have interesting ideas but I didn't really have enough info on them to want to support them. I already voted for Del Valle- 20+ years as a public servant and not 1 investigation or even the inkling of unethical behavior! the man deserves a medal just for that! I do believe he has the where withall to bring this city together.

chicagoan / February 22, 2011 12:42 AM

I assume none of you anti-Rahm's were at Grant Park 2 years ago singing kumbiyah when he, along with his pal Obama gained control of our country. Your shallow, knee jerk decision making to an election, that may decide a future dynasty, is appalling. You may never agree with any candidate, but please don't make your decisions based off juvenile tendencies to go against the status quo. He may seem the obvious win, but your support towards any candidate is better than your apathy towards none.

cinchel / February 22, 2011 5:19 AM

Del Valle

sul / February 22, 2011 7:43 AM

Wow, there are a lot of del Valle supporters here.

It looks like even without much money for ads he's getting his message across -- at least to Gapers Block readers.

Wouldn't it be funny if he managed an upset victory?

flange / February 22, 2011 9:57 AM

rahm won the moment his judge decided he really had lived here the last two years.

i'm more interested in voting against that judge than voting for mayor.

Sophi / February 22, 2011 10:02 AM

I voted for Del Valle this morning. Hoping he ends up in the runoff, if there is one. Not sure what I'll do in a runoff if it's Chico and Rahm, I find them both totally distasteful.

Also voted for Waguespack for 32nd ward.

Spook / February 22, 2011 10:17 AM

"Negro"? "Spook"? What is this, a Klan rally in 1955? Wow."

Well this is Chicago.

Get out your vote!

DJDeeJay / February 22, 2011 11:14 AM

Voted for Del Valle. I'm not anti-Rahm, so if he wins, that's fine (more or less). I like his plans for the CTA and food issues, but I also like del Vallue's plans AND he's maybe the least-corrupt politician in Chicago...ever?

lady / February 22, 2011 2:32 PM

i no longer care who wins. ive been "robocalled" entirely too frequently. i guess its a lesson to me to turn off my phone during sex, but god damn was that distracting.

David / February 22, 2011 4:06 PM

The winners are the ones who don't fall prey to the grand Chicago tradition of hyperbole and/or race-baiting.

As such, Spook is a fucking loser.

Spook / February 22, 2011 6:26 PM

We have about an hour to go before the polls close. Yet exit polls are pointing to a total upset propelling deValle forward to the Mayor of Gapers Block! Now the question is can he take Chicago?????


oh and it's been a while, since I've been truly rancorous around these heeya gardens, but
I feel I should now return the fay vah,

Dearest David,

at 7.00pm, the losers unfortunately are more than likely to be, again the majority of us all for the next twenty years.

And I Sir, I declare blame on people like you!

Oh so wise and secure atop their........mountainous
intellectual and insular self serving pla ti tudes. Where upon "real books" and real history, multi cultural and social economic learning and genuine relations with/ understanding of the "least of those" who might just very well "stay right down the street" are never to be found let alone engaged!

Ohhhhhhh look in the mirror Sir, or better yet
glimpse your reflection in the TV! You! The Hollow Man, whom Mr. T.S.Eliot described as ..

Head piece filled with straw, dried voices, quiet and meaningless,
as wind in dry grass,
shape without form, shade without colour,
paralysed force, gesture without motion"

Oh, Dave, as Kayne West said "Runaway from me Bay-Be, Runaway from me, Run away from Bay Be " But you won't you are increasing in numbers and it shows through out the country, so I shall do just that "runaway".

But now I'm off to the polls with head hung low........

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