Mayordaley II is the complete party animal in his criticizing Forrest Claypool for non-support of Todd (son of John) Stroger in the general election Nov. 7. Claypool should “move on” after losing in the primary to John, then stroke-disabled but hidden from view of all but fam and handlers, who was replaced by son Todd only after deadline passed for independent filings. Clever, those Cook County Democrats.
Daley compared it to 1983, when he lost the mayoral primary to Harold Washington, but then supported Washington in the November election.
Apples and oranges, said Claypool, thanks to how Todd got the nod. Besides, Washington is not to be compared to Todd. Claypool added,
“I would have hoped that Rich Daley supported Harold Washington because he was a good leader, not because he had to for political reasons.”
Well if that’s not a mortal blow to the resurgent Daley, surviving huge scandal reportage of a few months back and looking to re-election in April, it’s still worth noting by the blogging classes. Anyhow, electing Todd will depend on swinging Claypool’s ward, the 47th (home of the city’s top recyclers), as noted by S-T’s Steve Patterson in this story.
It’s also noteworthy in Daley’s publicly characterizing Claypool as a political suicide for his intransigence:
“All of a sudden, because you don’t get your own way, you decide to walk away?” Daley said. “I lost the election. I didn’t destroy myself, I didn’t destroy my family, I didn’t destroy my political career.”
Didn’t destroy his family? Egad, what has Claypool done? Mass murder?
(Add to this what Rob Olmstead observes in Daily Herald, that the Daley comment “might be interpreted as a thinly veiled threat to get in line.” Yes indeed.)