Spoiler Warning: 90 minutes of your life you can not get back.
Chicago goes to the polls tomorrow for a mayoral election. This is a non-partisan primary with five candidates. There are only two possible results. Either the incumbent Rahm Emanuel will gain 50.01% and be re-elected or he will be below that threshold and be forced into a run-off in April.
Rahm Emanuel is a competent administrator. He's also a completely conventional politician who is primarily motivated by making Chicago a place for wealthy people to "invest" in and for middle-class folks to visit, either as day trippers from the suburbs or as tourists from around the country. This election has been the rare time that he has to at least pretend to care about the people who actually live here because we actually control whether he keeps his job or not.
So the important thing tomorrow is to keep that window open. Six more weeks of a mayor pretending to care about all of his residents is about the best we can hope for. So this blog humbly endorses Anyone But Rahm.
Two Ways to Choose your Anyone But Rahm Candidate.
The latest poll shows Rahm winning 48% of the vote. His closest competitor, Chuy Garcia is at 26%. The third place candidate is back at 15%. So if there is a run-off, we know who it will between Rahm and Garcia. There are two strategic goals to pursue here, leave Rahm looking weak or give Rahm an incentive to run to the left. But the field does not have a clear-cut Lefty. It's basically 5 centrists of varying credibility and experience.
I really wish there was an actual reformer in the field, but there is not. I've done some research on all of the candidates and none of them particularly inspire me. But he is the only candidate with a chance of surviving to the run-off. It's better for him to be strong. If nothing else, that will give us six more weeks of Mayor who has to pretend to care about the people who live here. So in lack of a better alternative, this blog endorses Chuy Garcia as the marginally best candidate of four alternatives to a lousy but not terrible incumbent. I somehow doubt he will use that quote in any of his ads, but it has the advantage of being true. So please, Vote Garcia.