Okay, so for my first post on ChicagoNow, I was going to interview the Manhattan Madam, the woman who supplied Eliot Spitzer with "friends," and who is now running for Governor of New York, but apparently political campaigns only pick up the phone for "real" journalists. So here I am introducing myself instead.
I'm Emily, and for five years, I was the mistress of American Princess, a national political blog that focused on such important issues as the similarities between Parker Griffiths and Parker Lewis, Obama-shaped Ecstasy tablets, why leggings are not pants and life in Chicago. The experience taught me a lot, specifically that its not such a great idea to be Republican. I've also had some excellent experiences. I talked Chicago diners and the superiority of hot dogs with Kirk Dillard. I danced to bad 80s music with Aaron Schock. I've bought down-on-their-luck Presidential candidates beer and listened to them cry. I once had my boobs ogled by John McCain (photographic semi-evidence). Which probably led to that previously mentioned epiphany.
In all seriousness, I'm a politically libertarian writer and media strategist living in the Gold Coast, relocated from the paradise of Detroit. I'm a seasoned political operative who has worked for several organizations blamed for astroturfing a variety of grassroots political movements on both sides of the aisle and been a fixture at political events for years (why I say I'm sort of the "celebutante" class of pundit - famous for not being famous at all). Over the past few years, I've discovered an inexplicably, probably masochistic love for Illinois politics and Illinois politicians that drives me to want to know more about them as people. I don't want to know why, but I hope to use this love and desire to bring you more than you ever wanted to know about the people hold and who seek to hold elected office in Chicago and beyond.
For the foreseeable future, I hope to supply you with just that level of too much information, awkward videos, entries on why leggings are not pants, stories about my adventures in Chicago and on the road with candidates, and plenty of material to take you into the mid-term elections and beyond. Feel free to join the conversation, share opinions and suggest topics...and follow me on Twitter: @emzanotti!